NEW YEAR 2021 NEWSLETTER
FROM COLONEL TERRY SCRIVEN
CHAIR OF THE UK NATIONAL DEFENCE MEDAL CAMPAIGN
May I take this opportunity to wish you and your loved ones a safe and healthy 2021 at this difficult time, which has been caused by Covid-19.
The publication of this newsletter has purposely been delayed until 31st January. This was to allow time for the Chair of the Parliamentary and Health Service Ombudsman (PHSO) to provide an update on his internal review, of the mismanagement of the PHSO investigation, into the discredited Cabinet Office sponsored 2012-14 Military Medals Review (MMR) process. The newsletter also includes the results of my application, on your behalf, to the High Court for a Judicial Review of the MMR. In addition, it provides an update on the progress of our request to the Head of the Civil Service, who is also the Permanent Secretary of the Cabinet Office, for an investigation into the potential contravention by senior civil servants of the Civil Service Code and alleged failings of the Committee for Honours, Decorations and Medals (HD Committee) involvement in the MMR.
My newsletter always attracts new readers, I therefore make no apologies for briefly explaining why the UK National Defence Medal (NDM) campaign was first established and why the 2012-14 MMR is considered discredited.
UK NDM Campaign
The NDM campaign was established in 2007. It came about through the leaders of the various veteran medal campaign groups such as National Service, Cold War, Korea Post Armistice, Sub Mariners and Nuclear Testing, failing to achieve medallic recognition for their individual group medal submissions. Some dating back to 1945 and others back to the 1960s. Many of those in the medal campaign groups are ill and frail, and many dying through old age or indeed the illnesses suffered due to their military service. These groups therefore decided that should their individual medal submissions fail, the institution of a generic NDM would provide their veterans a last opportunity, in their lifetime, to achieve medallic recognition of their service to the Nation.
Discredited Military Medals Review
Prime Minister Cameron was sympathetic to the plight of the military medal campaign groups, and in early 2010 made a commitment to carry out a review of all outstanding medal claims. He assured veterans there would be a fair and transparent review, aimed at removing the injustice and inconsistency, which had existed over the past 60 years, and that a definitive line would be drawn on the matter once and for all.
The Ministry of Defence (MoD) had two attempts at carrying out the MMR in 2010 and 2011. Both attempts failed to address the issues. Consequently in 2012, Prime Minister Cameron removed the responsibility from the MoD and placed it with the Cabinet Office.
The Cabinet Office sponsored 2012-14 MMR had a public function and duty to evaluate all submissions placed before it by the military medal campaign groups, address the injustice and inconsistencies in medallic recognition, and draw a definitive line on the issue once and for all. It did not do so.
Activities by senior civil servants, during and after this MMR, indicated a failure to follow appropriate procedures. Displaying a lack of due diligence, openness, transparency, and fairness when assessing the submissions made by the military medal campaign groups. Within the Cabinet Office Honours Secretariat, a strategy of misinformation about the MMR process appeared to exist. Attempts were also made to keep information out of the public domain. This, understandably, led to accusations of an alleged cover up of the maladministration and dysfunctional MMR process. More recently the Cabinet Office appear to have been responsible for misleading the PHSO about the MMR. Such actions, if shown to be founded, have contravened the Civil Service Code. It is therefore considered to be in the Nation’s interest these allegations are transparently investigated.
On behalf of the military campaign groups, I brought these perceived failures to the attention of the Minister responsible for the Cabinet Office. The Minister had a public function and duty to review those submissions made to the MMR for medallic recognition, which had either not been reviewed or reviewed appropriately. However, he failed to take any action. In addition, the Prime Minister’s Office had been regularly briefed by me, on behalf of the medal campaign groups, about these failings but also failed to take any remedial action. This was considered a breach of its public function, duty, and its responsibility for the MMR it had established, thereby enabling the failings of the Cabinet Office to go unchecked.
The Parliamentary Health Service Ombudsman Investigation
I am aware of the effective work that the PHSO carry out within its Charter, the professionalism of those who carry out that work and who represent it. Unfortunately, in respect of the complaint submitted to it, via the Rt Hon Ian Blackford MP, by Dr Martin Halligan, the leader of the medal campaign for those Injured in Conflict, there were significant failings.
