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Havering campaign to install minister for older people moves forward with letter to Prime Minister

MP Dame Angela Watkinson (right) receiving a letter from Cllr Pam Light and  Cliff Reynolds, Over 50s forum chairman, to take to David Cameron asking for a minster for older people. MP Dame Angela Watkinson (right) receiving a letter from Cllr Pam Light and Cliff Reynolds, Over 50s forum chairman, to take to David Cameron asking for a minster for older people.

Thursday, April 3, 2014
11:32 AM

The campaign to get a government minister for older people installed has moved a step closer with an open letter now on its way to the Prime Minister.

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Last week, Cliff Reynolds, chairman of the Havering Over 50s Forum, and Cllr Pam Light presented Hornchurch and Upminster Conservative MP Dame Angela Watkinson with a letter containing more than 500 signatures.

She will now take it to Downing Street and present it to David Cameron, who the campaigners hope to convince of the need for a minister to be appointed.

Mr Reynolds believes older people have needs that are “not properly represented in parliament.”

He said: “Many areas across the country have a large elderly population, particularly Havering, approximately one third of our 250,000 population are over 50.

“There is a minister for children and rightly so as their needs are different from adults, and one for people with disabilities whose needs are different again.

“Why not a minister for older people, whose needs can be complex and are not covered anywhere else?”

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