Mineworkers’ Pension Scheme

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 8:50 pm on 10th June 2019.

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Photo of Danielle Rowley Danielle Rowley Labour, Midlothian 8:50 pm, 10th June 2019

It has been really good to see the solidarity shown from both sides of the House on this issue. Earlier, the hon. Gentleman mentioned investment in pit areas. Miners typically stay in those areas and invest in them, and not only do retired miners tend to stay in the areas where they worked; they also give so much back. There are some fantastic retired miners and widows of miners in my area, such as Alex Bennett and Margot Russell, who have done amazing work locally and have given so much back. I was going to say that these people should be rewarded, but this is not about giving them a reward; this is about giving them what they worked for, and that is so important.