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."