Victory for the Veterans' Pledge, championed by Leo Docherty MP, with announcement of new Office for Veterans' Affairs

Boris Johnson announces the first Government office to care for our forces’ veterans in a huge victory for the Veterans' Pledge

This means, for the first time, our forces personnel have a dedicated cross-Government champion with the clout to push through real change and ensure “world-class” care. The Office for Veterans' Affairs will sit inside the Cabinet Office and be jointly run by the new Veterans' Minister Johnny Mercer and Paymaster General Oliver Dowden, who attends Cabinet.

Leo said: "Thank you, firstly, to the Aldershot News & Mail for featuring my petition backing The Sun’s Veterans’ Pledge, and to all those from across Aldershot, Farnborough, Blackwater and Hawley who signed my petition.  

I’m incredibly pleased, just days into his new role, that Prime Minister Boris Johnson has responded to our calls for increased support to veterans and now already delivered part one of the pledge - an Office of Veterans' Affairs. I hope that the first two priorities of this new Office will be to ensure parts 2 and 3 of the Veterans' Pledge are honoured as soon as possible."