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PORTSMOUTH North MP Penny Mordaunt took the lead on a House of Commons debate into whether a minister for older people should be appointed.

Ms Mordaunt, who is chairman of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Ageing and Older People, said if someone had responsibility for older people then the government would think more about how policies affect them. The debate on Thursday was called thanks to a petition signed by 140,000 people which called on the government to set up the new role. Ms Mordaunt said: ‘Too often policy is made with the fit, the able bodied and the internet savvy in mind. Older people can be at the margins of these groups and are peculiarly exposed to the dangers of unintended consequences. There are many ministers with responsibilities which touch on some aspect of older people’s lives, but only with a narrow focus on one policy area.’