Andrew Gwynne, MP for Denton and Reddish, today gave his support to the #lookmeintheeye campaign which calls on the Prime Minister to meet with representatives of the Nuclear Veteran community.

The #lookmeintheeye campaign is being led by LABRATS International, which promotes the work of the individuals and organisations who represent test communities across the world.

Atomic testing in the UK began in 1952, and since then no UK Prime Minister has ever met with the armed forces veterans who took part in those testing programs. 45 nuclear tests were carried out, and the effects of the nuclear testing programmes on the service personnel and their families have been devastating.

Service personnel present at the tests have died from unexplained pancreatic damage, numerous brain tumours and many were left sterile. Furthermore, the families of the servicemen have been found to suffer with ten times the usual rates of birth defects.  The psychological consequences of the testing programmes have also been stark, with veterans and their families reporting suicides, marriage breakdown, alcoholism and mental illness.

Andrew Gwynne said:

‘This is such an important and shocking campaign. It is completely unacceptable that these cold war heroes have been ignored by the Government and have been made to suffer the horrific consequences of nuclear testing for decades without any state support.

 

That is why I am supporting the #lookmeintheeye campaign, to urge the Prime Minister to do the right thing and meet with the Nuclear Veteran Community and their families.

 

The UK Government is the only nuclear superpower that has not formally recognised their Nuclear Veterans. This cannot go on; the Prime Minister needs to meet these forgotten heroes and give them the recognition and support that they deserve.’

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