Two friends fighting women’s rights joined a pension protest taking it to top of Tory command.
Sally Lambert, from Barnoldswick, and Helen Brewin, from Skipton, joined thousands of other protestors at the Conservative party conference in Birmingham.
They began in Victoria Square before a march to the conference area at the Birmingham ICC.
Sally and Helen were campaigning for changes to the women’s state pension increases, which has effected many women born in the 1950s.
They say women who started work at 15 paid in contributions in order to retire at 60, but had changes forced upon them with no notice and now have to wait until they are 66 before they get their state pension.
Helen said: “We paid in, you pay out. It’s not a benefit, its what we are due!”
The women were allowed to protest closer to the conference venue, just outside the security cordon, where they called on MPs for changes to the way women’s state pension increase were brought it.
The pair got the opportunity to shout their grievances at Iain Duncan Smith who they say just smirked at the protesting women.
Sally said: “We do not have a problem with the equalisation of the pension age. It’s just the speed it was brought in leaving many women with no chance to make other arrangements.”
Sally and Helen intend to carry on fighting for justice for women affected by the changes.