Peter Lilley, the man who as the Tories' last Social Security Secretary was accused by then opposition leader Tony Blair of planning to privatise the state pension, has been brought in from the cold by the Pickering review.
Lilley is one of three opposition politicians thanked by Pickering for their input. In a clear bid to establish a consensus among the parties , Pickering has also thanked the Tory and Lib Dem social security frontbenchers David Willetts and Steve Webb for their help in the simplification work.
The foreword to the document says : “All these politicians have been generous with their time and expansive with their ideas. This political buy-in has been critical in our desire to obtain considered input from the wider community. It has been of a much higher quality because of the visible commitment to the idea of simplification proffered by leading politicians.”