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Shahid Malik Member of Parliament for Dewsbury and Mirfield

Pensioners’ Fair a ‘great success’

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24 Feb 2010

MP Shahid Malik delighted with turn out at 2nd annual event

Local MP Shahid Malik declared the 2nd annual ‘Dewsbury Pensioner’s Fair’ a ‘great success’ after more than 200 local people attended the event. Held at the Town Hall, and organised by Mr Malik, the event is an opportunity for local pensioners to speak to a number of different organisations such as DWP Pensions, Warm Front, NHS Direct, Kirklees Benefit Advice, West Yorkshire Police and Fire Service, Carer’s Gateway, Age Concern and many others.

Mr Malik said: “After the success of last year, I was always confident the event would be well attended again this time around. It is vital that our pensioners are aware of all the different support that is available to them and I know that people really appreciate the opportunity to speak to these organisations and their MP face-to-face.

“It is not only pensioners who benefit from these advice fairs, the organisations who come along also tell me they learn a lot about what people are looking for and what they can do differently to help.”

The Dewsbury and Mirfield MP also promised to pester his parliamentary colleagues into following suit and hosting similar events in their own constituencies up and down the country:

“The brilliant turn out two years in a row clearly demonstrates how valuable these events are and I will be bugging my colleagues in Westminster to host their own advice fairs in the future.”

To see photos from the event please click here.

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