John Whittingdale MP for Maldon and East Chelmsford has been thanked for pledging to do his bit for the British Armed Forces family. John met with a delegation from The Royal British Legion at Westminster to get behind the charity’s call for general election candidates of all parties to support the whole Armed Forces family. John also discussed the Legion’s manifesto and the changes that it is calling for. The manifesto sets out priorities for the next Government to improve conditions for the British Armed Forces past and present and their families. It encourages MPs and prospective parliamentary candidates (PPCs) to “do their bit” for Service Personnel and their families, the bereaved, veterans and dependants.
During the meeting, John was photographed with a giant replica of the personalised pledge card, which he has been given by the Legion in recognition of his pledge. Kevin Shinkwin, the Legion’s Head of Public Affairs, said, “We’re delighted to give John his pledge card in recognition of his pledge to do his bit. Our message to every MP and candidate standing at the general election is very simple: “It’s time to do your bit. How you do that is entirely up to you but pledging publicly at www.timetodoyourbit.org.uk is a great way of showing your support for the whole Armed Forces family, both now and beyond the general election.” “Both the serving and ex-Service community need the support of politicians,” he added. “Our manifesto outlines practical ways the next government can help, and we hope all the parties will give it serious consideration”. John Whittingdale MP said, “I am delighted to support the Royal British Legion’s campaign and did not hesitate to pledge to do my bit. The Royal British Legion does a fantastic job in helping servicemen, veterans and their families and are right to highlight the need for any future Government to give them the help and support they deserve.”