May 1st 2021
Senior military commanders tell Boris to stop persecuting British veterans
Senior military commanders yesterday told Boris Johnson to stop the persecution of British veterans and serving troops. A letter signed by three retired generals, an admiral and a former commander of British troops in Afghanistan, raised particular objection to the witch-hunt against Northern Ireland veterans.
The letter is signed by Lieutenant-General Jonathon Riley, former Commander British Forces Sierra Leone, Iraq and deputy commander of Nato forces in Afghanistan; Major-General Julian Thompson, the Commander of 3 Commando Brigade in the 1982 Falklands War; Major-General Tim Cross, Commander Theatre Troops in Iraq; Rear Admiral Roger Lane-Nott, Flag Officer Submarines; and Colonel Richard Kemp, Commander British Forces, Afghanistan.
May 1st 2021
Trial of two army veterans accused of IRA murder collapses
The pair, identified only as Soldiers A and C, were charged with shooting Official IRA leader Joe McCann, 24, as he ran away from police and the Army in Belfast. The prosecution relied on statements given by the pair in 1972 and 2010. But Mr Justice O’Hara ruled that could not be used, effectively ending the trial. Lawyers for the prosecution, who accepted the case must fail if the evidence was excluded, might appeal.
February 21st 2021
Save our army! Four top generals band together to demand Boris Johnson calls a halt to troop cuts... as they warn that ploughing ahead will damage Britain's standing in the world
speaking exclusively to the Mail, Lord Dannatt, Lord Richards, Lieutenant-General Jonathon Riley and Major-General Tim Cross say a reduction would damage Britain's relationship with the United States and our position in Nato. ...
Lieutenant-General Jonathon Riley announces he is joining UKIP as the party’s Defence and Veterans Spokesman
In response to Jonathon joining, UKIP, Leader Neil Hamilton MS said:
"I am thrilled to welcome back Lieutenant-General Jonathan Riley to the party. "Jonathan's knowledge on defence and veteran's issues is second to none and his experience during his time in our armed forces speaks for itself. "I am delighted that someone of Jonathan's rank and calibre will be front and centre of party policy-making. UKIP is bouncing back better than ever and we are ready to take the fight to the LibLabCon consensus who have never truly appreciated the service of our veterans....
UKIP on Northern Ireland inquiries
Lt-Gen Jonathon Riley joins UKIP