MP welcomes Arctic veterans award

ANGUS MP Mike Weir has praised the announcement by the prime minister that the incredible bravery of those who served on the Arctic convoys during the Second World War will be recognised by the issue of a medal.

Mr Weir has long supported the campaign for recognition of the bravery of those on served on the convoys. 

He said: “The Arctic convoys operated in unimaginable conditions ensuring a lifeline for our Russian allies during the dark days of the Second World War.

Without their courage and sacrifices the outcome of the war in the east, and throughout Europe could have been very different. 

“They endured incredible hardship and over 3,000 men lost their lives.  We owe them a great deal and the lack of recognition by successive governments over the years has been shameful.”

“The Prime Minister’s announcement is very welcome indeed. The full details are yet to be announced but I hope it will include provisions to award recognition to the many veterans of the convoy who have died in the intervening years.”

In his announcement the prime minister stated that full details will be made known in the New Year, including how veterans may apply for the award.