‘I can't change my mind on those' Sunak tongue-tied when grilled about 1950s state pension

"We've wasted a year now with no action being done for 3.8M women, of which 22k are dead, so if you are PM, will you put it on your list to fix this issue?" a woman asked the former chancellor.

"I just want to be totally honest with you. I am not sure if I'll be capable of fixing the matter. It has gone through all the procedures and I was part of a government that signed off all of them."

“I cannot promise you that I’m going to suddenly radically change my mind on that and I know that’s not the answer you want but I’d rather be honest with you.” 

As Mr Sunak then drew his answer to a close, the woman interjected, saying: “How many more people need to die before you do something?” 

Mr Sunak added: “What I can tell you is that I absolutely believe pensioners should have dignity in retirement and that we should support them. 

“That’s why with the cost of living, which I know is tricky for pensioners, I have announced as chancellor programmes that are particularly targeted at pensioners. 

“This includes payments of up to an extra £300 alongside their winter fuel payments, and it’s why the triple lock will be back in action as expected because that is what Conservative governments do. 

“You have done an enormous amount for our economy and our society and I want to make sure you get the support that you need going forward.”