Kirith Entwistle, Labour’s Parliamentary Candidate for Bolton North East, has praised the contribution for UK Armed Forces in Bolton at Armed Forces Day celebrations.

To mark Armed Forces Day on Saturday [24 June 2022], Kirith Entwistle has “thanked our Armed Forces for all they do to keep Britain safe” during Bolton’s Armed Forces Day celebrations.

Ms Entwistle said that “Labour stands up for our Armed Forces. We are deeply proud of our Armed Forces personnel, veterans, and their families for the enormous contribution they make to our country.”

Ms Entwistle highlighted that from deployments abroad in response to the invasion of Ukraine to deployments at home during the COVID 19 pandemic, our Armed Forces are essential to our national defence, our national resilience and our national NATO obligations.

She stressed the Defence Secretary has by his own admission said that the Conservatives have‘ hollowed out’ the Armed Forces over the last 13 years. The Conservatives have cut the Army to its smallest size since Napoleon and that Ministers must reboot defence plans by halting army cuts and ensuring our NATO obligations are fulfilled.

Ms Entwistle also said that the last 13 Conservative years have corroded the nation’s moral contract with those who service in our Armed Forces. Personnel living in damp and mouldy housing, satisfaction with service life falling well below 50 per cent, and retention rates dropping.

Defence plans must ensure our heroes have good homes to live in and fully incorporate the Armed Forces Covenant into law. Labour would also strengthen support for veterans, with a boost to specialist support and a plan to bring down waiting times for veteran’s mental health services as part of a £1bn commitment to ensure everyone receives treatment within a month.

Armed Forces Day is held each year on the last Saturday of June to celebrate the service and sacrifice of our UK Armed Forces, veterans, and their families.

Kirith Entwistle, Parliamentary Candidate for Labour for Bolton North East, said: “Labour stands up for our Armed Forces. “We are deeply proud of our Armed Forces personnel, veterans, and their families for the enormous contribution they make to our country. On Armed Forces Day, we thank them for all they do to keep Britain safe.

“The next Labour Government will stand by our troops, veterans and their families. We will boost mental health support, ensure our heroes have good homes to live in and fully incorporate the Armed Forces Covenant into law – an issue I campaigned for during my time at the Royal British Legion.”