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A small group of cross-party MPs have met recently to discuss the reinstatement of former Kenyan Civil Servant pensions, after their constituents stopped receiving their pension payments in March 2019.


The pensions are paid by Crown Agents Bank on behalf of the Kenyan Government. However, Crown Agents Bank say that they have not received pension payments from the Kenyan Government and therefore cannot pay it out.


Six cross party MPs have therefore written to the Minister of State for Africa, James Duddridge MP; written to His Excellency Mr Manoah Esipisu MBS, High Commissioner to the Republic of Kenya to the United Kingdom; tabled Parliamentary Questions and Debates, with the aim to resolve this issue for their constituents and other former Kenyan civil servants who have not received their pension since March 2019.


In a joint statement, the group said:
“It has been over 18 months since our constituent’s stopped receiving the pensions they are entitled to. We believe that the Government should treat this matter with some urgency, which is why we are now doing all that we can to bring this issue to the Government’s attention.”


The group is convened by Sharon Hodgson MP, Member of Parliament for Washington and Sunderland West and includes Ruth Cadbury, MP for Brentford and Isleworth; Stephen Timms, MP for East Ham; Gareth Thomas, MP for Harrow West; Tan Dhesi, MP for Slough; Seema Malhotra, MP for Feltham and Heston and Paul Bristow, MP for Peterborough.

Sharon convenes cross-party meeting on former Kenyan Civil Servant pensions

A small group of cross-party MPs have met recently to discuss the reinstatement of former Kenyan Civil Servant pensions, after their constituents stopped receiving their pension payments in March 2019....

Sharon Hodgson MP's report - Oct-Nov 2020 number 133

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Sharon pictured with local Poppy Appeal organiser and volunteer, Malcolm Pickering

Sharon Hodgson, Member of Parliament for Washington and Sunderland West and Shadow Minister for Veterans today (26th October 2020) supported the Washington Branch of the Royal British Legion (RBL) on their Poppy Appeal stall in ASDA at the Galleries in Washington.

Sharon, who is also Honorary President of the Washington Branch of the RBL, supports the local Poppy Appeal each year however due to Coronavirus restrictions the Appeal is very different this year with some people unable to volunteer or fundraise as they usually would.

Sharon said:

“I’m proud to support this year’s Poppy Appeal at the Galleries in Washington.

“Whilst the Appeal is slightly different this year, I’m encouraged to see the way local volunteers and the RBL have adapted to the challenges Coronavirus have posed us all.

“Constituents can still support the Poppy Appeal by donating a poppy through the post to neighbours, displaying a poppy in your window, donating online or undertaking a virtual Poppy run.

“I hope that my constituents will continue to show their support for the Royal British Legion and our service personnel, past and present.”

Malcolm Pickering, Local Poppy Appeal organiser and volunteer, said:

“I am delighted that Sharon was able to join and support us at this year’s local Poppy Appeal stall.

“Like most things this year, the Appeal and Remembrance Day events are very different to how we would normally commemorate those who have served, but it is no less important, so I urge everyone to commemorate in a way that is safe for everyone.”

You can find out more about this year’s Poppy Appeal on the Royal British Legion website here >

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Sharon supports local Poppy Appeal 2020

Sharon pictured with local Poppy Appeal organiser and volunteer, Malcolm Pickering Sharon Hodgson, Member of Parliament for Washington and Sunderland West and Shadow Minister for Veterans today (26th October 2020)...


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