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MP's call for atomic test compensation
6:36pm Tuesday 29th October 2013 in News
A CAMPAIGN to set up a £25million fund for soldiers injured during nuclear tests has received widespread support.
Essex MP John Baron raised the issue during a debate in the Houses of Parliament today.
More than 1,000 veterans, including Brian Torode, from Greenstead, Colchester, believe they suffered serious medical problems as a result of tests carried out in the Fifites in areas such as Christmas Island.
Compensation has been agreed by many nations where blame was accepted, but not in Britain.
Mr Baron, a patron of the British Nuclear Test Veterans’ Association, said: “We all know Britain is towards the bottom of the international league tables when it comes to how we treat our test veterans – this must surely change.”
Mr Baron wants an agreement to set up the fund to be distributed “where there is a need”.
Attempts to get compensation through the courts has so far failed and been ruled out for many veterans due to the time which has passed.
Mr Torode had to be medically retired in the Nineties, claiming he suffered bone degeneration as a result of nuclear test.
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