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Why Gosport votes Tory

Ben West  |  21 June 2016

What does the Royal Navy mean to me? Microwave chips and turkey dinosaurs. That is what my six year old brother and I lived on for a lot of the nine months my Dad spent in the south Atlantic while my mum was heavily pregnant with my youngest brother. It means other things too. Birthday …

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A view from the ramparts

Jordan Newell  |  30 June 2012

Every year, Armed Forces Day reminds me just how important the military community is to my town. Colchester is a proud garrison town, with military traditions stretching back generations. The army community is an important part of the town, with conflict and ceremony equally ingrained in our local life. Whether it’s shopping in Morrison’s or …

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Recognising our armed forces

Nick Smith MP  |  30 June 2012

We all know the importance of the work done by our armed forces. These brave men and women voluntarily put themselves in harm’s way so that we can sleep soundly in our beds. Sent to battlefields across the world at the request of our government, often at short notice, they give up a number of …

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I Vow To Thee My Country

Paul Richards  |  11 November 2011

One of the most shameful things I’ve ever done was to write a school essay, aged nine or 10, arguing that Remembrance Sunday should be scrapped. My case, from memory, was that it all happened a long time ago, and we shouldn’t dwell on the past. My teacher wrote a rather terse red-inked rejoinder at …

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Upholding our side of the military covenant

Nick Smith MP  |  10 November 2011

The brave men and women who take the ultimate risks for our safety, freedom and way of life in far flung regions of the world deserve the support from their nation when they need it most. This is the basic principle behind the military covenant, an undertaking at the forefront of our minds as we …

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