Ian Austin MP

Labour MP for Dudley North

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Austin backs Royal Legion campaign to support armed forces

Dudley MP Ian Austin has added his support for the Royal British Legion’s ‘Count Them In’ campaign.

The British Legion is calling on the government to include questions about the Armed Forces in the next national census.

These questions will allow the British Legion to keep better track on the numbers of current personnel, veterans and their families living in the country and make sure that they are getting access to the services they need.

Austin will also write to the Secretary State of Defence to encourage him to back the campaign.

Austin has worked hard to support the Dudley Armed Forces for several years.

He has previously led the campaign to protect Dudley’s Territorial Army base and pushed for an Armed Forces Covenant to guarantee government support for veterans.

Ian Austin said:

“I believe that we owe our Armed Forces, both past and present, an enormous debt of gratitude, so I’m backing this campaign to give people who have served our country the recognition they deserve.”

“Since becoming an MP, I have been honoured to meet many members of the Armed Forces.

“They have demonstrated at first hand the significance of remembering those brave men and women who have fought to uphold the great British values of democracy, equality, freedom, fairness, and tolerance.

“I think it is really important that those who continue to fight for these values receive the support they need.”

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