During Defence Questions yesterday, 26th March 2012, the Minister for Defence Personnel, Welfare and Veterans referred to a letter by Jim Murphy to Ed Miliband which stated that the Labour Party had made “joint press releases” with the Royal British Legion.
We wish to make it clear that there have never been any joint Labour press releases with the Legion and this mis-statement originated in a short, internal Labour note.
Statements by the Royal British Legion have been included within Labour Party press releases, as they have been in Government releases, for example on enshrining the principles of the Armed Forces Covenant in law.
We recognise the vital role the Legion play in defending and promoting veterans’ rights and military covenant issues.
Service welfare is a priority for Labour and so we will work closely with all charities.