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Government Accused Of 'Rancid Backstairs Deal' Over Historical Investigations

It is after legislation was proposed to prevent the prosecution of some personnel, but that would not apply to Northern Ireland. MPs have hit out at the Government following reports that plans to protect armed forces veterans from prosecution will not apply to Northern Ireland. The Government faced accusations of making a "rancid backstairs deal" with Sinn Fein, as MPs lined up to call for better protection for ex-servicemen and women from "vexatious attacks" and being pursued through the courts. Mark Francois dubbed proposals to re-investigate every fatality during the Troubles from the late 1960s onwards as "IHAT mark two", after the controversial Iraq Historic Allegations Team investigation, which was shut down over fraudulent claims of criminality by soldiers.

New law to block Armed Forces veterans from prosecution DOES NOT apply to Northern Ireland

British troops and veterans will be given stronger legal protections against prosecution, Defence Secretary Penny Mordaunt will announce. The new law would protect them from investigation over actions on the battlefield abroad after 10 years, except in "exceptional circumstances". Ms Mordaunt said it would prevent "repeated or unfair investigations".

Million Pound Appeal Launched For Veterans' Mental Health

The At Ease appeal aims to raise money over three years to help fund mental health services. Veterans' mental health charity Combat Stress is launching a £10 million appeal today, to meet the increasing demand from younger veterans for its services. The Prince of Wales, who's Patron of Combat Stress, will launch the appeal tonight at a reception at St James's Palace on the first day of Mental Health Awareness Week.

Tory MP Refuses To Support Theresa May Until 'Offensive' Probes Into Military Veterans End

Conservative MP Johnny Mercer says he is not prepared to vote for Government legislation until something changes. Mr Mercer has campaigned against the pursuit of legacy cases from the conflicts in Northern Ireland since he entered Parliament in 2015 (Picture: UK Parliament). A Tory MP has told Theresa May he will no longer support the Government in the Commons unless the historical prosecutions of ex-servicemen and women end.