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WAR veterans fighting for a medal will hear the outcome of a review into the honours system by the end of the year.

The announcement came this morning in the House of Commons during defence questions.

Veterans who have long fought for an Arctic Convoy medal believe the review could be their last chance to get the recognition they deserve.

The review is being headed by Sir John Holmes, a senior diplomat who once held office at the British Embassy in Moscow and later worked as the Assistant Head of the Soviet Department in London.

Dr Andrew Murrison, the new minister for international security strategy, said in the House of Commons this morning: ‘Sir John will report further towards the end of the year on the rules that apply to medalling and will deal specifically with the Arctic Convoy and various other circumstances.’

The news has been welcomed by the MP for Gosport, Caroline Dinenage.

She said: ‘While this news is promising, it’s another reminder that time is not on our side.

‘I will continue to put pressure on the government to ensure the recommendations of the review are swiftly implemented.

‘I would like to see them make a decision to grant a medal to our heroic Arctic Convoy veterans before Christmas.’

More than 3,000 sailors died between 1941 and 1945 running a sub-zero gauntlet of German warplanes and U-boats to keep Russia supplied and fighting in the war.