MP quizzes PM on veterans support

Gordon Marsden quizzed Prime Minister Theresa May
Gordon Marsden quizzed Prime Minister Theresa May

Blackpool South MP Gordon Marsden has quizzed the Prime Minister about the lack of support for forces veterans who he fears are being ‘let down’ by the system.

Mr Marsden used Prime Minister’s Question Time in the House of Commons to ask Theresa May what was being done to address the situation.

MP Gordon Marsden at his office in South Shore.

MP Gordon Marsden at his office in South Shore.

A recent survey by armed forces charity SSAFA of nearly 1,000 working-age veterans found 85 per cent 
of them thought the UK 
did not give them enough support.

In reply Mrs May said: “We absolutely recognise the debt we owe to our veterans.

“That is why, through the armed forces covenant and throughout the work the Ministry of Defence is doing, we increasingly recognise the support that is necessary for veterans.”

She added: “The hon. gentleman talks about what we can do. One thing we can do is to help people who come out of the armed forces to find their way into the world of work.

“That is why it is important both that we have a system that helps them to find the support that is necessary to get into the world of work and that we have an economy that is providing the jobs that people need.”

Afterwards Mr Marsden said: “I am going to write to Mrs May specifically with three or four points and I hope she’ll be able to come back to me with something more concrete.”

Today Mr Marsden is holding a forum with local armed forces groups on the role of veterans charities, at Holy Trinity Church in South Shore, focusing on the challenges they face.

Speakers will include Sgt Rick Clement, who served in Afghanistan, and Lieut Col Johnny Lighten from the Duke of Lancaster Regiment.

For more details on the event call (01253) 344143 or e-mail BettridgeA@parliament.uk