North Thanet`s MP Roger Gale, a former journalist and TV producer, has condemned as "offensive to the memory of those servicemen and women who have died" the sale, by some military personnel taken hostage by Iran, of their stories to the press.
"There are now many - too many - Members of Parliament who have lost young constituents in Iraq and Afghanistan" says the MP "and their families and those of us who represent them know that they will never be able to tell their stories to their wives, their mothers, their fathers or their children, never mind to the media.
I have personally been battling to hold the Prime Minister to his undertaking to make adequate facilities available so that bereaved families may be professionally and legally represented at the inquests into the deaths of fallen servicemen and women. To date the Government has declined to honour that promise and yet is apparently willing to allow those who have returned from captivity in Iran to capitalise on their experiences while still serving in the armed forces: I find that offensive to the memory of those who have given everything in the service of their country.
I would like to think that those - newspapers and those who have sold stories - will now think long and hard and donate the money to a service charity to help to ensure that those who have lost their loved ones in conflict do not have to pay for their own legal representation at inquests. That would at least go to right what is a huge wrong"