Lagan Valley MP Sir Jeffrey Donaldson has said the Prime Minister must deliver on his pledge to protect veterans who served in Northern Ireland from vexatious prosecutions. He raised the issue at Prime Ministers Questions and it comes in the aftermath of the sacking of former Veterans Minister Johnny Mercer who criticised a lack of support for soldiers who served in Northern Ireland.
The DUP's Westminster Leader said, "I was proud to serve alongside tens of thousands of men and women who stood against terrorism. They were promised protection in the Prime Minister's last election manifesto, from vexatious prosecutions.
We still continue to see those who served in Northern Ireland facing prosecution despite incidents having been previously investigated and no new evidence emerging.
Whilst we see the Overseas Operations Bill making progress there still remains a need for the Government to deliver on the promise made to those who served in Northern Ireland. This was a point of principle for the former Veterans Minister and that must be another indication to the Prime Minister of the strength of feeling which exists right across the United Kingdom on this issue.
There was another promise from the Prime Minister today that measures would be brought forward "in due course". We need to see action delivering on those words ensuring that those who served in Northern Ireland have the same protections as their counterparts who served in other conflicts around the world."