MP calls for Falklands 40th anniversary tribute

GOSPORT MP Caroline Dinenage has asked the government about plans to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the Falklands campaign during a crucial session of Parliament held on Monday.

Speaking from the backbenches, in questions to the Ministry of Defence, the former Digital and Culture Minister told Minister for Defence People and Veterans Leo Docherty: “The Royal British Legion and the poppy appeal have supported veterans over the decades and over a number of conflicts, not least the Falklands campaign, which my constituency has such strong links with.”

And she asked: “Can the minister talk a little about plans to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the Falklands War next year?”

Mr Docherty said: “This is of particular interest, because my Aldershot constituency was formerly the home of the Parachute Regiment and one of my first engagements as a new MP was to attend the 35th anniversary of Op Corporate.

“There are significant plans under way, and I look forward to sharing those with her and her Gosport constituents in due course.”

Afterwards, Ms Dinenage said: “The Gosport Constituency has a deep rooted military history, including strong links to the Falklands War and its veterans.

“I look forward to hearing more about the government’s plan to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the conflict which takes place next year.”

PICTURED BY BBC NEWS: Veterans walk through Gosport on 35th Anniversary in 2017