Armistice Day: Tories and Labour make promises to Armed Forces

The leaders laid wreaths at the Cenotaph

Monday, November 11, 2019

Both the Conservative and Labour parties have made election pledges to improve support for the Armed Forces, as Armistice Day commemorations continue.

Boris Johnson has pledged to change the law to protect veterans from distressing legal action, putting an end to unfair trials where no new evidence has been produced.

If his party wins a majority at the election, the Prime Minister will amend the Human Rights Act so it does not apply to incidents - including deaths during the Troubles - which took place before the law came into force in 2000.

Mr Johnson will visit the Black Country today to mark Remembrance Day.

He said: “As we remember the ultimate sacrifice made by our brave men and women for their country just over a century ago, it is right that we renew our commitment to the soldiers, sailors, marines, airmen and veterans today.”

His pledge also includes measures to guarantee veterans job interviews for public sector roles, provide Ministry of Defence funded “wraparound” childcare, and tax relief for companies which hire veterans in the first year after they have left service.

Meanwhile, Jeremy Corbyn has vowed that a Labour government would improve working conditions for the forces.

He said his party's manifesto, due to be released later this month, would include five major pledges to support personnel and their families.

This will include scrapping the public sector pay cap and providing decent housing for forces and their families by ending the reliance on the private rented sector.

It will also consult on creating a representative body to give a voice for service men and women, and end privatisation, as well as improve support for forces children.

The Labout leader said: "Real security requires decent pay, decent housing, support for our Armed Forces and their families, and a way to get their voice heard."

The two leaders were joined by Liberal Democrat Jo Swinson and the SNP's Ian Blackford as they lay wreaths at the Cenotaph on Remembrance Sunday.

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