D-Day 70: ‘I feel privileged to have seen so much’ says Portsmouth North MP Penny Mordaunt

MP for Portsmouth North Penny Mordaunt during the parade.''Picture: Sarah Standing (141633-9092) PPP-140806-120901001
MP for Portsmouth North Penny Mordaunt during the parade.''Picture: Sarah Standing (141633-9092) PPP-140806-120901001
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CITY MP Penny Mordaunt has spoken of her pride in taking part in D-Day services large and small.

The Portsmouth North MP swapped her civilian clothes for a smart tunic and Sub Lieutenant’s gold bands on Saturday.

She was marching with fellow officers from reserve shore establishment HMS King Alfred as they remembered wartime reservists.

The march also marked 20 years since the commissioning of the Royal Naval Reserve unit.

Ms Mordaunt said: ‘We were all very proud to be on parade.

‘It’s really great that so many people came out to give us support. A lot of the guys who lost their lives in the (D-Day) wave in the first 24 hours were reservists.’

‘I feel I’ve had a very privileged position, I’ve taken part in major events on the Thursday with my MP’s hat on.

‘On Friday I didn’t go to the main events – I went to small ones with church groups.

‘I’ve had a 360-degree view – it’s been absolutely brilliant.’

She added: ‘Although King Alfred is a young unit – we were commemorating our 20th anniversary – it is formed from other units.

‘It was really fitting looking back and looking forward.’