The Government has launched Veterans Strategy Action Plan 2022-2044 which includes over 60 commitments to be delivered during the period to support the ex-service personnel who have given so much to their country.
James Sunderland is Chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Veterans and of the All-Party Parliamentary Group for the Armed Forces Covenant.
The APPG on Veterans exists to represent armed forces veterans within Parliament and to ensure that the UK is the best place in the world to be a veteran.
The Armed Forces Covenant is a promise by the nation ensuring that those who serve or who have served in the armed forces, and their families, are treated fairly.
Over the past few days, I have been asked why I voted against the Mercer/Jarvis Amendment on visa fees for foreign and commonwealth soldiers. Some of the criticism I have received is ill-informed and the facts are somewhat different so I wish to set the record straight. It is also not true that I ‘rebelled’ against it - As a member of the Government, I voted with the Whip, along with the vast majority of my colleagues.
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James Sunderland took part in the Industry and Parliament Trust Poppy Ride, in association with the Royal British Legion, which raises funds and awareness for the Poppy Appeal in Parliament.
James Sunderland welcomes the commitment to extra defence spending and urges the Government to ensure the extra money is spent responsibly and flexibly both to secure the best equipment for our armed forces and to support Global Britain by investing in the British defence industry and growing UK defence exports.
James Sunderland, who chaired the Armed Forces Bill Select Committee, speaks in the Committee Stage debate and whilst welcoming the draft statutory guidance to support the Armed Forces Covenant, calls on the Government to look again at the complaints process in respect of local councils.
James Sunderland welcomes the update on vaccinations for the armed forces and suggests that, in our fight against the pandemic, we can all learn from the armed forces about the need to be comfortable with a level of risk in the face of adversity.