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MP Blocked On Soldier Attack Appeal

Friday May 16 2014


Dan Jarvis MP Dan Jarvis MP


A BARNSLEY MP who campaigned for it to become an aggravated offence to make physical or verbal attacks against members of the Armed Forces has failed in his bid.

Central MP Dan Jarvis put forward an amendment to the Criminal Justice Bill in Parliament after new research showed a fifth of Armed Foces personnel has been verbally abused.

His bid was voted out by the coalition government by 277 to 195.

He said: “If the Government had got behind my proposals it would have sent a strong signal that any instance of abuse against those who serve our country will not be tolerated.

"Our service personnel don’t ask for special treatment, but they rightly expect not to be discriminated against because of their service. We would also introduce greater protections against discrimination so that servicemen and women cannot be refused service in bars and hotels simply because of their service to our country."

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Reply Posted by Mick on Friday May 16 2014 at 15:20
He says that they don't want special treatment then he proposes a law to give them special treatment. The country has enough laws, people who abuse, assault, even kill should be judged according to what they did not who they did it to.

Reply Posted by rainbow on Sunday May 18 2014 at 18:59
Everyone should be equal under the law, and British law at that.

Reply Posted by LV on Tuesday May 20 2014 at 08:26
I know what you guys mean, but this isn't a matter of special treatment. There have been news articles about establishments refusing to serve soldiers beccause they are in uniform. This amendment was to get rid of that! Discrimination based on race, religion, gender and sexuality are all illegal, why should the men and women who fight and risk their lives to protect our country be treated like scum?!?! I don't agree with wars, etc. but I'm not going abuse someone who as fought to protect my rights and freedoms!