Dudley North MP Ian Austin is backing moves in the House of Commons to ban discrimination of soldiers or their families.
While the Labour Party has already committed to making this change if they win power at the next election, Austin is joining other MPs in attempting to persuade the Government to act now.
The proposed law would increase the penalties for physical or verbal assault against a soldier if it was established that their service was the motive for the assault. It would also make it a crime for shops or restaurants discriminate against or refuse to serve members of the armed forces, just as they are already banned from doing so in relation to race or disability.
Ian Austin said:
“I believe we owe our Armed Forces, past and present, an enormous debt of gratitude, and part of repaying this debt is giving them our full support when they return home from fighting.
“I’m backing this Bill to ensure that assaults on soldiers are treated with the seriousness they deserve, along with other forms of discrimination against servicemen.”