MP backs calls for submarine shooting review

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PORTSMOUTH South MP Mike Hancock has written to defence secretary Liam Fox calling for a review of armed forces vetting procedures in the wake of the fatal shooting on a nuclear submarine in Southampton.

The MP, who spoke out in The News on Monday saying stricter vetting was needed in the military, has followed up his calls with a strongly-worded letter to Dr Fox.

Able Seaman Ryan Donovan, 22, stands accused of murdering Lieutenant Commander Ian Molyneux and attempting to kill three others on HMS Astute last week while she was in Southampton on a goodwill visit.

In the letter, Mr Hancock said he was ‘stunned and disappointed, but most of all concerned’ with the way the armed forces are vetted.

AB Donovan appeared in court this week and has been remanded in custody until a plea and case management hearing on June 10.

Mr Molyneux’s widow Gillian said last night she felt cheated of a husband and father for their four children, Jamie, Arron, Bethany and Charlie.

‘He wasn’t just our foundation but he was our future as well,’ she said. ‘He was the one that made all the sacrifices worthwhile and I know to the children he was a hero.’