Following the High Court’s decision to uphold the Government’s decisions on the future of WASPI women Maria Caulfield MP has raised the chance of a possible appeal to the Supreme Court with Government Ministers.
Speaking in the House of Commons during questions to Ministers for the Department for Work and Pensions Maria Caulfield called for clarification as to whether the Government would accept the outcome of a potential successful appeal and compensate the WASPI women.
Maria Caulfield asked “Given the WASPI court ruling last week, if WASPI women were successful in appeal that ruling would the Government abide by that judgement and compensate those women accordingly?”
Guy Opperman MP, the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Work and Pensions said “I spent 20 years as a lawyer Mr Speaker. My last client was a Mr Ed Balls when he was Secretary of State for Education. I can assure her that this Government will abide by court decisions and follow the law, and if there is any changes to the two independent High Court Judges who herd the case and made the decision then clearly the Government will obey that.”
WASPI women and their supporters across the country were devasted following the High Court decision but a further chance for change could be taken to the Supreme Court should they wish to appeal the High Court’s decision.
Maria Caulfield MP said “I will continue to campaign for justice for the WASPI women in the Lewes constituency and across the country. Following my question in the House of Commons the Minister has confirmed that the Government would abide by any Supreme Court ruling that overturns the High Court’s judgement. I hope that this will give some incentive to the WASPI campaign to continue their fight and consider appealing the High Court ruling to the Supreme Court.”