Dr Halligan’s complaint was submitted on 11 August 2019, just over four weeks after the Minister for the Cabinet Office, on 12 July 2019, closed-down all possibilities of the medal submissions, which had not been reviewed appropriately or not at all, being assessed by the reopening of the MMR. He requested the PHSO to:
“Investigate a complaint that injustice has been caused by the maladministration on the part of the Cabinet Office in respect of the Military Medals Review and involvement in what appears to have been an attempt to cover up what was a dysfunctional process.”
The PHSO effectively sat on Dr Halligan’s request for an investigation into the Cabinet Office’s MMR process for over a year. A letter from a PHSO senior caseworker to Dr Halligan and myself, indicated that the Cabinet Office had been involved in the PHSO failure to investigate the complaint. This was however denied by a barrister, acting for the Cabinet Office, in their submission to the High Court in response to our application for a Judicial Review.
In November 2020 I requested, on Dr Halligan’s behalf, that the Chair of the PHSO carry out an internal review as to why Dr Halligan’s request for an investigation of the Cabinet Office sponsored MMR was not correctly processed within its Charter.
It appears the delay in dealing with Dr Halligan’s request for an investigation and my request for an internal review was due to them being kept from the Chair. A PHSO investigations-manager who is the supervisor of the senior caseworkers involved in Dr Halligan’s complaint, replied to my request for an internal review, attempting to brush everything aside. In reply to the PHSO, I made it clear each PHSO Board Member would be briefed on the mishandling of Dr Halligan’s serious complaint and my request for an internal review unless they were addressed by the Chair or his representative. It is understood that my request for an internal review has now been passed to the Chair. Despite allowing time for a response on this matter, there has still been no communication from the Chair of the PHSO.
Application to the High Court
By the end of August 2020, various medal campaign group leaders considered that after a year of procrastination by the PHSO and five years of Judicial Tribunals, in attempting to seek the truth and trying to right a wrong, the only way forward was through a Judicial Review. It was however, still thought possible that an application for a Judicial Review could be avoided, by attempting yet again, to apprise Prime Minister Johnson and the Minister for the Cabinet Office, the Rt Hon Michael Gove MP, of the unsatisfactory situation. Consequently, my letter to both, dated 1st September 2020, specifically sought their support to resolve the sensitive matter of the MMR. It was thought once they saw the evidence, they would direct the issues of the discredited MMR be dealt with by the Cabinet Office. We were wrong. The only communication received was from a Government Legal Department solicitor who had been instructed to represent the Cabinet Office. This was a surprise. Sadly, like the Chair of the PHSO, it is doubtful Prime Minister Johnson or Mr Gove have been made aware of what has taken place in respect of the Nation’s veterans.
The statutory requirement to be able to initiate a Judicial Review, is that not more than three months should have elapsed after the grounds to make the claim first occurred. The barrister, on behalf of the Cabinet Office, submitted to the High Court Judge that those grounds first arose in respect of the 2012-14 MMR on 29 July 2014, when Baroness Stowell made the written ministerial statement on its findings to the House of Lords. However, at that time the military medal campaign groups had no evidence whatsoever of wrong-doing or even three months after, that anything untoward had taken place in the MMR process, other than their suspicions.
The Cabinet Office also sought costs for preparing the acknowledgement of service in respect of my application as a Litigant in Person for a Judicial Review (unregistered organisations such as the medal campaign groups are unable to make applications for a Judicial Review).
The application for a Judicial Review was heard in the High Court on 19 November 2020. It was clear the Cabinet Office legal team had put all their efforts into relying on the statutory time limit. Little reference was made to our 620 pages of evidence, which portrayed the dysfunctionality and maladministration of the MMR and the alleged contravention of the Civil Service Code by senior civil servants. This showed a total disrespect of the service given by our Armed Forces veterans to the Nation.
It had been thought that evidence obtained, by the medal campaign groups from their separate involvement in nine Freedom of Information Act Judicial Tribunals, together with the questionable conduct of senior civil servants and delays brought about by the Cabinet Office in the judicial process, would have been sufficient to obtain agreement from the Judge to waive the three-month statutory time limit.
We were wrong. The Judge found in favour of the Cabinet Office, stating inter alia,
“I am therefore satisfied that it would not be fair, just, or reasonable to extend time in this case. The time limits are there for a reason. The duty of promptitude is obvious: it enables cases to be dealt with timeously and for justice to be administered on a fair and proportionate basis.”
In addition, the Judge directed I should pay the Cabinet Office their legal fees of £5,750. I had 14 days in which to appeal but did not do so. Unless an Appeal Court was going to look beyond the ‘statutory time limit’ argument, the strength of our case, which laid bare the MMR process, would not be heard.
