Friday 9 July 2021 / 7:49 AM Defence

Government’s Armed Forces Bill “too narrow and too weak” – Stephen Morgan

Stephen Morgan MP, Labour’s Shadow Armed Forces Minister, responding to military charities urging the Government to strengthen the Armed Forces Bill, said:

“The Government’s Armed Forces Bill is too narrow and too weak. Its provisions do not apply to government departments, including the Ministry of Defence, and its narrow focus on housing, health care and education, risks creating a ‘two-tier’ Armed Forces Covenant that begins a race to the bottom on standards in those areas left out.

“Labour has tabled a series of amendments to the Bill to widen its scope. We will work with MPs of all parties to make sure the government keeps its promises to service personnel, veterans and their families.”