25th Oct, 2016

Luck favours Vale MP again at PMQs

Aaron Wise 18th Jun, 2015 Updated: 20th Oct, 2016

NEWLY-ELECTED Vale MP Nigel Huddleston is enjoying the luck of the draw as he was once again selected to speak during Prime Minister’s Questions (PMQs).

Mr Huddleston rose to his feet on Wednesday (June 17) for the second successive time to pose a question during the 30 minute session.

MPs at the House of Commons enter a ballot each week to ask the Prime Minister questions with the average draw allowing MPs two questions a year.

But Mr Huddleston appears to have defied the odds and asked a question during a session which saw Chancellor George Osborne stand in for Prime Minister David Cameron.

The Mid Worcestershire MP asked the Chancellor if he would make sure the pension industry lives up to its side of the bargain and delivers on the freedoms of giving savers the access to their savings.

The Chancellor told Mr Huddleston that since April, 60,000 people have accessed their pension savings but there are concerns some companies are not making those freedoms available, and is investigating how to remove barriers by considering a cap on charges.

Leaving the House of Commons Chamber, Mr Huddleston said: “I was delighted to have been picked again for a second PMQ in a row.

“As the Chancellor was answering the questions it gave me a perfect opportunity to ask a question about pensions as it is a really important issue to my constituents.

“It is excellent news that the Government are taking action to ensure that everyone is allowed to access their pensions should they wish, and I particularly welcome the promise from the Chancellor to look into capping charges.”