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One hundred years ago Britain entered into the First World War and hundreds of thousands of British soldiers gave their lives to protect the freedom that we still enjoy today

Marking the centenary of Britain entering into the First World War, Ed Miliband MP, Leader of the Labour Party, said:

“One hundred years ago, Britain entered into the First World War and hundreds of thousands of British soldiers gave their lives to protect the freedom that we still enjoy today.

“They fought valiantly and with incredible bravery in unimaginably horrific conditions.

“Young men from across Britain served alongside soldiers from across the world – from the Indian sub-continent to Africa, from Australia to the Caribbean.

“We must also remember those who served their country in other ways - from the nurses who risked their lives on the Western Front to those who played their part on the Home Front.

“The First World War will serve as a reminder of the brutality of conflict for generations to come and a reminder to those in power to avoid entering war unless it is absolutely necessary.”

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