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Pension pressure for Brown

Prime Minister Gordon Brown faced a fierce attack from the Tories and pension campaigners over his treatment of victims of occupational scheme collapses in the first-ever Tory fringe event at a Labour conference.

Pension campaigner Ros Altmann told the audience of over 200 people that the pensioners who lost out are “living proof that Gordon Brown cannot be trusted”.

She said that his lack of action contradicted claims at this year’s conference that he was interested in British values, fairness, social justice and people playing by the rules.

Altmann said: “Brown needs to prove that we can trust him. I would like to believe that things can change but these double standards cannot persist. I hope that his moral compass will start to point the right way.”

She said taxpayers would not be burdened, as an up-front loan would be paid for by the unclaimed assets found by the Young review.

After the fringe event, protesters stripped on Bournemouth beach for the fifth consecutive year at a Labour conference.

Conservative Shadow Work and Pensions Secretary Chris Grayling pledged to reintroduce amendments in this autumn’s Pensions Bill for immediate support to pensioners through an emergency loan and lifeboat fund.

He said: “This is not going away. We, along with the LibDems, will keep fighting. Brown does not seem to care or understand how immediate this problem is.

“People are selling their homes, people are dying before receiving help. We cannot afford the time it will take for another review.”

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