Complaint to the Head of the Civil Service
Mr Chisholm, is the Head of the Civil Service, now designated the Chief Operations Officer for the Civil Service, and is the Permanent Secretary for the Cabinet Office. He has been requested by me to investigate the alleged contraventions of the Civil Service Code which appear to have taken place both during and after the 2012-14 MMR. These include: the loss of Government Department documents; failure of the sub-committee of the HD Committee to appropriately review the medal submissions, some not at all; unsound decisions made by the HD Committee, misleading statements by the Head of the Honours Secretariat to two Judicial Tribunals; lack of remedial action by the HD Committee when made aware of the failings of the MMR process; absence of HD Committee members from its meetings; inadequate investigations into the failings which exonerated everyone and everything; production and promulgation of erroneous NDM costs both in the Ministerial Statement on 29 July 2014 and subsequently to Parliament; misuse and failure to account for taxpayers’ money and more recently provision of misinformation to the PHSO.
In addition, to this request, I have asked Mr Chisholm to determine whether the person who instructed the Government Legal Department to challenge my application for a Judicial Review, without first exploring a resolution and replying to the conciliatory letter dated 1st September 2020 to Prime Minister Johnson and Mr Gove, was one of those civil servants who is alleged to have contravened the Civil Service Code during the 2012-14 MMR or in subsequent actions relating to it. If that turns out to be the situation, such an action is considered an extremely serious contravention of the Code. I will seek guidance from Mr Chisholm as to what action should be taken and request the Cabinet Office to waiver their legal costs.
The latest communication from Mr Chisholm’s Private Secretary on 22 December 2020, stated that he had gathered the necessary information and would hope to write to me after the Christmas break with a fuller update. On 14 January 2021, I sent the Private Secretary a draft copy of this newsletter, requesting he highlight any inaccuracies, and provided him an opportunity to suggest any amendments or additional information for inclusion. So far, no further correspondence has been received from Mr Chisholm’s office.
Addressing Injustice and Inconsistency
I accept there is an argument as to why the MoD and Cabinet Office may believe former servicemen and women should not receive backdated medallic recognition. However, looking back on my twelve years as the co-Chair/Chair of the UK NDM campaign, and representing the leaders of other medal campaign groups, it is difficult to understand why those who have served and kept the Nation safe and secure, are denied an open and transparent medal review, where their submissions are fairly assessed. I also find, what appears to have been an attempt to cover up what has taken place, both during and after the 2012-2014 MMR, quite shameful.
If it were not for the Covid-19 pandemic, I am sure there would be overwhelming concern across the Nation and in the media, that three military medal reviews, established by former Prime Minister Cameron, with the aim of addressing the injustice and inconstancy of medallic recognition of our veterans, have been discredited, together with potential breaches of the Civil Service Code by senior civil servants involved. There would, I am sure, also be concern that a reputable organisation such as the PHSO has procrastinated on its involvement in addressing the failings of the MMR process for over a year.
I have spoken to leaders of various medal campaign groups, veterans, and some of the next of kin of those medal campaigners no longer with us. They would be content to draw a line on this distasteful episode in exchange for an open and transparent review, which assesses fairly those medal submissions which were not reviewed or not reviewed appropriately during the 2012-14 MMR.
None of the medal campaign groups involved or those representing them have political affiliations. However, it is appropriate I should record appreciation to the Rt Hon Ian Blackford MP and the staff of his Constituency Office for Ross, Skye, and Lochaber, for the support they have shown to their constituent Dr Halligan and veterans, in enabling his request to be submitted to the PHSO for an investigation into the Cabinet Office sponsored MMR.
You may consider, having read this newsletter, it is worth sending a copy to your local MP for information.
Keep safe in these difficult times.
Yours with best wishes
2019 CHRISTMAS MESSAGE FROM THE CHAIRMAN
Sadly, as in previous years, more of our activists and campaigners have suffered illness and some have passed away. We who remain are grateful for their contributions over many years and our thoughts are with their families at this particularly difficult time of year.
It has been a year of many successes. However, it may appear to those who have not travelled with us over the past decade that after discrediting three military medal reviews, we are still no closer to achieving medallic recognition for our millions of veterans.
