Posted on May 21, 2019
Conservative MP Bob Stewart, who completed seven tours of Northern Ireland, said he was “ashamed” that successive governments had been “complicit” in the pursuit of veterans.
He also insisted those who served in Northern Ireland must be included in legal protections to prevent repeated investigations into historical allegations, saying “our soldiers need protection”.
Mr Stewart, MP for Beckenham, referred to the Yellow Card rules of engagement and said decisions to open fire were “incredibly difficult”, amid fears innocent people could be hurt in the crossfire.
Mr Stewart said “huge anger among the veteran community” over the investigations is “unsurprising”.
“Quite rightly they ask, ‘What are you Members of Parliament doing to help us? You sent us there. You gave us this bloody card, you said if we used it and acted in accordance with it we’d be protected’,” he said.
“Now our soldiers need protection. They need our protection.”