Minister backs ID proof of age plan

Paul Maynard, MP for Blackpool North and Cleveleys.
Paul Maynard, MP for Blackpool North and Cleveleys.
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A SENIOR Ministry of Defence minister has backed a local MP’s campaign to allow Army ID cards to be used as proof of age.

The campaign, led by Blackpool North & Cleveleys MP Paul Maynard, has already won the backing of the local council, but has now received a seal of approval from Armed Forces Minister Andrew Robathan.

In a letter backing Paul’s crusade to change the rules to allow an MOD ID card as proof of age, Mr Robathan said: “It is unacceptable for young looking members of the Armed Forces to be denied service because they lack universally acknowledged identification.

“Following work between the MOD, the Home Office and the British Beer and Pub Association, revised guidance has been issued.”

Mr Maynard said: “I am delighted my campaign has received this backing and I am sure this situation will very soon be a thing of the past in both Blackpool and across the country.

“We are proud of our armed forces and I will always work hard to ensure the country looks after them.”

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