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The men and women who serve in Britain’s armed forces make enormous sacrifices to protect our country. Their sustained bravery and professionalism in challenging environments is a source of enormous pride for us all.

Friends of the forcesThose in the armed forces and their families play a unique role in our public life and they rightly deserve unique recognition through the military covenant. This ensures that those who make sacrifices and serve our country shall face no disadvantage as a result of their service.

Following a campaign led by the Royal British Legion and supported by Labour, the principles of the Military Covenant were enshrined in the Armed Forces Act. But whilst the military covenant was an important step, there is still work to be done. That’s why Labour has announced plans to outlaw discrimination against armed forces personnel.

A recent survey found that one in five armed service personnel has suffered public abuse – including shouting obscenities or denigrating their service record.

It’s shocking that those who serve so diligently should be abused because of the job they do and the uniform they wear.

So in the first year of the next Labour government, we would introduce the Armed Forces (Prevention of Discrimination) Bill to make abuse and discrimination against armed forces personnel and veterans a crime. Under these plans, army personnel would receive the same protection from discrimination as disabled people, religious communities and ethnic minorities.

I’m proud that so many of my constituents in Chesterfield choose to serve their community and their country so bravely. It’s sad to think they might need protecting from discrimination as they go about their daily lives. Under Labour they will know that we are behind them and that we will not tolerate any abuse of their service.

The men and women in the Army, Navy and RAF serve us with dignity and respect.

It is our duty to ensure they are treated with dignity and respect in return.

By Toby Perkins MP
Labour MP for Chesterfield 

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I am Toby Perkins, Labour's Member of Parliament for Chesterfield. If you would like to get in touch with me, my office is open and can be reached by phone on 01246 386 286. I also hold regular surgeries so that constituents can meet me and I can take up their concerns. If you would like to make an appointment then please do contact my office. Thank you for visiting.

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