Tom Blenkinsop MP today (24th October 2012) handed in his petition to Parliament against the abolishment of the 2nd Battalion The Yorkshire Regiment, also known as the Green Howards.
The Green Howards recruits widely across Teesside and date back to 1688 and veterans have served in numerous conflicts including both World Wars, the Gulf War, Bosnia and Afghanistan. They were also home to war veteran Stan Hollis, the sole recipient of a Victoria Cross from D-Day.
The petition so far has reached almost 500 signatures.
“The reason I launched this petition was to highlight to the Coalition Government the strength of feeling that Teesside has for the Green Howards. The online petition also demonstrated how far and wide the Green Howards have an impact on.
“I hope the Government listen to the concerns of my constituents over this issue and reconsider their decision but I fear they will plough on regardless of the strength of feeling and at the very least we must ensure the dedication and bravery of our troops is recognised and that means ensuring that there is a job available for them.”