House of Lords disrespect over Kington soldier's death

House of Lords disrespect over Kington soldier's death

Lords file out of the Upper Chamber as a statement paying tribute to fallen soldiers is about to be read.

The Upper Chamber before and after Baroness Northover's statement.

First published in News

A FORMER head of the Army blasted the scrum of peers that left the House of Lords’ Upper Chamber just as tribute was being paid to those servicemen killed in a helicopter crash last month.

Among those named in a statement from Baroness Northover was Kington’s Oliver Thomas, who died in the recent tragic accident in Afghanistan.

General Lord Dannatt – who commanded the Army from 2006-09 – ¬ reprimanded those Lords who sat patiently through questions on the Thames tunnel, but fled during an update on the conflict in Afghanistan.

He said: “My Lords, I am very conscious that what I am about to say may not make me universally popular.

“It will not have escaped the notice of noble Lords that this Chamber was packed to the gunnels at the start of Question Time today.

“However, when the Minister began to draw attention to those who had fallen, noble Lords streamed out of this House in a way that was most unfortunate, given that six of our comrades had lost their lives. “

“On a military base no one moves during the Last Post. In your Lordships’ House, I respectfully suggest that no one moves while a tribute is being paid to the fallen. “

The shameful scenes can still be viewed on BBC iplayer from 33 minutes in at http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b0444syr/house-of-lords-15052014 .

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10:51am Sat 17 May 14

Ubique1 says...

Very sad that you had to say what you did General Lord Dannatt but thank you - it was right that the public know how some of the Upper House show their respect to the Fallen - hopefully they have been taught a lesson and it will not happen again.
I presume that those that left had never served or had relatives serve in our Armed Forces otherwise they would know the bond that exists .
My thoughts are with the Fallen, RIP.
Very sad that you had to say what you did General Lord Dannatt but thank you - it was right that the public know how some of the Upper House show their respect to the Fallen - hopefully they have been taught a lesson and it will not happen again. I presume that those that left had never served or had relatives serve in our Armed Forces otherwise they would know the bond that exists . My thoughts are with the Fallen, RIP. Ubique1
  • Score: 17

5:37pm Sat 17 May 14

Hereford person says...

Words escape me what contempt , no doubt they all signed in to get their three hundred quid and a cheap meal plus other dubious claims. Perhaps they should donate these money's into a charity, don't hold your breath on this one folks.
Words escape me what contempt , no doubt they all signed in to get their three hundred quid and a cheap meal plus other dubious claims. Perhaps they should donate these money's into a charity, don't hold your breath on this one folks. Hereford person
  • Score: 13

4:26pm Sun 18 May 14

Gillian1961 says...

of to the pub for a whiskey and a cigar and a catch about golf
of to the pub for a whiskey and a cigar and a catch about golf Gillian1961
  • Score: 3

9:45pm Sun 18 May 14

Hawkshead says...

Yes as we know this was the time that they are due to be paid their expenses that why they left duck house ect more important then soldiers lives
Yes as we know this was the time that they are due to be paid their expenses that why they left duck house ect more important then soldiers lives Hawkshead
  • Score: 4

3:52pm Fri 23 May 14

littlewhitebull says...

I have only just read this story and the excellent comments made by other posters.
I agree with Lord Dannatt and the above posters.
ALL members of both houses should stop, listen and pay their respects when a tribute is being paid to any member of the armed forces who has died. It is only a few minutes of members' time - the fallen have no time left!
Some members of the House of Lords proved that they sit on their brains.
I have only just read this story and the excellent comments made by other posters. I agree with Lord Dannatt and the above posters. ALL members of both houses should stop, listen and pay their respects when a tribute is being paid to any member of the armed forces who has died. It is only a few minutes of members' time - the fallen have no time left! Some members of the House of Lords proved that they sit on their brains. littlewhitebull
  • Score: 3

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