Barclay pledges to do his bit for armed forces following British Legion meeting in Manchester

By Kerry Russ STEVE Barclay, Prospective Conservative MP for North East Cambridgeshire has pledged to do his bit for the British Armed Forces family. Mr Barclay met with representatives from The Royal British legion at the Conservative Party conference in

By Kerry Russ

STEVE Barclay, Prospective Conservative MP for North East Cambridgeshire has pledged to do his bit for the British Armed Forces family.

Mr Barclay met with representatives from The Royal British legion at the Conservative Party conference in Manchester where he presented with a copy of the Legion's manifesto for the next general election.

The manifesto sets out priorities for the next Government to improve conditions for the British Armed Forces past and present and their families. It encourages MPs to "do their bit" for service personnel and their families, be bereaved, veterans and dependants.

Kevin Shinkwin, the Legion's head of Pupil Affairs, said: "We're really grateful to Steve for making the time to meet with us and listen to our concerns. Our message to every candidate standing at the general election is every simple: It's time to do your bit.

"The entire Armed Forces family needs the support of politicians from all parties" he added "Our manifesto outlines practical ways the next government can help, and we hope all the parties will give it serious consideration".

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Mr Barclay said: "I was delighted to meet The Royal British Legion. They have an important role to play a highlighting the needs of the whole Armed Forces family. I have pledged to do my bit and would encourage everyone to do the same by visiting the general election manifesto website www.timetodoyourbit.org.uk to and find out more.

"We need to learn from the past. In the Falklands War 255 service personal were killed in action, but an even greater number, 264, have committed suicide. Our duty of care must extend beyond a service person's time in uniform.

"This will be crucial in addressing the mental legacy following war in Iraq and Afghanistan.