Looking after our people is as important now as it has ever been. It is not as alluring; it is not as potentially compelling as many preparations for war. But it is as important as any other preparation.For if we consider what compels a soldier to fight, that moral component ...
May 3, 2016B
Compassion and caution must both be at the heart of our response to the refugee crisis It is only fair that if one asks the government to do more, we should acknowledge when it does so. The Syrian conflict moves at a frightening pace. The families caught up ...
April 23, 2016B
There are many reasons that one chooses to put oneself forward to be a Member of Parliament. Seldom is anything as it first appears, and this job would align with that.But as I returned from my third combat tour of Afghanistan in four years at the end of 2010, it ...
March 10, 2016B
Today, Friday 5 February, Johnny Mercer MP secured a commitment from Chair of the Defence Select Committee, Dr Julian Lewis MP, to hold an inquiry into the actions of the ongoing Iraq Historic Allegation Team investigation.The inquiry will be spearheaded by the Member of Parliament for Plymouth Moor View in ...
February 5, 2016B
Britain is doing good work for refugees in the camps - but it needs to do more for the ones who reach Europe Refugee children are increasingly being forgotten once they arrive on the continent.When I visited Turkey’s border with Syria in September, a refugee mother begged me ...
January 22, 2016B
A LANDMARK report out yesterday details how 83,000 UK troops have beenafflicted by physical or mental injury – exposing the true human toll of conflicts since the First Gulf War.It is of critical importance and the first time an attempt has been made to measure empirically the “State of the ...
January 12, 2016B
It was a disappointing trudge to work yesterday morning. The media had opened with and was being dominated by news that a vote in Syria will now not be forthcoming after the release of a Foreign Affairs Committee report suggesting that a political solution is the best way forward to ...
November 5, 2015B
Thursday was a tough day. I had to do 27 media engagements, which is quite a few for a nobody from Plymouth who’s been an MP for five minutes – and all for saying we needed to do more for the victims of Syria. Sometimes you stick your chin out ...
September 4, 2015B