For new readers of my annual Christmas message it is perhaps worth stating why the National Defence Medal campaign was first initiated. The following was contained in our submission to the Cabinet Office sponsored military medals review in 2012 and has not changed:
“There has been injustice and inconsistency of medallic recognition of those who served and have kept the Nation and its interests safe and secure since the ending of the Second World War. Over the years this led to the formation of many medal campaign groups such as National Service veterans, Cold War veterans, Nuclear Testing veterans, Korea Post Armistice veterans, and Service personnel injured in conflict, to name but a few seeking medallic recognition. As the years have gone by, the campaigners representing these groups have all got older, some have become frail, others ill and many died. Consequently in 2007, the National Defence Medal campaign was launched by representatives of these organisations coming together to make one concerted effort to achieve medallic recognition in their lifetime through a generic medal should their own claims fail.”
So where are we now and what should we realistically look forward to in 2020?
By early March this year, nine different judges in seven separate legal judicial tribunal proceedings, directed that information sought by various military medal campaign groups in their Freedom of Information Act requests should be released. Many of these cases had been ongoing for three years due to the refusal of both the Cabinet Office and MoD to release the information. The information released supported the complaints by veterans that senior civil servants within the Cabinet Office Honours and Appointments Secretariat had misled Parliament, misled individual Members of Parliament and been responsible for misleading statements submitted to judicial tribunals. It was found that 21 medal submissions had not been reviewed by the Advisory Military Sub-Committee (AMSC) a sub-committee of the Committee on the Grant of Honours, Decorations and Medals (HD Committee), in what the Government had declared was to have been the most wide-ranging military medals review for a generation. Other medal submissions were shown not to have been reviewed appropriately by the AMSC and its members found to have made unsubstantiated statements. There also appeared to have been a lack of due diligence by the HD Committee.
On behalf of the various medal campaign groups I submitted on 22 March a detailed complaint, which encompassed the irregularities of the review, to the Minister responsible for the Cabinet Office. I also requested the Minister initiate an independent investigation into the lack of openness and transparency, lack of due diligence and the on-going attempts to cover up these failings. In addition, the Minister was requested to direct that the newly formed AMSC, which in December 2018, Her Majesty had directed should be re-established, re-visit all the medal submissions which the previous AMSC had failed to deal with appropriately or in the case of 21 medal submissions, not at all.
In July, I received a final response to my complaint from the Senior Private Secretary to the Minister. It was an attempt to close the complaint down. The failings of the medal review process, unearthed in the judicial tribunal proceedings, were totally ignored. It was in effect an attempt to continue the cover up of what was the third discredited military medal review in a decade.
The only way forward on behalf of the various medal campaign groups, who had been shown such disrespect, was to now seek an investigation into the whole distasteful episode by the Parliamentary Ombudsman. Such a request can only be submitted by a Member of Parliament on behalf of a constituent. Therefore, on 5 August the Rt Hon Ian Blackford MP submitted on behalf of his constituent Dr Martin Halligan, the leader of the campaign for medallic recognition of those injured in conflict and a National Defence Medal activist, the following request:
“To investigate a complaint that injustice has been caused by the maladministration on the part of the Cabinet Office in respect of the Military Medals Review and involvement in what appears to have been an attempt to cover up what was a dysfunctional process. All efforts to resolve this matter in any other way have been exhausted.”
The submission dealt with the complaint I had submitted on your behalf on 22 March and the response received from the Minister’s Senior Private Secretary. It covered the judicial directions of the seven tribunals and provided details of those individuals in senior appointments who had been involved in the dysfunctional medals review of what was ‘billed’ by government as the most wide-ranging military medals review for a generation.
Although the Queen had agreed to the re-constitution of the AMSC in December last year and it had been expected to be operational by the Spring of this year, nothing materialised. However, surprisingly on 9 August, two weeks after I had informed the Honours and Appointments Secretariat that a request was being submitted to the Parliamentary Ombudsman for an investigation, the Terms of Reference for a newly constituted AMSC were promulgated and it commenced work. The concerning part of the reconstituted AMSC’s Terms of Reference is the following sentence:
“Claims submitted must not have been considered as part of previous work in 2013 to
consider specific medals claims (list and reports here) unless new evidence emerged.”
(No list was attached to the AMSC document or available).
It was considered prudent to test this situation therefore one medal group whose submission made to the 2012 medal review and was not reviewed by the previous AMSC was submitted to this reconstituted sub-committee. The submission was turned down on the grounds it had already been presented previously.
