Theresa May called a ‘coward’ by Tory MP for allowing ‘witch hunt’ against Northern Ireland veterans

Theresa May was accused of ‘cowardice’ by one of her own MPs yesterday for failing to protect veterans of the Troubles.

Tory backbenchers who served as soldiers rounded on the Prime Minister in the House of Commons, accusing her of being ‘complicit’ in a witch-hunt.

Former Army captain Johnny Mercer said it was ‘genuinely shocking’ that Mrs May had said terrorists and veterans should be given ‘equal’ treatment.

Theresa May was accused of 'cowardice' by one of her own MPs yesterday for failing to protect veterans of the Troubles. At the Tory party conference in 2016, Mrs May vowed to end 'witch-hunts' of troops over historical incidents

Theresa May was accused of 'cowardice' by one of her own MPs yesterday for failing to protect veterans of the Troubles. At the Tory party conference in 2016, Mrs May vowed to end 'witch-hunts' of troops over historical incidents

Theresa May was accused of ‘cowardice’ by one of her own MPs yesterday for failing to protect veterans of the Troubles. At the Tory party conference in 2016, Mrs May vowed to end ‘witch-hunts’ of troops over historical incidents

His comments came in a debate triggered by a petition signed by 146,000 people, calling for soldiers to be granted immunity.

Mr Mercer, who earlier this month said no longer ‘shared the values or ethos’ of the Tory Party under Mrs May, said: ‘There has been a clear moral failure by this Prime Minister and the Northern Ireland Office to deal with this situation.

Former Army captain Johnny Mercer said it was 'genuinely shocking' that Mrs May had said terrorists and veterans should be given 'equal' treatment

Former Army captain Johnny Mercer said it was 'genuinely shocking' that Mrs May had said terrorists and veterans should be given 'equal' treatment

Former Army captain Johnny Mercer said it was ‘genuinely shocking’ that Mrs May had said terrorists and veterans should be given ‘equal’ treatment

‘The greatest worry is this will never end… until a government or a prime minister decides to show just a quarter of the courage we asked our men and women to show on a daily basis.’ 

At the Tory party conference in 2016, Mrs May vowed to end ‘witch-hunts’ of troops over historical incidents – but it emerged at the weekend that she blocked plans to scrap prosecutions for alleged crimes in a private letter to the Northern Ireland Office and the Ministry of Defence.

In the letter, sent last year on Mrs May’s behalf, she said a consultation on legacy issues ‘should not contain’ reference to an amnesty or statute of limitations, with veterans instead given ‘equal, rather than preferential treatment’.

Mr Mercer said yesterday: ‘It is just pure cowardice to give a conference speech to rapturous applause that you are on the side of those who served, bravest of the brave, and in private say the complete opposite.’

Former Army colonel Bob Stewart said he was ‘ashamed’ of the Government’s inaction, adding: ‘Our soldiers need protection. I’m ashamed that our governments are complicit in a witch-hunt.’

Tory MP Richard Drax, also a former Army officer, said: ‘It is so easy for politicians to say ‘I condemn that man or woman’. What they fail to understand is the total picture… we cannot go on betraying our brave men and women.’

Hundreds of veterans are pictured outside the Broadcasting House in London on Saturday against the prosecution of Soldier F.  Johnny Mercer's comments came in a debate triggered by a petition signed by 146,000 people, calling for soldiers to be granted immunity

Hundreds of veterans are pictured outside the Broadcasting House in London on Saturday against the prosecution of Soldier F.  Johnny Mercer's comments came in a debate triggered by a petition signed by 146,000 people, calling for soldiers to be granted immunity

Hundreds of veterans are pictured outside the Broadcasting House in London on Saturday against the prosecution of Soldier F.  Johnny Mercer’s comments came in a debate triggered by a petition signed by 146,000 people, calling for soldiers to be granted immunity

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