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Nuclear vets film set for Parliament show

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: June 16, 2014

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A FILM which shows the horrors suffered by nuclear test veterans is set to be screened at the Houses of Parliament.

The video forms part of a renewed effort by hundreds of servicemen, including ex-RAF man Archie Ross (pictured), of Oak Close, Castle Gresley, to try to finally get recognition from the British government for what they went through.

This comes only months after Prime Minister David Cameron revealed that he would ask ‘further questions’ within Government to see what more can be done to help thousands left afflicted due to atomic tests in the 1950s and 60s.

So far 70 veterans have signed up for the viewing and invitations are being sent to their MPs to also be present.

The DVD is part of a project to raise awareness of what the veterans went through during their time on Christmas Island.

The film, which has been made by Charles Stewart, also features footage from the wives and children of the veterans talking about how the effects of the nuclear tests have blighted their own lives.

The video will be shown to MPs on Wednesday, June 25.

In 2006, 1,000 veterans attempted to sue the Ministry of Defence (MoD). Nine of these took their cases to the Supreme Court last year but lost their bid for damages.

The MoD argued that too much time had passed since the tests for the case to be allowed to go to court.

A succession of Governments, both Tory and Labour, have denied there was anything wrong with the procedures.

The MoD has always acknowledged a ‘debt of gratitude’ to the veterans.

Mr Ross said: “We are not going to let go until someone pays for what has happened.”

The film is also set to head out on tour across the UK.

Anyone who would like to support the move should email media@bntva.com

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