By Shadow Defence Secretary Rt Hon Jim Murphy MP.
The Government are u-turning their position on the Chief Coroner and will now instate the position.
The country expected the Government to keep to their promise and honour our troops, but that didn’t happen.
The Government were on to a loser by taking on public opinion, the Royal British Legion and the views of Parliament. They have been forced into a climbdown. They are doing the right thing but for the wrong reasons.
The post of Chief Coroner will create an independent and expert coronial system for all bereaved families and will help drive up standards. The detail of this decision is very important and we will want to see specifics.
The Royal British Legion deserve huge praise for a brilliant campaign.