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WASPI campaigners have warned prospective MPs to be mindful of their cause as it could cost them votes in the General Election.

Chair of the WASPI (Women Against State Pension Inequality) campaign, Angela Madden, said their efforts to raise the issue with candidates ahead of July 4 is starting “in earnest now”.

She told Express.co.uk: “What we’ve been doing is putting in place our own campaign as to what we’re asking for.

“On our website this morning, we’ve put resources for WASPI women in the form of window posters, so that the canvassers going round know there is a WASPI women in there and what some of our expectations are from all of the political parties.”

The group claims they have widespread support from the public, with a recent survey finding 68 percent of the voting public think they should get compensation.

As such, they believe the issue of WASPI compensation could steer voters away from the two main parties if they don’t take a position on it.

She said: “We do expect the other parties to gain votes. I think people are really open about where their vote is going to go this year.

“The issues that matter to them, matter to them. I think the politicians need to take note of that.”

She dismissed the Conservatives’ triple lock plus policy saying it wouldn’t benefit many WASPI women.

And she has yet to be convinced the Labour Party would back the WASPI campaign, saying: “We still don’t know what Labour are saying, because they haven’t said it yet.”

However, she said she expects the Liberal Democrats to back WASPI compensation in their manifesto, as they called for this in their pre-manifesto.



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