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Ninety-four year old Anne Mitchell of Sanquhar has thrown her support behind the SNP candidate for Dumfriesshire, Clydesdale and Tweeddale, Emma Harper.
Ms Harper spoke with Mrs Mitchell on a recent visit to Upper Nithsdale.  
The SNP candidate said that her party will stand up for pensioners.
Commenting she said:
“A strong team of SNP MPs in Westminster will fight to protect Scotland’s pensioners like Anne.  We will push to retain the triple lock on pensions and continue to make the case for a single-tier pension rate of at least ยฃ160 a week to ensure pensioners are no longer subjected to the scourge of means-tested benefits.

“The Tory/Lib Dem government’s plan to further increase the state pension age is a worry to people across the UK who are planning for their future, but the failure to take Scotland’s specific circumstances into account is particularly unfair with our comparatively low life expectancy rate.  That is why SNP MPs will reject any plans for a further increase in the state pension age.”

She added:

“Labour’s plans to means test the Winter Fuel Allowance is another worry, risking a fall in up-take if older people are put off by having to fill out forms online.  This is a particular difficulty in rural areas like ours.

“Our pensioners have contributed hugely to society and are entitled to get a fair deal in their retirement in return.

“A team of SNP MPs holding the balance of power will ensure that the contribution older people have made throughout their lives is recognised – and will deliver a new and better deal for pensioners in Scotland.”