Meeting for soldiers equal rights


Romford MP Andrew Rosindell led a special meeting held at the Houses of Parliament for the ‘Right of Abode’ for Former British Hong Kong Servicemen, recently.
The meeting held was between campaigners and the Home Secretary Sajid Javed and was led by the Romford MP.
The Parliamentary Support Group seeks to grant UK citizenship to 295 veterans who fought in the British Army in Hong Kong, but were denied UK citizenship when Hong Kong was handed back to China in 1997.
Mr Rosindell said: “They took an oath of allegiance to Her Majesty The Queen and it was a dishonour that many servicemen were left behind by the UK.
“We must recognise these men who stood shoulder-to-shoulder with Britain and right this wrong. I know there is a strong feeling in the public that these soldiers must be given equal rights.”
A petition with over 106,000 signatures to give full UK citizenship to ex British Hong Kong servicemen was delivered to the Home Office, and over 50 MP’s have signed a letter to Sajid Javid.
The campaign is backed by senior MPs including Julian Lewis, Chair of the Defence Select Committee, Tom Tugendhat, former soldier and chair of the Foreign Affairs Select Committee and Nigel Dodds, leader of the DUP in Parliament.
“As the Military Covenant states, this country is obligated to look after all of its veterans and their families for life. This is a genuine plea for justice and the Home Secretary must not forget their loyalty. We hope progress can now be made.”


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