Labour and Tories make Armistice Day pledges

Labour and Tories make Armistice Day pledges

Boris Johnson has pledged to change the law to protect Armed Forces veterans from vexatious legal action, as the General Election campaign enters its second week.

The Tories want to end unfair trials of veterans where no new evidence has been produced and the accusations have been questioned exhaustively in court.

If they win a majority at the election, the party will amend the Human Rights Act so it does not apply to incidents - including deaths during the Troubles - which took place before the law came into force in 2000.

The pledge is among a package of measures the party is proposing to support military personnel, veterans and their families.

Labour, meanwhile, has announced plans to improve the working conditions for the forces - including scrapping the public sector pay cap and providing more decent housing.

It will also consult on creating a representative body to give a voice for service men and women, and end privatisation - with a review on outsourcing contracts.

The party will also pledge to improve support for forces children with better access to schools and dedicated local authorities admissions strategy to help with frequent school moves.

According to Labour analysis, the starting salary of a private is £1,159 lower in real terms than in 2010.

The Liberal Democrats pledged to give every adult in England £10,000 to spend on education and training throughout their life as part of a "skills wallet" scheme.

Published: by Radio NewsHub
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