MP challenges Government on Arctic Medal review

Penny Mordaunt asks a question about the Arctic Convoy medals in the House of Commons
Penny Mordaunt asks a question about the Arctic Convoy medals in the House of Commons

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Portsmouth North MP Penny Mordaunt this afternoon challenged the Government in the Commons over the lack of a medal for Arctic Convoy veterans in the House of Commons.

She demanded answers in parliament after The News revealed Prime Minister David Cameron has dropped his support for the Second World War heroes

The government has now committed a new, independent review into the medals system following the decision to stop the previous MoD-run review after 17 months.

Ms Mordaunt asked veterans minister Andrew Robathan to reassure ageing veterans that the new review will not take even longer, but he failed to do so.

She said: ‘Can the minister assure me that this won’t mean further delay to veterans such as those of the Arctic Convoys in getting a decision.’

But Mr Robathan was non-committal in his reply, saying: ‘There is indeed a review going on and that review has not been finalised. When it is finalised it will be put before the House in the normal way.’

The News’ 15-year Arctic Medal campaign hit national headlines today after we revealed Prime Minister David Cameron had gone back on his support for an Arctic star medal.

The Daily Mail dedicated its front page to the story today and the BBC broadcast a half-hour special over the weekend about the 66,500 sailors who served on the freezing voyages to supply the Soviet Union under the constant threat of Nazi U-boat and air attacks, which cost 3,000 British sailors their lives.