On 4 September the Parliamentary Ombudsman confirmed the request for an investigation had been accepted. To date no further communication from the Parliamentary Ombudsman has been received other than to request copies of additional documents. However, the sheer magnitude of the documents to be assessed by the Ombudsman in discussion with the Cabinet Office and the recent General Election may well delay any outcome being promulgated until the early Spring of 2020. It should be noted that a copy of all correspondence in respect of the recent rejection by the reconstituted AMSC outlined in the previous paragraph has been submitted to the Parliamentary Ombudsman for inclusion in the investigation.
So, what should we expect in the coming Year? Hopefully, the Parliamentary Ombudsman will recommend to the Cabinet Office, on behalf of the Government, that all the original submissions to the military medals review in 2012, which were never properly considered by the AMSC or not at all, should be updated where appropriate and resubmitted to the newly reconstituted AMSC. However, it is worth remembering that many of those submissions were written by veterans, who were then senior in their years. Those submissions were placed in good faith in 2012. These veterans are now seven years older and it is likely that some of their number are no longer with us. Even a requirement to re-submit their original claims may be too much to ask. However, to simply discount them from inclusion in this new review would be a disgrace and nothing short of a national scandal.
Veterans have welcomed the creation of a new Government Office for Veteran Affairs. The Minister in charge, who is also the Cabinet Office Minister, has been informed of the investigation being carried out by the Parliamentary Ombudsman and therefore will no doubt become fully involved.
Finally, I remind readers that all the military medal campaign groups have ever sought, yet continually been denied, is an open and transparent medal review, where their submissions are fairly assessed, and if they have a case, their submission is recommended to Her Majesty for medallic recognition, and if not, evidence based reasons are provided as to why not. This is not unreasonable. It is therefore worth reflecting on the amount of money that has been expended by Government Departments in trying to cover up this unsavoury situation over the past twelve years and in their disrespectful treatment of those who have served the Nation. Perhaps this will all change in 2020 with a new Government responding to a Parliamentary Ombudsman investigation report. I will keep you briefed.
you for you continued support throughout 2019. Happy Christmas and best wishes
for a healthy 2020.
NDM Chairman has called on Prime Minister May to reopen the shambolic Cabinet Office military medal review, which has revealed a disrespect of British veterans’ service to the Nation. (letter to Prime Minister dated 15 January 2018)
Freedom of Information Act requests submitted in respect of the medal review identified major failings. An inordinate amount of taxpayers’ money has been spent, especially on legal representation, in keeping hidden a murky process, which appears to involve the loss of government documents; failure to review some medal submissions; attempts to disguise the lack of thoroughness of discussions and unsound decisions made by members of the Honours, Decorations and Medals Committee; inaccurate and misleading statements to Members of Parliament and the likelihood misinformation has been presented to Her Majesty the Queen. (letter to Sir Jonathan Stephens dated 15 January 2018).
Sue Gray, Cabinet Office Director General, Propriety and Ethics, has been requested to determine if there is a need for her to initiate any action. (letter to Sue Gray dated 15 January 2018). It is also likely the Parliamentary Ombudsman may be asked to carry out an in-depth evaluation of the whole discredited Cabinet Office sponsored military medal review process.
As a result of information received through Freedom of Information Act requests, our Chairman submitted a complaint on 14 February 2017 to both the Prime Minister Theresa May and to the Minister responsible for the Cabinet Office in respect of the flawed military medal review. He requested that an investigation be carried out into the way that the Cabinet Office had failed to carry out an open, transparent and fair review and requested the Military Medal Review be re-opended. A redacted copy of that complaint can be found HERE.
It is a far reaching dossier and should cause concerns to all veterans in the way their submissions for medallic recognition have been dealt with.
Sir Jonathan Stephens the Chairman of the Honours, Decorations and Medals Committee was tasked with looking into this issue and he directed that a former senior civil servant (unnamed) should carry out an investigation. That investigation report by the unknown senior civil servant dated 23 May 2017 can be found HERE. The investigation into the Chairman's complaint was lacking in fact, indeed some might assess it as being a fudge.
On 28 July 2017 Sir Jonathan Stephens, on behalf of the Cabinet Office and presumably the Government, wrote to our Chairman, enclosed the investigation report and apologised that the Cabinet Office had used inaccurate costs which misled Parliament in respect of higher costs of the NDM. Sir Jonathan's letter can be found HERE.
Our Chairman replied to Sir Jonathan Stephens on 31 July 2017 expressing his disappointment at the failure to carry out a thorough investigation of the complaint and the misinformation that had been circulating in the Cabinet Office about the National Defence Medal. Our Chairman's letter can be found HERE.
