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Add voices to debate

I concur whole-heartedly with Lifesearch’s Tom Baigrie’s assessment of the retail distribution review and I thank him for putting his head above the parapet.

I would urge the independent community to follow the lead of Tom and others and add their voices to this debate before it is too late and the die is cast.

Alan Parkinson
Principal CPD Independent Financial Advisors
Liverpool

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