During the past sixty-five years, millions of personnel have taken the oath of allegiance or affirmation to Her Majesty the Queen, accepting either through compulsion in the case of National Service personnel or voluntarily in the case of regular and reserve forces to place their lives on the line to ensure the United Kingdom and its interests are kept safe and secure.
I condemn the last Government who priding itself in its support to our armed forces refused to provide the commitment and recognition by recommending to Her Majesty the Queen the award of a UK National Defence Medal to veterans and for breaking the Military Covenant.
So I therefore call for the government to:
1. Acknowledge the significant personal sacrifice our Armed Forces personnel make in their service to the Nation once they take the oath or affirmation of allegiance to Her Majesty the Queen.
2. Acknowledge the failure to officially recognise the commitment and sacrifices made by service veterans who have contributed to the safety and security of the United Kingdom since the ending of the Second World War.
3. Call on Her Majesty’s Coalition Government to rescind the decision made by the previous Labour Government to refuse to recommend the award of a National Defence Medal to our armed service veterans and instead, establish a working group to work with the Committee on the Grant of Honours Decorations and Medals, with a view to implementing the award as soon as possible.
4. Enshrine the military covenant in UK Law.
It is important because: