MP's Column


Sunday's Remembrance Day commemorations were, once again, a powerful reminder of the bravery and sacrifice of many men and women who lost their lives so that we can live in peace.

The fact that so many people of all ages continue to take part in our National Day of Remembrance is testament to the work done by the British Legion in particular to ensure we never forget.

I also believe Remembrance Day and similar events serve as an opportunity for us to demonstrate our support and admiration for men and women in the Armed Forces today.

Last week I was privileged to attend a briefing by military personnel to discuss the work the armed forces do today in scores of countries around the world. We also discussed the role of NATO, the increasing role that our armed forces have in the fight against terrorism and the work they do in delivering humanitarian aid.

We concluded with a briefing on how the armed forces see their future in a world where defence spending is shrinking and parts of the world seem increasingly unsafe.

Derek Thomas

Member of Parliament for St Ives