Labour launches 'Labour Friends of the Forces'22 November 2011
Labour has today launched Labour Friends of the Forces, an organisation dedicated to campaigning on the issues that matter to the Armed Forces, their families and the wider service community. Labour Friends of the Forces demonstrates the value Labour places defence and the military covenant.
Labour’s commitment to the Services has been shown in our successful campaign, in support of the Royal British Legion, to enshrine the Military Covenant in law and our being the first ever party to offer a reduced membership rate for service personnel and veterans, who can now join the Labour Party for just £1 for the first year.
Labour Friends of the Forces is free to join.
Labour Friends of the Forces will offer:
* A national network of advocates who will consult with military communities up and down the country
* Important information on the key services available to serving personnel and veterans
* Updates on the defence debate in Westminster and throughout the country
* A chance to shape the work of the Shadow Defence Team
Labour Friends of the Forces launches with two priorities: support for the Royal British Legion’s campaign to save the Office of the Chief Coroner and a consultation on the impact of service families having to move around the country.
Jim Murphy MP, Labour’s Shadow Defence Secretary, said:
“Labour Friends of the Forces will aim to help the service community to come together and discuss their priorities, and we will make military communities a priority of our own. We will demonstrate how the Labour Party can serve those who have served our country.
“Policy-making should not be disconnected from but reflective of the communities we value. We want this organisation to be rooted in service communities, which is why we are developing a national network of advocates made up of veterans.
“No party has a monopoly on defence. From the campaigns we run to the candidates we field, Labour is showing that defence is a vital issue.
“We very much hope that everyone who cares about the issues that matter to the Armed Forces will join this organisation.”