General Article Armed Forces Covenant 'an historic breakthrough'

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‘For the first time, Armed Forces personnel and their families will see the principles of fair treatment there on the statute book,’ said Chris Simpkins, Director General of The Royal British Legion. ‘Fairness for our brave Armed Forces can now be put to parliamentary scrutiny – an historic breakthrough that will benefit all those in service and their families for generations to come.’

He added: ‘The Legion has campaigned vigorously for this and we applaud Mr Cameron for putting the Covenant principles in the heart of the new Armed Forces Bill, thereby fulfilling his promise made on HMS Ark Royal in June 2010 to write the Covenant into law.’

Following consultations with The Royal British Legion earlier this week, the Prime Minister, David Cameron, announced today that the Armed Forces Covenant would be written into law in a way that has the full support of The Royal British Legion.

‘We are particularly pleased that the unique nature of service will now be acknowledged in the Bill...

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