For Those Who Fought For Us
"On Remembrance Sunday, our nation commemorates both British and Commonwealth servicemen and women who fought to defend the freedom and liberties we enjoy today. With the growing threats of conflict and terrorism at home and abroad, this Sunday will be especially significant.
Last month bore witness to butchery beyond belief, committed against Jewish people in Israel. From defeating Nazism in Europe to enduring the terrorism of the IRA and ISIS at home, the fight against evil ideology is familiar to the British people. Defending the freedom of civilisation against the oppression of barbarianism, runs through our nation’s proud history!
On Sunday at 11 a.m., the people of Romford will gather at the War Memorial in Coronation Gardens, Main Road to remember and thank those whose have defended our way of life, both past and present. I will lay a wreath on behalf of the people of our town for the twenty-third time as Romford’s M.P. A duty I carry out every year with enormous pride.
Yet today, some wish to undermine those willing to lay down their lives for our freedom by using human rights laws against them. Worse still, this jurisprudence is often made by foreign judges in Strasbourg, under the European Convention of Human Rights (ECHR) and Tony Blair’s Human Rights Act. Another reason why Britain should pull out of the ECHR which has become so highly politicised and undermines the ability of the United Kingdom to make our own laws and decisions in Britain’s interests.
At this time of heightened security threat to our armed forces personnel, this has never been more important. Those who are committed to defending our country and its values should not be punished when they act in the defence of our cherished way of life.
This Remembrance Sunday, as I lay my wreath of poppies in commemoration of those great war heroes who made the final sacrifice, I will also think of the true meaning behind those famous lines of the Ode of Remembrance: ‘at the going down of the sun and in the morning, we will remember them’. Not only must we give thanks to those who have served King and Country, but also guarantee that our currently serving Armed Forces personnel have proper legal protection, under a rule of law, decided here in Britain!"