28 Jun 2012
The Daily Express has published an article by Esther Rantzen supporting the Grey Pride campaign and urging MPs to vote for a Minister for Older People when it is debated in Parliament on Thursday (28 June 2012).
In addition to appealing to millions of viewers to support the campaign on ITV’s Daybreak programme last year, Esther joined Jane Ashcroft, Chief Executive older people’s charity Anchor and campaigners to hand over a 137,000-strong petition at 10 Downing Street.
“In these tough times, with more new mums having to go out to work to support the family, it's grandparents who are being relied on to look after the children and ensure continuity at home,” said Esther in the article.
“Yet despite most willingly doing all they can for the family they remain unpaid, unrecognised and somewhat forgotten - not by their children and grandchildren but by society and, more specifically, the government.
“This is why I believe we need a minister to protect and speak up for them. On Thursday Parliament is to debate this issue and I believe it's time to call for a Minister for Older People.”