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Veterans’ Minister Johnny Mercer has accused his Labour rival of mendacity about his army file. Labour common election candidate Fred Thomas has defended his service after the accusations by the cupboard member.

Mr Mercer, who says he needed to be supported by safety as Labour activists waited exterior for him, stated his opponent within the Plymouth Moor View seat had “lied throughout” a hustings final night time, Plymouth Live studies.

Mr Thomas was challenged repeatedly about serving in fight which Mr Mercer stated has “a special meaning and carries special responsibilities”.

The Labour candidate careworn he’s a embellished ex-Royal Marine who served for seven years, rising to the rank of captain.

Special forces high brass have vouched for Mr Thomas, who has stated that as a result of extremely delicate and up to date nature of his function, he’s unable to debate a lot of his service.

On X, previously Twitter, Mr Mercer stated: “One of the most unpleasant experiences I’ve had in public life. My opponent lied throughout. He was then challenged on his claim to have served ‘in combat’ by an 11-tour veteran, which he could not stand up.

“I cannot believe I am standing against a real life Walter Mitty in Plymouth. If there is one place you don’t want to lie about your military service, it is this city.”

Mr Mercer stated veterans “erupted and started to walk out” of the hustings.

In a one-minute video, he stated: “He said that he had served in combat, and he was challenged repeatedly about serving in combat, and it turns out he hasn’t and he is propagating a fraud on the people of Plymouth.”

Mr Thomas stated: “I am proud of having served my country for seven years, including overseas on operations. I remain unable to discuss much of my service, something which Johnny Mercer – as a former defence minister – is keenly aware of.”

He added: “I look forward to using every day until July 4 to take the message of Keir Starmer’s changed Labour Party to the voters of Plymouth Moor View.”

A certificates of valediction from the Admiralty, signed by an unnamed lieutenant colonel, the commanding officer of the Special Forces Support Group, confirms Mr Thomas’ “operational experience” in “a range of hostile and challenging environments”.