Anyone from our city knows that Portsmouth is the heart and home of the Royal Navy and has a rich military History. From launching the allied invasion of Normandy on D-Day to being a key contemporary Naval outpost – is impossible to deny Portsmouth’s military success is the country’s success.
Stephen has cited this, along with his Grandfather who was a D-Day veteran and founder of Portsmouth Normandy Veterans association, as inspiration for his tough stance on defence.
Stephen’s commitment to our forces has been extensive, examples include:
- Joining our forces on live exercise training all across the UK and abroad
- Lobbied the Government Minister responsible to ensure that the Dry Dock facility is located in Portsmouth
- Attended meetings at the MoD to ensure the smooth running of D-Day 75
- Lobbied Government hard to extend the HM Forces Railcard to veterans
- Hosted Westminster Hall debate on veteran welfare
- Regularly meets with local forces organisations such as All Call Signs
- Meeting figures at the Historic Dockyard to ensure the legacy is not lost
- Is the patron of the Royal Marines Museum
- Working with Public Accounts to apply pressure over failures in Military housing
- Meets with senior figures to ensure that those at the Naval Base have a voice
On Defence, Stephen said:
“We owe so much to our brave force’s community, something that is impossible to miss here in Portsmouth. Successive Conservative indifference to our military has meant that the Armed Forces face a £1.2 billion funding shortfall by 2022, this is not something I will stand for.
I will continue to work with grassroots organisations and hear directly from our troops about what more needs to be done.”
Stephen can often been seen spending time with the armed forces community in the constituency or standing up in the House of Commons slamming Government over what more needs to be done.
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