A new law needs to be brought in to stop discrimination of armed forces, according to Labour’s parliamentary candidate for Lichfield.
Chris Worsey – who will hope to take Michael Fabricant’s seat at the next General Election – made his comments after a visit to the National Memorial Arboretum with the shadow defence secretary Vernon Coaker MP last week.
A survey last year found one in five servicemen and women had been subjected to verbal abuse, with some 18 per cent saying they had been refused service in hotels, pubs or restaurants for wearing uniforms.
Mr Worsey said: “It is simply unacceptable that men and women who serve in our armed forces are being subjected to verbal abuse or refused goods and services because of the uniform they wear or the wars they are asked to fight by our governments.
“This year’s Armed Forces Day was a timely opportunity to reflect on the service and sacrifice that members of our armed forces give to our country – including the 1.7 million men and women from the Commonwealth who lost their lives in the two world wars.
“That’s why I’m backing proposals for a new law to tackle this kind of discrimination.”