Thursday, 18 October 2012
Government loses vote in Parliament over plan to axe Fusiliers battalion
A motion calling on the government to reverse the disbandment of the 2nd Battalion, Royal Regiment of Fusiliers was passed in Parliament today. The result was an overwhelming 57 votes to three.
The debate was scheduled by the Backbench Business Committee at the request of John Baron, the Tory MP who has led the campaign against the axing of the battalion. Mr Baron, a former captain in the Fusiliers, said the move was purely down to 'political calculations'.
The petition was handed in by veteran Fusilier and campaigner Dennis Laverick, from Bury, and Tory MP John Baron, who secured a debate in Parliament over the issue.They were joined at Downing Street by Greater Manchester MPs Ivan Lewis and Jonathan Reynolds. Read more on the Manchester Evening News website.
Credit where credit is due. Jonathan Reynolds MP deserves praise for supporting the campaign which led to this motion being passed. It is worth watching proceedings in parliament today. You can watch it on the BBC iPlayer by clicking here. If you start viewing 4.20 you will hear an impressive introduction from John Baron, the Conservative MP for Basildon and Billericay, soon followed by the MP for Stalybridge & Hyde. Mr Baron lists some of the achievements of the 2nd Battalion, Royal Regiment of Fusiliers such as; most VC's won in the Great War and most battle honours in the British Army. Tameside Citizen