MP wins fight for soldiers’ ID cards

Paul Maynard, MP for Blackpool North and Cleveleys.
Paul Maynard, MP for Blackpool North and Cleveleys.
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WAR heroes can now use their military ID as proof of age after an MP’s campaign was victorious.

Paul Maynard, MP for Blackpool North and Cleveleys, lobbied pubs and clubs to ensure they accepted the ID following an incident where serving soldiers were turned away from Ma Kelly’s, in Talbot Road, Blackpool.

Mr Maynard has secured the change in policy which allows serving soldiers, airmen, sailors and Royal Marines, who only have their MOD issued ID card as proof they are over 18, to have them cards accepted by bar staff and door men.

Mr Maynard said: “I felt the situation was totally wrong.

“We cannot turn over age soldiers away from bars as they do not have the right sort of proof.

“As far as I am concerned if your Army ID card says you’re 18, you’re old enough to have a pint in a Blackpool bar.

“To turn away our heroes in uniform is plainly and simply wrong.”

The current rules of the Challenge 25 scheme only make provision for passports, driving licenses and a card issued by the scheme to be used, however this has led to some service personnel being turned away.

Mr Maynard has raised his concerns with the MoD, Blackpool Council and the trade body that administers the Challenge 25 scheme to clarify their rules and to change their policy.

He added: “I sought clarification from the MoD these cards could officially be used as proof of age and they agreed.

“I then put my case to Blackpool Council, who have written back telling me they are going to change their licensing policies to make specific mention of the MoD form 90 as an accepted and valid proof of age.

“I’m now taking my campaign to the administrators of the Challenge 25 scheme and asking them to change their policies.”

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