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Saturday, May 28, 2016

MP battles for Legion campaign

* Susan Elan Jones MP in Parliament with Angela Ham
of the National Arboretum Museum/Royal British Legion.

Clwyd South MP Susan Elan Jones has given her backing to the Royal British Legion's 'Count Me In' campaign calling on the Government to include questions about the Armed Forces community in the next national census.

She said: "I have worked closely with the Legion before and brought up a number of issues in Parliament relating to veterans.

"This is because I think we should do more as a country to support those people who serve or have served in our armed forces; and also their families.

"Most members of the  Armed Forces community are in employment, and healthy and happy. However it is vital that we provide extra support for those people, particularly the injured and bereaved, who need it.

 "To do this, Government, councils, charities and other organisations need accurate information to fully meet the needs of our Armed Forces community.

"At the moment, we don't know exactly how many veterans, reservists and dependents there are in the country, let alone where they are and basic information about them."

Ms Jones has put down a question in Parliament calling on the Secretary of State for Defence to support the Royal British Legion's campaign by including questions about the Armed Forces community in the next census.

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