MP backs better deal for forces' veterans

Both candidates for the Conservative Party leadership have been urged to offer a better deal for UK ex-servicemen and women.

Alister Jack, MP for Dumfries and Galloway, has called on Boris Johnson and Jeremy Hunt to offer more support and protection to veterans.

He has pledged his backing to ex-forces Conservative colleagues at Westminster Johnny Mercer and Richard Benyon and The Sun newspaper in promoting a 'Veterans' Pledge.' 

It asks the incoming Prime Minister to take on board three key points:

  • Creating a separate veterans department to co-ordinate their needs across Whitehall, led by a Cabinet Minister.
  • Introduce a legally-binding Military Covenant allowing veterans and bereaved service families to hold the Governement to account if they are disadvantaged.
  • Pass legislation in the current term to end unfair and repeated investigations into historical allegations against ex-service personnel.

Mr Jack, a long-standing supporter of veterans' causes, stated that a substantial number former service personnel, some injured during operations, face serious issues after returning to civilian life.

He said: "I believe a Veterans' Pledge is overdue, deserves Government support and a change of leadership could present an opportunity to deliver on this widely-held aspiration."