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                                           FROM
                            DAVID McNARRY MLA
                        Ulster Unionist Assembly Member
                                 For Strangford
                                                                                      17/5/11
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David McNarry has expressed his absolute delight at the news that the
Government will enshrine in law the Nations Covenant Commitment to our
soldiers, sailors and airmen.

The Strangford MLA who introduced a Private Members Bill ‘The Armed Forces,
their Families and Veterans Bill’ earlier this year in the Stormont Assembly only
to witness it being disgracefully vetoed by a joint SF and SDLP Petition of
Concern said – “Justice has been done in the end and the equal rights of our
armed forces personnel has been fully recognized by David Cameron.

“It was my intention to reintroduce my Bill during the new mandate. But now the
republicans and nationalists can’t do anything to interfere or wreck or
demonstrate their anti-armed forces bile because Westminster will legislate for
all parts of the UK to ensure as Andrew Robathan the Defence Minister
overseeing the Armed Forces has stated ‘the government would ensure the
best possible treatment for all our service personnel.’

“Only a matter of weeks ago I met with key senior ex army people to talk to
them about my Bill and how I wanted to pursue the fight for the services, their
families and our veterans.


“This welcome news that a covenant enshrined in law will be based on broad
principles declaring that because of their service and the sacrifices involved no
member of the Armed Forces particularly when they return from abroad or retire
from the service should be disadvantaged. It is not only great news it will mean
that all the issues identified in my Bill are now addressed and contracted to the
services in law.”




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Constituency office 9B Regent Street Corporation North Newtownards BT23 4AB Ph: 91 82 67 36
Email : davidmcnarry@btconnect.com

				
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