MP in armed forces medals call

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A SOUTH Yorkshire MP has called for all former service personnel to be given a National Defence Medal to wear on Remembrance Day.

Denis MacShane, who represents Rotherham, made the call during a House of Commons Debate on the Military Covenant - which sets out what rights and benefits armed forces members should receive from the public and state in return for putting their lives on the line. The Government is planning to make the covenant law.

Mr MacShane said: “Members on both sides of the house are keen to see a national defence medal inaugurated so that every former soldier, sailor or airman who has served in the last 50 years can have a medal they can wear with pride on Remembrance Day.”

Defence minister Andrew Robatham would not state whether the medal will be included in the Military Covenant Bill.