James Sunderland welcomes the Government's massive £24 billion investment in defence over the next four years but cautions that the Army probably needs an establishment of 82,000 to mobilise a strength of 72,000.
James Sunderland is Chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Veterans and of the All-Party Parliamentary Group for the Armed Forces Covenant.
The APPG on Veterans exists to represent armed forces veterans within Parliament and to ensure that the UK is the best place in the world to be a veteran.
The Armed Forces Covenant is a promise by the nation ensuring that those who serve or who have served in the armed forces, and their families, are treated fairly.
James Sunderland highlights the opportunities membership of the Commonwealth has to offer and calls for an informal resolution for the eight Fijian veterans who lost their court battle to stay in the UK and for all foreign and Commonwealth soldiers serving in our armed forces to be offered the right to remain in the UK.
Today, the House of Commons launches the Select Committee on the Armed Forces Bill, chaired by James Sunderland MP. The Select Committee on the Armed Forces Bill 2021 has held its first meeting to agree its programme of scrutiny on the Armed Forces Bill 2019-21.
James Sunderland joins colleague Jonathan Gullis MP in a debate in Westminster Hall to promote their Private Member’s Bill to better protect our war memorials with the introduction of a specific offence of desecrating a war memorial.
James Sunderland recalls talking to veterans at the D-day 75 commemoration in Portsmouth last summer and calls for an end to visa fees for British soldiers from Commonwealth countries when they leave the service and for an amnesty for the group of Fijian-born soldiers seeking right to remain through the courts.