A former Conservative Parish Councillor has spoken of her anger and disgust for a party she had supported for 11 years, vowing to never vote Tory again.
Flick Foreman resigned from the Tory Party in 2000. Now 62, she is currently undergoing chemotherapy for breast cancer and learn’t of the Tories intention to increase her state pension age when she was 58.
Speaking to the i newspaper, Foreman says the Tories have gone to far and now believes that Jeremy Corbyn and the Labour Party are the best hope for women hit by the increase in state pension age. However, she adds that Labour still needs to do much more.
She said: “I was brought up an absolute true blue Tory but I couldn’t vote for them now. Not in a million years.
“I joined Labour for Jeremy Corbyn in 2016. He was like a breath of fresh air. I renewed my membership today.
“We have really intransigent Conservatives here. The Labour group has supported the local Waspi group really wonderfully.”
— #WASPI Campaign (@WASPI_Campaign) May 16, 2017
She continued: “Part of [my reasons] for joining the Labour party is Waspi. We are being ignored and shoved under the carpet. But it’s more than that. To me, the Tories have gone too far. They don’t care about anyone – the sick, NHS, the disabled.
“They have stepped over a line that to me is immoral. I will never trust them or vote for them again.
“The only reason I am living now is because of money my mum left to me. She died a couple of years ago. It’s not right. I looked after my dad with emphysema and nursed my mum until she died of lung cancer.”
On the Conservatives’ decision to increase her state pension age, Foreman said: “It hit me – how dare you do this to me? How dare you take what I’ve worked for all my life and say you have to wait six years?
“My husband and I are not wealthy – we never have been. He is 65 and in a physical job – he can’t work all of the time.”
— #WASPI Campaign (@WASPI_Campaign) May 18, 2017
She added: “I can’t explain the depression it made me go through. I got two years notice and then it was like: ’I don’t believe what you are telling me. How can you do this to me? Only give me two years and shatter my life plans?
“In a civilised society, old people are revered for their knowledge, and the young people are revered for their virtue – for what they can do for society.
“It appears that these days they are just trying to play one up against the other and say, ‘if we give the Waspi women their pensions, the young ones are going to have to pay for it’. The truth is that when I was working and paying national insurance, I paid for the generation before.
“That’s the way it’s always been. It’s not any different.
“The bottom line is that you have got 60+ year old women and you could lump us all together and say we don’t fight for things and we’ve always accepted what everyone has given us. But in fact we are so angry and so upset and desperately trying to change it.”
Labour must do more
“I know Labour has done something but it’s still not enough”, said Foreman.
“I want the next Government to take into account that they didn’t do proper assessments. They’ve got to give fair transitional arrangements to women.
“The Government needs to recognise they have made a huge mistake and stolen money from women who didn’t deserve it.
“All I want is what I was promised.”