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I recently met with one of my constituents, David Rae, who brought with him his Father’s service medals.

David’s Father, Andrew, served on Operation Grapple Y at Christmas Island (Kiritimati) in the Pacific Ocean in 1958 – which was part of the British hydrogen bomb programme. Andrew was one of 22,000 British service personnel who witnessed the nuclear weapons tests.

These men witnessed one of the most devastating weapons our country has produced, but veterans have not been recognised in the way they ought to have been.

In 2015 Fiji paid compensation to soldiers exposed to radiation during British nuclear tests, yet this has not happened in Britain. It is about time British service personnel were rightly recognised.

I am therefore hopeful that people will sign this e-petition to ‘Award a medal to British personnel involved in any nuclear testing program’: https://petition.parliament.uk/petitions/220170