Sometimes it's easy to poke fun at Warrington South MP Faisal Rashid.

I once heard him talk for almost half an hour about the Warrington Western Link road and at the end of his speech, all I could say for certain was that he was instrumental in getting the new railway station at Chapelford and was proud of the wildflowers he had helped to procure in and around Westbrook.

I still don't know where he stands on all the shenanigans going on in the Labour Party and I really do wish I was clear about his stance on Brexit.

(And given I am one of his constituents, I am still a little miffed he has not replied to my last email.)

But credit where it's due, he's taken up the WASPI cause and is running with it.

In case you're not aware of it, WASPIs are women who fell foul of various pieces of pensions legislation.

The 1995 Conservative Government’s Pension Act included plans to increase women’s SPA (State Pension Age) from 60 to 65, the same as men’s.

The WASPI website says the campaign agrees with equalisation but does not agree with the unfair way the changes were implemented – with little or no personal notice because of the 1995 and 2011 Pension Acts and faster than promised because of the 2011 Act). The legislation left women with no time to make alternative plans. Retirement plans have been shattered with devastating consequences, it says.

The campaign started with ordinary women who in 2015 got together via Facebook and decided to fight and the campaign's aim is to: "To achieve fair transitional state pension arrangements for all women born in the 1950s affected by the changes to the state pension law."

This translates into a ‘bridging’ pension to provide an income until State Pension Age, not means-tested, and with recompense for losses for those women who have already reached their SPA. There are no specific age groups within the period mentioned above that are favoured above others.

Take for example, a woman born in 1955. When she started work, at say 18 or 19, she could have retired at 60 with a state pension.

But after the two Pension Acts, that retirement age was unceremoniously bumped up to 66. Many of the women affected had little or no notice of the changes.

Back in 2017 Faisal Rashid met with several WASPI campaigners in Westminster to hear their stories and discuss the future of their campaign.

After the event, Faisal said: “I am honoured that these women came to Parliament to share their stories with myself and my colleagues. It is heartbreaking to hear that so many of these women are struggling, and the Government continues to claim to be unable to find the money to support them.

"Yet the same Government in able to find £1bn for a deal with the DUP, and is able to give tax breaks to large corporations. It is truly sickening.

"We should be treating people who have worked hard their entire lives with dignity and respect, not putting them through unnecessary suffering. I pledge to continue to support WASPI campaigners and champion their cause, in Warrington South and across the UK.”

Now we all realise it's easy for MPs to make promises and then promptly do nothing about them, especially when all around you, your colleagues are resigning the whip and moving to a new party, your leader is under constant pressure to deal with accusations of anti-Semitism and failing to abide by the conference decision to back a Brexit people's vote and the country is tearing itself apart.

But Faisal has stuck to his guns. Last year he invited all the 1950s women in his constituency to a meeting to discuss the problem and only last week sent out a letter to tell them where he's up to with his backing for the campaign.

And while I wish he was a bit more up front in telling us where he stands on the current state of Brexit and the Labour Party, I can only say well done on behalf of the town's WASPIs. I hope you have an impact.