Rachael Maskell MP for York Central has written to the Secretary of State for Defence to call for one of the eight new Royal Navy Type 26 Frigates to be named the HMS York.Read more
Rachael Maskell MP this week launched her petition to Save York Barracks at Imphal Barracks on Fulford Road. Ms Maskell is leading the campaign to reverse the Government’s decision to move 1400 skilled jobs from the city and protect 2,000 years of York’s proud history as a Garrison City. Sign the petition at: www.saveyorkbarracks.comRead more
Rachael Maskell MP for York Central made a speech this week in Westminster to halt the planned closure of Imphal Barracks, York and save 1500 jobs in the city.Read more
This week, Rachael Maskell MP for York Central met with the Government Defence Minister over his decision to close Imphal Barracks by 2031. Following detailed discussions with the Armed Forces, families, the community, veterans, reserves and cadets, City of York Council, and the staff trade unions; the MP has written a detailed paper to highlight all the issues associated with the closure.Read more
Rachael Maskell MP has warned the Defence Secretary he must take urgent action on the pay, pensions, accommodation and morale of the Armed Forces, or risk worsening the crisis over staff retention. The latest Armed Forces Continuous Attitudes Survey, published last week, has revealed stark declines in the number of personnel who are satisfied with their finances and their housing.Read more
Shadow Defence Minister for Veterans, Rachael Maskell MP has called for the Government to speed up its applications process working with the French authorities to make sure all Normandy Veterans are honoured with the Legion d’honneur before Victory in Europe Day (VE Day) in under two months time.Read more
Rachael Maskell MP, Shadow Minister for Armed Forces Personnel and Veterans, has pledged to ensure that Armed Forces veterans will not have to battle blindness alone at a special parliamentary reception earlier this week, held at the House of Commons.
The reception, held on 23 February, was organised by Blind Veterans UK, the national charity for vision impaired ex-Service men and women, to raise awareness of the charity and to encourage all local authorities to work with Blind Veterans UK to reach out to more veterans with severe sight loss so that they are able to access the Charity’s free services and support.Read more
Read Rachael Maskell MPs contribution to the draft armed forces regulations 2015 debate which took place on Monday 14th December in Westminster.
Draft Armed Forces (Service Complaints Miscellaneous Provisions) Regulations 2015:Read more
Private Member’s Bill – 23 October 2015, 2nd Reading
It is a huge privilege to highlight the importance that this Party places on our national security and our role in safeguarding the wider world. We live in an ever complex and challenging international landscape, where our service personnel selflessly give of themselves to keep us safe.
It is the first duty of any Government to ensure that we have the capacity and capability to defend ourselves against current and future threats while ensuring that every precaution is taken to safeguard those who put themselves in danger for our security. It is the determination of this Opposition to scrutinise the Government over each decision that it takes, ensuring that there is a modern and strategic plan to maximise our security.Read more