Johnny Mercer urged to apologise for accusing Labour rival of mendacity about army service | EUROtoday

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Johnny Mercer has been urged to apologise for accusing his Labourgeneral election rival of mendacity about his army service and withdraw the “deeply disrespectful” remarks.

The veterans minister, who’s standing for re-election in Plymouth, Moor View, has been extensively condemned for suggesting former Royal Marine Fred Thomas lied about main males into fight to spice up his political profession.

Mr Thomas has stated he’s unable to debate giant components of his army service and cited a certificates of valediction signed by a Special Forces Support Group commanding officer.

The adorned ex-Royal Marine served for seven years, rising to the rank of Captain. Due to the extremely delicate and up to date nature of his function, Thomas stays unable to debate a lot of his service.

His Certificate of Valediction notes that Mr Thomas gained “considerable operational experience relative to the time you have served”. It notes Mr Thomas “command on operations overseas” which noticed him “lead personnel…in a range of hostile and challenging environments”.

(Andrew Matthews/PA Wire)

Mr Thomas “embodied the finest traditions of the Service, you can be immensely proud of your career”, it stated.

The doc is signed by an unnamed Lieutenant Colonel, the Commanding Officer of the Special Forces Support Group.

Speaking at a hustings in Plymouth on Thursday evening, Mr Mercer stated: “This man has claimed he’s led troops in combat. He never has…if he’s going to lie about that, what else is he going to lie about.

“I respect everyone’s service, particularly in this city. But you do not lie about it…I think it’s disgraceful.”

Shadow defence secretary John Healey stated Mr Mercer ought to instantly withdraw his “deeply disrespectful” remarks.

Mr Healey stated: “The Commanding Officer of the Special Forces Support Group wrote of Fred’s integrity and his character. Those words will not have been penned lightly. Mr Mercer should do the right thing and withdraw his deeply disrespectful remarks.”

John Healey said Johnny Mercer’s remarks were ‘deeply disrespectful’
John Healey stated Johnny Mercer’s remarks had been ‘deeply disrespectful’ (Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire)

Mr Thomas, Labour’s candidate in Plymouth Moor View, stated: “I am proud of having served my country for 7 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.

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

The row comes as Labour has accused the Conservatives of turning to more and more divisive and private assaults within the final weeks of the final election marketing campaign.

The Tories are rising more and more determined with Labour’s 20-point ballot lead refusing to budge and senior social gathering figures repeatedly warning of the prospect of Sir Keir Starmer profitable a “supermajority”.

Mr Mercer has served as MP for Plymouth Moor View since 2010 and has attended cupboard as Minister for Veteran Affairs since 2019.

He is about to lose his seat to Labour, with the Reform social gathering predicted to nibble away on the Conservative majority, taking round 11 per cent of the whole vote share.