Middlesbrough South and East Cleveland MP, Tom Blenkinsop, has echoed calls for more protection for serving and retired troops to ensure they don’t face discrimination because they have served or because they are serving.
Tom’s calls follow a poll commissioned by Lord Ashcroft which suggested that more than one in five personnel had suffered verbal abuse while in uniform and almost as many, 18%, had been turned away from pubs and clubs. More than a quarter said they had been refused a mortgage, loan or credit card despite having a full-time job with a decent income, as a result of having a long list of recent addresses.
“I am hugely supportive of our armed forces and I would hate to see them facing such unfair treatment merely for carrying out their role of protecting the country. Although the Military Covenant is a step in the right direction it is clear that more needs to be done to support the troops.”
“I have already been campaigning to defend Teesside’s own Green Howards, from Government cuts; so to hear stories about soldiers being unable to get a loan or a credit card, as a result of their long list of previous address, is shocking and is only adding to the pressure they are already under.”