Fighter of the Year 2007: Ros Altmann

by Dr. Ros Altmann

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Ros Altmann, 51, spent five years campaigning for justice, pro bono, for the victims of failed company pension schemes refused compensation by the government. A former Downing Street adviser, she became a thorn in the government’s side, mixing powerful arguments with eye-catching stunts – including the memorable “Stripped of Our Pensions” campaign, which saw robbed pensioners parading naked outside Parliament.

The battle, and attendant smear campaign, exacted a huge emotional toll. “I sometimes feel very isolated and very scared,” she said. This week, she finally triumphed: extracting the full £2.9bn owed. Bravo. 

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