Jonathan Reynolds MP has been elected as the secretary of the new All Party Group for the Armed Forces.
The group was founded by James Gray, Conservative MP for North Wiltshire, who will also be the group chairman. It held its inaugural annual general meeting on June 7.
The aim of the group is to promote in Parliament a better understanding of the UK’s armed forces, their objectives and their activities.
In his maiden speech Mr Reynolds said he hoped that in his time as a parliamentarian he would always be known as “a friend of the country’s armed forces”.
And he hopes that his position in the new All Party Group for the Armed Forces will enable him to support those serving in the armed forces in Stalybridge and Hyde and beyond.
Mr Reynolds said: “There are a significant number of people from Stalybridge and Hyde who are members of the Armed Forces.
“They serve in some of the most troubled parts of the world, often in difficult conditions. And they show outstanding devotion and service to their country – which deserves our admiration and our gratitude.
“Today more than ever before it’s important that our armed service men and women have a voice in Parliament and that their role is more widely recognised.
“I hope that by taking on this role in the All Party Group for the Armed Forces I will be able to play a part in raising awareness of their contribution, representing their views and fulfil my promise to be a friend to the country’s armed forces.”
Published June 10, 2010.