Once again the veterans of the Nation have been let down. Now is the time for readers of the above documents, if they believe an injustice has been carried out, to write to their local MP and request that the military medal review be re-opened and all of the medal submissions made by the various medal campaign groups be reassessed fairly and in an open and transparent manner as promised by the former Prime Minister David Cameron.
On 29th July 2014 a Ministerial statement was made in the House of Lords in respect of the Honours, Decorations and Medal Committee (HDC) decision not to institute the National Defence Medal and many other medal submissions, which included recognition of service personnel injured or killed in conflict, National Service, Korean Post Armistice, Cold War, Sub Mariners and Nuclear Testing veterans. The timing of this statement was questionable as it was made the day after Parliament had risen for the summer recess thereby avoiding debate by MPs. The HDC membership comprises seven of the most senior civil servants in the UK.
This ministerial statement was surprising, it was as if the HDC had not been aware of the content of the submissions made by these veteran groups, many of whom had been campaigning for over 50 years. This resulted in Dr Martin Halligan submitting a Freedom of Information Act request to the Ministry of Defence to obtain sight of the minutes of the Advisory Military Sub Committee of the HDC (AMSC) meeting minutes of 29th August 2013. The AMSC had supposedly studied the findings of the Sir John Holmes independent military medal review, sponsored by the Cabinet Office, and made recommendations after their exhaustive review of the findings and submissions by the veteran groups to the HDC.
The MoD refused to release the minutes, Dr Halligan appealed in August 2014. The MoD used their legal representatives to keep these minutes secret . During a three year period the MoD used every means at their disposal to prevent these minutes from entering the public arena, but eventually the appeal was upheld by the First Tier Tribunal which directed the MoD to release the minutes. These minutes were released in September 2016 and are contained on this web site. The minutes show that the case for the NDM and all the other submissions had not been rigorously reviewed. Both the National Service and Cold War veterans’ submissions were dismissed without any review, the NDM dismissed with discussions on cost only and not on its merits and the and Korea Post Armistice submissions documents not reviewed. The recommendations therefore that went to the HDC, from which these seven senior civil servants made their decisions on the medal submissions representing millions of veterans since the ending of the Second World War were totally flawed. However, it should be noted that FOI requests have failed so far to identify how many of these most senior civil servants were there to make the decisions.
It was clear from this document, reluctantly released by the MoD, that the review, claimed by the Head of the Honours and Appointments Secretariat to have been transparent with decisions made as a result of extensive discussions through a careful and thorough review of submissions, in letters to veterans, service organisations and Members of Parliament, stretching over three years, was misleading and not correct.
The Chairman wrote to the Prime Minister Theresa May, in November and December 2016, requesting a meeting to discuss the above revelations and requested the shameful military medal review be reopened. In both cases the Chairman’s letters were redirected by Number 10 to the Cabinet Office, Honours and Appointments Secretariat to reply. In these replies the points made by the Chairman were dismissed. This resulted in him submitting a comprehensive complaint on 14 February 2017 to the Minister responsible for the Cabinet Office about the lack of due diligence carried out by the Honours and Appointments Secretariat in respect of the military medal review and that action now be taken to recommend to the Prime Minister the medal review be revisited.
Sir Jonathan Stephens KCB the Permanent Under-Secretary for the Northern Ireland Office and the Chairman of the HDC was tasked by the Minister to deal with the complaint. He in turn on the 30 March directed an examination (investigation) be carried out by a retired senior civil servant. On the 3rd April the Chairman requested that Sir Jonathan Stephens agree to the Chairman issuing a brief statement to veterans on the situation. As at today's date the 6 May no reply has been received, Parliament has been dissolved and a General Election is scheduled for the 8thJune.
The campaign goes on to redress this injustice to millions of British Service veterans. It should be noted that there are six Freedom of Information Act requests still outstanding in respect of this cover up. Some have been on-going for over two years and most have now escalated through the Freedom of Information Act process to the First Tier Tribunal with one actually now reaching the Upper Tribunal. Both the MoD and Cabinet Office have spent extraordinary amounts of taxpayers’ money since 2014 in keeping out of the public domain information about a military medal review, which the former Prime Minister David Cameron stated should be an open and transparent process and draw a line in the sand once and for all. Veterans have suffered yet another injustice.
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The British Government has never considered service in the Armed Forces as the sole justification for an honour.
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The whole NDM team wish to thank Roy, Dave and Eddie for their amazing effort.
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