Veterans medal claim to be heard in parliament

DEBATE Gosport MP Caroline Dinenage
DEBATE Gosport MP Caroline Dinenage
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THE campaign for a medal to honour the forgotten Arctic Convoy veterans will reach parliament today.

Gosport MP Caroline Dinenage has won a House of Commons debate to grill the veterans minister Andrew Robathan on why the government has so far failed to honour the Conservatives’ pre-election promise to strike a medal for the Second World War heroes the next time they came into power.

It comes after The News’ 15-year medal campaign hit national headlines when we revealed prime minister David Cameron had appeared to go back on his support for the veterans in a letter which said they’d had enough recognition.

Tory Ms Dinenage, who is supporting the veterans, will lead a 30-minute debate on the scandal at 12.30pm in Westminster Hall.

She said: ‘This is a big step forward. It’s the first time there has been a debate solely on this issue in the Commons.’

Westminster Hall debates don’t go to a vote but otherwise have the same power as the main Commons chamber.

Veterans hope the government will finally listen to them and end their 65-year wait for justice to be done.