John Healey responds to announcement of new review into service police investigations and prosecutions
John Healey MP, Labour’s Shadow Defence Secretary, commenting on today’s announcement by the Defence Secretary of a new review into service police investigations and prosecutions, said:
“It is hard to take the Defence Secretary seriously. Over the last five years, the Government has done four reviews with almost 100 recommendations on Armed Forces investigations and prosecutions.
“Faced with growing criticism of their Overseas Operations Bill, the Government has launched another review rather than rethinking the legislation.
“Ministers should instead work with Labour, and organisations including the British Legion and Liberty, to improve the Bill so it better protects British troops and our reputation for adhering to international law.”