Conservatives launch Armed Forces Manifesto

Aims include to protect defence budget for 2010/11 and support veterans with a new mental health screening process.

Conservative leader David Cameron has launched the Conservative Party's Armed Forces Manifesto, which outlines how they will repair the Military Covenant and rebuild the bonds between the Forces and the people.

The Conservatives have stated they will give the Armed Forces clear leadership by holding a Strategic Defence and Security Review to make sure resources match commitments and protecting the defence budget for 2010/11 and equip our Armed Forces properly, by reforming procurement so our Forces get the equipment they need when they need it, at a reasonable cost to the taxpayer.

Also, support servicemen and women by doubling the operational allowance, improve rest and recuperation leave and establish a tri-Service Military Covenant, support service families and children by giving Forces children extra support in school through the pupil premium, and provide college and university bursaries for the children of Forces personnel who have been killed. Also, support veterans with a new mental health screening process and a new ‘Troops for Teachers’ programme to get ex-service personnel into teaching.

Cameron said: "Our Forces sacrifice and risk so much to do their duty by us. The least we can do in return is to do our duty by them."

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