Published On: Wed, Dec 11th, 2019

State pension age change: McDonnell squirms as WASPI pledge dismantled | Personal Finance | Finance

The Shadow Chancellor John McDonnell hit back and said it has been costed overall despite the WASPI pledge not in the manifesto. Women Against State Pension Inequality (WASPI) argue they should be reimbursed for the thousands they have missed out on after paying into the system for years. The host said: “You’re thinking of the magic money tree and you haven’t got enough money for all of that.”

Speaking to Sky News Kay Burley, Mr McDonnell said: “I’ve costed it all completely.”

Ms Burley hit back: “You didn’t cost for WASPI.”

The Shadow Chancellor replied: “Yes I did. I set out the costings overall.”

But she noted the costings are not in the Labour Party’s manifesto.

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Mr McDonnell continued: “I said in the manifesto we will bring forward a proposal and we did in three days.

“It’s been completely costed.”

The Sky News host said: “We’ll see, I’ll check that as well.”

The Labour politician laughed and replied: “I’ll send you a copy Kay.”

“Either from what headroom we will inherit.”

The Jeremy Corbyn ally then snapped at Mr Marr: “Let me finish Andrew, please! I don’t want to be rude.

“Either from the headroom we inherit. Or we will borrow.

“And I do not shy away from that. This is a historic injustice. I am clearing up the mess of past Conservative Governments.

“I am standing by these women. I will not be moved from this.”

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