North Antrim MP Ian Paisley was amongst a group of Government representatives, including Prime Minister David Cameron, who met to applaud the 120 representatives of the 1st Mechanized Brigade, led by Brigadier Rupert Jones MBE, as they returned home from duty in Afghanistan this week. The group were invited to parade to Westminster where hundreds of parliamentary staff joined MPs in welcoming home the troops. Prime Minister Cameron acknowledged the sacrifices made by all of our armed forces and the groundbreaking achievements made by British troops as they prepare to withdraw from Afghanistan and hand over control to the new Afghan Government.
Mr Paisley commented “It is vital that we never forget the damage to and loss of life that the war in Afghanistan has caused. Our troops are regarded as some of the finest in the world and the bravery and commitment demonstrated by the young men and women who have joined us here today at Westminster compares to no other. As a progressive nation we should never forget the sacrifices that members of our armed forces have to make to promote and maintain the freedom and democracy that Great Britain is built upon.”