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St Albans MP Anne Main will 'take forward' firefighters' concerns
St Albans MP Anne Main has met with a city firefighter to discuss grievances over pension changes, following strike action last week.
The meeting took place on Wednesday, the same day her constituency offices in London Colney were besieged by St Albans firefighters.
District firefighters took strike action because they say Government proposals would see them working longer hours, paying more and getting less from the pensions they signed up for when they joined the fire service.
In a statement released by the Conservative MP’s office this afternoon, it was explained Mrs Main was attending a workshop at Bedmond Village Primary school during strike action before meeting with constituents in St Albans City Centre.
It said Mrs Main had not been informed firefighters would be at her offices.
Mrs Main said: "It was good to sit down and talk through the issues with my constituent. He made several heartfelt points and I have promised to take his most pressing concerns to the minister.
"It is a shame that no one else from the fire service approached me in this manner to try and establish a dialogue.
"If people want to lobby me on any subject it is better they make an appointment rather than turn up in a haphazard fashion to an empty office. I feel that my one on one conversation raised some very interesting issues that I shall be taking forward and if any other firefighters would like to make an appointment to see me I would be more than willing to meeting with them".
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