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‘It is unacceptable’ - Cllr Streeting calls for new law to stop discrimination of armed forces

PUBLISHED: 12:33 30 June 2014 | UPDATED: 12:33 30 June 2014

L-R Vernon Coaker MP, Cllr Wes Streeting and ex-soldier Dan Jarvis MP inspecting the names of fallen service personnel at the Arboretum.

L-R Vernon Coaker MP, Cllr Wes Streeting and ex-soldier Dan Jarvis MP inspecting the names of fallen service personnel at the Arboretum.

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A new law needs to be brought in to stop discrimination of armed forces, the deputy leader of Redbridge Council has said.

Cllr Wes Streeting visited National Memorial Arboretum in east Midlands with the shadow defence secretary Vernon Coaker MP last week to pay respects to fallen service personnel ahead of Armed Forces Day on Saturday (28).

Last year a survey, conducted by Rt Hon Michael Ashcroft, of the armed forces found around one in five servicemen and women had been subjected to verbal abuse - 21 per cent - and 18pc had been refused service in hotels, pubs or restaurants for wearing uniforms.

Cllr Streeting said: “It is simply unacceptable that men and women who serve in our armed forces are being subjected to verbal abuse or refused goods and services because of the uniform they wear or the wars they are asked to fight by our governments.

“This year’s Armed Forces Day is a timely opportunity to reflect on the service and sacrifice that members of our armed forces give to our country – including the 1.7 million men and women from the Commonwealth who lost their lives in the two world wars.

“That’s why I’m backing proposals for a new law to tackle this kind of discrimination.”

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