House of Commons
War widows pensions
EDM #280
Tabled 11 March 2020
2019-21 Session
That this House honours and recognises the sacrifices that our veterans and their families make; notes the particular sacrifices that the partners of veterans make and the consequences for them of tragically losing a spouse or partner serving in the armed forces; notes the changes announced in 2014 which allowed war widows or widowers that lost their spouse or cohabiting partner in service in the armed forces before 6 April 2005, and had not remarried by 1 April 2015, to retain their war widow pension for life regardless of ongoing relationship status; notes however that this regrettably excluded war widows bereaved before 6 April 2005 that had already had to surrender their war widows pension upon remarrying or cohabiting; believes that this is unacceptable; notes that the only way this group of war widows could regain their pensions is by divorcing their current partners and remarrying them; agrees with the then Defence Secretary who said on 18 February 2019 that this was a burning injustice, Official Report, column 1187; and therefore supports the campaign of the War Widows Association to rectify this anomaly; and urges the Government to correct this injustice by providing equalisation and compensation for the small number of war widows unjustly affected.

Signatures (45)

The first 6 Members who have signed to support the motion are the sponsors. The primary sponsor is generally the person who tabled the motion and has responsibility for it. The date shown is when the Member signed the motion.
In addition to the sponsors, the following Members have signed to support the motion.
Bottomley, Sir Peter
Conservative
12 March 2020
Blackman, Bob
Conservative
12 March 2020
Chamberlain, Wendy
Liberal Democrat
12 March 2020
Stevens, Jo
Labour
13 March 2020
Glindon, Mary
Labour
14 March 2020
Robinson, Gavin
Democratic Unionist Party
16 March 2020
Donaldson, Sir Jeffrey M
Democratic Unionist Party
16 March 2020
Brady, Sir Graham
Conservative
17 March 2020
Davies-Jones, Alex
Labour
17 March 2020
Harris, Carolyn
Labour
17 March 2020
McMorrin, Anna
Labour
17 March 2020
Elmore, Chris
Labour
17 March 2020
Antoniazzi, Tonia
Labour
17 March 2020
Rees, Christina
Labour
17 March 2020
David, Wayne
Labour
17 March 2020
Bryant, Chris
Labour
17 March 2020
Evans, Chris
Labour
17 March 2020
Morden, Jessica
Labour
17 March 2020
Jones, Ruth
Labour
17 March 2020
Davies, Geraint
Labour
17 March 2020
Thomas-Symonds, Nick
Labour
17 March 2020
Streeting, Wes
Labour
17 March 2020
Lucas, Caroline
Green Party
17 March 2020
Saville Roberts, Liz
Plaid Cymru
17 March 2020
Cooper, Daisy
Liberal Democrat
17 March 2020
Jardine, Christine
Liberal Democrat
17 March 2020
Moran, Layla
Liberal Democrat
17 March 2020
Whitford, Dr Philippa
Scottish National Party
17 March 2020
Dromey, Jack
Labour
17 March 2020
Duffield, Rosie
Labour
17 March 2020
Jarvis, Dan
Labour
17 March 2020
Howarth, Sir George
Labour
17 March 2020
Cadbury, Ruth
Labour
17 March 2020
Kinnock, Stephen
Labour
17 March 2020
Perkins, Mr Toby
Labour
17 March 2020
Mishra, Navendu
Labour
17 March 2020
Stephens, Chris
Scottish National Party
19 March 2020
McLaughlin, Anne
Scottish National Party
23 March 2020
Crawley, Angela
Scottish National Party
23 March 2020
There are no withdrawn signatures for this Motion