MP and election candidate pledge support for armed forces

March 5, 2010 10:46 AM
Howarth pledges support for armed forces

David Howarth received a giant replica of the personlised pledge card in recognition of his pledge from charity staff member, Bethan Herbert.

A Royal British Legion pledge promising support for the armed forces has been backed by Cambridge MP David Howarth and Liberal Democrat Parliamentary Candidate, Julian Huppert.

The charity is calling for cross-party support for its manifesto which sets out priorities for the next government to improve conditions for the British armed forces past and present and their families.

It encourages MPs and parliamentary candidates to "do their bit" for service personnel, their families, the bereaved, veterans and dependants.

Mr Howarth met with a delegation from the Royal British Legion at Westminster to support the pledge.

He said: "I was pleased to support the pledge and the charity's work to help all those who have served in the armed forces and their families.

"I know the work carried out by Royal British Legion matters not only to me, but to many of my constituents as well. It is vital that we give the charity as much support as we can."

Julian said: "We owe a debt of gratitude to all who have served in our armed forces and it is crucial that the next government makes it a priority to give its total support. Politicians make the decisions that affect those on the front lines and it is imperative that they can rely on them every step of the way not only during active service but afterwards as well."

Kevin Shinkwin, Royal British Legion Head of Public Affairs, said, "Both the serving and ex-service community need the support of politicians. Our manifesto outlines practical ways the next government can help, and we hope all the parties will give it serious consideration".

CAPTION: David Howarth received a giant replica of the personlised pledge card in recognition of his pledge from charity staff member, Bethan Herbert.

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