Gagging Order To Be Lifted On Military Personnel
A reckoning is coming for the unpunished abuse of power in our Armed Forces Said MP for Rutland and Melton, Alicia Kearns. Today my colleague Sarah Atherton will launch a subgroup of the Defence Committee to hear evidence from women serving in the Armed Forces about their experiences of bullying, harassment, sexual abuse and rape within the Armed Forces.
This is a ground-breaking moment because the Defence Secretary has rightly stepped in to lift the gagging order on serving personnel that ordinarily prevents them from speaking toParliamentarians without authorisation.
No woman, indeed, no soldier, should be gagged and prevented from getting the justice they deserve, and criminals should not be able to hide within our Armed Forces.Our servicewomen put their lives on the line to keep us all safe and we owe an immense debt of gratitude to each of them.
I am pleased that Parliament, with the Government’s full backing, will enable these brave women to share their experiences so we can implement meaningful policies to address these pressing issues.