Posted on July 29, 2019
He’s been made a Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State in both the MOD and the Cabinet Office.
The Sun newspaper reported he’ll be overseeing a new office for veterans’ affairs, something Boris Johnson promised during his campaign for the Conservative Party leadership. Mr Mercer’s told the newspaper he was “delighted” with the role saying it’s the first time the Government’s efforts to help military veterans will be properly coordinated. His recent appointment has been welcomed by the new Defence Secretary Ben Wallace. In a tweet he said he was “delighted to have such a top Ministerial team at MOD”.
Both Boris Johnson and Jeremy Hunt signed up to a campaign which is also calling for the military covenant to be enshrined into law and for the protection of veterans from facing repeated historical allegations, including in Northern Ireland.
Melanie Waters, Help For Heroes’ CEO, said wounded and sick veterans needed “long-term” support: They will need our help in the long-term as they grow old, and our absolute promise to them is they grow old with dignity and pride and I think the nation would want that.”
Mr Mercer spent 10 years in the Army and served in Afghanistan – two months after leaving he became the Tory candidate for Plymouth Moor View, he was elected in 2015.
Three months ago Johnny Mercer said he would no longer support the government in Parliament until it stopped the prosecution of veterans over historic allegations. It’s something Boris Johnson has said has “got to stop”, though the new Northern Ireland Secretary says the issue is still under examination.