MP makes pledge to Fylde veterans

Paul Maynard MP with Anna Soubry MP at a veterans event in Blackpool
Paul Maynard MP with Anna Soubry MP at a veterans event in Blackpool
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The minister with responsibility for veterans at the Ministry of Defence (MoD) said she will do all she can to support the Fylde coast’s former servicemen.

Anna Soubry, MP spoke with more than 30 veterans at a forum event hosted by Blackpool and Cleveleys North MP Paul Maynard.

Mrs Soubry, the first elected woman politician to be a Minister in the MoD, was quizzed on topics including medical priority, pensions and ensuring the public support of the armed forces continues, at the event at the Imperial Hotel in Blackpool.

She said: “Paul asked me to come up and visit and I was more than happy to do so.

“I have never done this before and it was great to be able to see what it is people want.

“I want to support our veterans as best as possible including those in Blackpool, one of the key areas for our armed forces servicemen and women.”

The MP spent the morning visiting the Service Personnel and Veterans Agency at Norcross, before answering questions from members of the forces’ groups on the Fylde coast.

For Paul Maynard MP, Mrs Soubry was the second minister to visit the resort this year, following the former immigration minister Mark Harper in January.

He added: “Blackpool as the capital of the UK’s Armed Forces is a good thing. I think we have a system that works really well in Blackpool.

“I continue to see support for our service personnel from schools and the community – and what better role models to have for those young people.”