Defence Secretary vows to protect veterans against ‘vexatious’ prosecutions

Johnny Mercer discusses help for veterans on BBC Breakfast

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The Defence Secretary told MPs yesterday measures will soon be brought forward to deliver a manifesto commitment to former Armed Forces personnel in Northern Ireland. He said it will give veterans “the protection they deserve, as part of a wider package to address legacy issues in Northern Ireland”.

Mr Wallace said where veterans face allegations related to their duties, they will “receive full independent legal support and representation for as long as necessary at public expense”.

He added: “As a former Northern Ireland veteran myself, I know it is incredibly important that we recognise that many of those veterans served with distinction and bravery, and upheld the law to their highest ability.

“It is deeply regrettable that we see many of them brought to trial – or under investigation – for vexatious reasons, and we are committed to make sure that does not happen.”

He spoke after a question from Tory MP Kate Griffiths. She said: “Legislating to tackle vexatious claims and put our brave Armed Forces personnel first was a manifesto commitment and landmark piece of legislation that I was proud to support.”

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