Hilary Meredith has worked closely with BBC Wales on a new documentary investigating the true extent of fatal failures by the Ministry of Defence in training exercises.
Craig Roberts, Edward Maher and James Dunsby died in the UK armed forces in 2013. Not in war zones, but in training.
The young soldiers were taking part in an elite selection test in the Brecon Beacons for the British Army’s SAS reserves when they collapsed in the heat.
In 2015, the Ministry of Defence (MoD) admitted mistakes were made and insisted lessons had been learned.
A year later, it happened again. This time, Corporal Joshua Hoole passed away during a fitness test. He is now one of 148 people who have died in military training in the past 20 years.
Hilary Meredith provided evidence to the 2016 Parliamentary Inquiry – Beyond Endurance – which was set up after the deaths of Craig Roberts, Edward Maher and James Dunsby.
At the end of the Inquiry, the Defence Committee agreed with Hilary’s recommendation that the MoD should be stripped of its historic immunity from prosecution when personnel are killed during training as a result of a serious failing in its duty of care. In its response, the MoD rejected this proposal.
“In hiding behind crown immunity, the MoD is defying the will of a Parliamentary Inquiry and flying in the face of public opinion. It is a scandal.
“Whilst training has to be realistic, it cannot result in death. These are not mere accidents. This is about a blatant and reckless disregard for life and the MoD needs to be held accountable.
“Removing crown immunity would push the MoD to improve its standards and ultimately save lives.”
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