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Labour MP Thomas Docherty will write to all leading service charities to hold a summit at the end of this year on anti-discrimination measures against the service community.

Mr Docherty will bring forward the Armed Forces (Prevention of Discrimination) Bill for Second Reading in the House of Commons early next year.

This Bill covers protection for service personnel and their families against discrimination in the provision of goods and services; protection against abuse through tougher sanctions; protection for Reservists in employment.

The summit with service charities will explore how these measures can best be implemented and whether there are other examples of discrimination that need to be tackled.

This will be part of Labour’s effort to gain cross-party and cross-sector support, in particular amongst business, for the measures included in the Bill.
Thomas Docherty MP, member of the Defence Select Committee and Deputy Shadow Leader of the House, said:

“It is vital that we protect those who protect our nation.

“Any and all discrimination against our Forces is unacceptable.

“Those who perform remarkable heroics overseas deserve the highest levels of support and care at home. There is a small but significant minority who are not treated as such.

“This is not about special treatment but a level playing field for those who make sacrifices to serve their country and their families.”

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