Mhairi Black: 'The government can afford bombs but not pensions?'

Mhairi Black has spoken out against state pension increases claiming that "it's leaving women out of pocket".

Britain's youngest MP denounced the "rushed" plans that will see the state pension age for women move from 60 to 65.

Speaking in the Commons, the SNP member gave an impassioned speech telling a generally supportive house that ministers had "made a mistake".

This point got a particularly rousing cheer:

We can afford to send airstrikes to Syria and to pay for nuclear weapons, but we cannot afford to look after our pensioners? I just don't buy it.

Black demanded that the government help women who're "shafted and short-changed" by the change in policy.

She thinks that women having to rethink their plans in later life will lead to "undue hardship," the BBC reports.

A Department for Work and Pensions spokesperson responded with:

The existence of different State Pension ages for women and men represents a longstanding inequality, and the abolition of this discriminatory situation is long overdue.

Here's the Paisley and Renfrewshire South MP in action:

Mhairi Black: 'We can pay for bombs but not pensioners?'

"We can afford to send airstrikes to Syria and to pay for nuclear weapons, but we cannot afford to look after our pensioners? I just don't buy it."The SNP's Mhairi Black MP has demanded the government help women "shafted and short-changed " by increases to the state retirement age.A Department for Work and Pensions spokesperson said: “The existence of different State Pension ages for women and men represents a longstanding inequality, and the abolition of this discriminatory situation is long overdue."

Posted by Channel 4 News on Friday, 8 January 2016
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