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A disillusioned pensioner from Bispham wants to create a new political party

Retired Terence Walsh wants to start his own political party

Terence Walshe, 87, says politicians don’t seem to be tackling the cost of living crisis effectively enough and he also thinks pensioners – especially those over 80 – are being ignored.

He says he has supported Labor all his life but is frustrated that he does not seem to hold the government to account and says it casts a shadow over the party itself.

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Retired Terence Walshe wants to create his own political party

Terence, who worked in sales and was chief executive of the Mersey Oil Company until his retirement in 2000, said: “I have always supported the Labor Party because it is the party of the ordinary worker.

“It’s the only party that tries to help the people who need it the most.

“Look at what Clement Atlee has done by creating the NHS and building decent homes.

“In my job, I’ve been able to make a good living and make money, but it’s not about the money – it’s about having fair policies.

“The problem now, however, is that under current leader Keir Starmer they are not challenging what we have at the moment.

“No matter who they have as their leader, the Conservatives are not for ordinary people.

“It’s frustrating to sit and watch what’s happened in the country in recent years.”

Widowed father-of-one and grandfather Terence also believes older people are not taken seriously, despite their life experience and what they have to offer.

He said: “Octogenarians really have a short shift and they’re not being listened to

“And yet we outnumber the members of some political parties. It’s also frustrating!

“So I would really like to be able to set something up with the Electoral Commission, start small and see where it leads.

“If anyone is interested in chatting with me and starting something, it would be great to hear from them.”

Terence, who grew up in Leeds but moved to the Fylde coast for work in 1969, has not yet decided on a name for the party and would be open to discussion.