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Welcome to my blog - I'm Charles Reed and I advise the Church of England on foreign policy issues.
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Tag Archives: Armed Forces Bill
With the Conference season in full swing Parliament is enjoying the Autumn recess. This does not mean that the Parliamentary work stops – most of last week was taken up meeting with Peers of various political persuasions who are concerned … Continue reading
Yesterday in Parliament Peers considered in Grand Committee the Armed Forces Bill. Most of the amendments under consideration, including that by the Bishop of Wakefield, related to Clause 2 and how the Bill’s provisions regarding the Military Covenant might best … Continue reading
Next week, on the eve of the 10th anniversary of 9/11, the House of Lords will debate in Committee the Armed Forces Bill. The Bishop of Wakefield, the Rt Revd Stephen Platten, the Church’s lead Bishop on defence and security, has over the … Continue reading
The House of Commons Armed Forces Bill Committee reported yesterday on its findings of the Armed Forces Bill currently making its way through Parliament. For those who might have missed this, an Armed Forces Bill is required every five years in … Continue reading
Yesterday, Chris Simpkins, the Director-General of the Royal British Legion accused the Prime Minister of reneging on the pledge to rebuild the Military Covenant. Chris Simpkins certainly has a case, but only half a case. The Armed Forces Bill currently … Continue reading