MP lends support to bereaved families

MORPETH’S MP has attended an event at the House of Commons organised by The Royal British Legion to highlight the importance of supporting bereaved Armed Forces families.

Ian Lavery was told about the Legion’s work to improve the welfare of these families in his area.

He also learnt more about the charity’s concern that the Government should appoint a Chief Coroner to improve investigations into deaths of Service personnel.

The Legion is currently celebrating its 90th anniversary.

Mr Lavery, who represents the Wansbeck constituency, said: “I was really pleased to see my local County Manager and tell him that just as the Legion supports bereaved Armed Forces families, so do I.

“The Legion does very important welfare work for some of my most vulnerable constituents in both the serving and ex-Service communities.

“It is vital that we as a nation are there for those serving in current conflicts, and especially for the families of those who have made the ultimate sacrifice.”

Andrew Drake, the Legion’s County Manager for Northumbria, said: “It was great to see Ian Lavery — we really appreciated him making the time to drop in.

“Many people don’t realise that we spend nearly £1.4million a week on helping both the serving and the ex-Service communities, including their families, so we were delighted to tell him about the range of services we provide.”