Hilary Meredith-Beckham backs Lord Etherington’s LGBT veterans probe

Hilary Meredith-Beckham has welcomed the appointment of Britain’s first openly gay senior judge to lead a review into the impact of a historical ban on LGBT people serving in the armed forces.

Lord Etherton’s inquiry will look at how those affected can be redressed.

Campaigners are hoping for compensation for lost livelihoods and suffering as well as mental health support.

The review will apply to veterans who served between 1967, when homosexual acts began to be decriminalised, and 2000.

Until then it was illegal to be gay in the British military – with more than 5,000 people in the armed forces thought to be affected.

Commenting on developments, Hilary Meredith-Beckham said: This is a really progressive step forward.

“For far too long, the LGBT community in the armed forces have been ostracised instead of supported and championed as fighting fit heroes who served their country. I welcome this very valid inquiry and look forward to reading the conclusions.”