MP’s concern for soldiers

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FORMER Army Major and South Yorkshire MP Dan Jarvis has urged the Government not to agree proposals to double the length of tours for service personnel in Afghanistan.

Ministers are considering a plan to extend the length of deployments, currently six months, to 12 months.

Barnsley Central Labour MP Mr Jarvis, who served in Afghanistan, said: “Anyone who has served on the frontline in Afghanistan knows that after six months you are mentally and physically exhausted.

“I understand these proposals are just an idea. I can see the merit in extending tours of personnel working closely with Afghan partners or who are based in headquarters but I would not accept frontline soldiers being asked to stay beyond six months.”