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Fighting talk! Islington Pensioners Forum head north for speeches

14 June, 2019 — By Emily Finch

Dot Gibson joins fellow pensioners on the coach to Blackpool

CAMPAIGNING pensioners promised to “fight for the next generation” at the annual pensioners’ convention in Blackpool taking place this week.

A coach-load of over-65s left the Town Hall on Monday for the six-hour drive to the seaside town for a week of speeches covering fuel poverty, affordable social care and digital exclusion.

Bwonprong Uddin said: “We’re going to fight for the young generation, for better social care, pensions. People need to do something because it’s not right what the government is doing. They try to cut the NHS and it’s not right, it’s been open for 70 years now. It’s a pensioner like us.”

Islington Pensioners waiting at the Town Hall for their coach: Prasit Claver, Bwonprong Uddin, Irma Gomez

Irma Gomez, who is also campaigning to save her day centre called Sotheby Mews from closing, said: “We have to keep our free TV licences for over-75s and our bus passes. We’ve worked our whole lives for this.”

Secretary of the Islington Pensioners’ Forum, Dot Gibson, said she was “proud” to see the increase in numbers of people going to the annual convention from London.

“We are in a campaign to save free TV licences for over-75s and various other campaigns. I’m really looking forward to all of the speakers,” she said.

Islington Pensioners in action in Blackpool 

The conference ends today (Friday).


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