Ian Austin MP

Labour MP for Dudley North

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Austin backs group to give veterans a stronger voice in Parliament

Dudley MP Ian Austin is backing the relaunch of a group to give veterans, members of the forces and their families’ a stronger voice in Parliament.

He is inviting former and serving members of the forces and their families to join the newly relaunched Labour Friends of Armed Forces group.

The group’s patron is Labour MP Toby Perkins who hopes to hold events across the country to cement links between the party and the Armed Forces community.

Members and former members of the armed forces can now join the Labour Party for £1. Labour Friends of the Forces works through a network of Labour MPs, councillors and military communities to campaign on issues affecting people in the armed forces.

Austin has worked closely with Dudley veterans for several years. He has previously led the campaign to protect Dudley’s territorial army base, recognise the bravery of the Bevin Boys and extend the awarding of the veteran’s badge as well as pushing for an Armed Forces Covenant to guarantee the government’s obligations to veterans.

Ian Austin MP said:

“I hope that everyone who cares about the issues facing our armed forces will join Labour Friends of the Armed Forces.

“All across Britain people show huge respect and support for the work of our armed forces, but nowhere is that truer than in Dudley, where our local squadron and the wider regiment are at the heart of the community and have the freedom of the borough.”

“Since becoming an MP, I have been honoured to meet a number of local veterans who have demonstrated at first hand, the importance of remembering those brave men and women who fought to uphold the great British values of democracy, equality, freedom fairness and tolerance, and the need to support those who continue to fight for these values. This group is a reflection of our solidarity with the Services.”

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