Labour pledges veteran support

MP JOHN Healey pledged to give veterans a voice if Labour wins the next election.

The Wentworth & Dearne MP and shadow defence secretary was joined by Rother Valley parliamentary candidate Jake Richards at an event held in Bramley to listen to the concerns of military veterans groups from across the borough.

It was part of Veterans’ Voice, a nationwide Labour campaign to link up with veterans and their families and shape the party’s plans for the next general election.

Mr Healey said: “It was great to be able to bring veterans and organisations together from across Rotherham to have an open discussion about the sort of changes they need to see.

“Veterans and organisations that support them are the best advisors you can have when it comes to making the changes that are needed for the future.

“The next Labour government will stand side-by-side with veterans and their families.

“We are committed to fulfilling the important promises our society makes to those who serve.”

Mr Richards said: “We had a really good discussion about public policy and what’s needed to ensure we look after veterans in Rotherham going forward.

“We want to make sure that when Labour is in government we’re going to deliver for veterans in the borough and across the country.”

Mr Healey recently accused the Government of failing local veterans, with just 1.5 per cent in Rotherham and two per cent in Barnsley having received Government ID cards to help them access the services they need.