Madeleine Moon

Labour Candidate for Bridgend

MP welcomes coroner's report into death of Cpl Anne Marie Ellement and calls for urgent reforms

I welcome the finding of the inquiry into the death of Cpl Anne–Marie Ellement and commend the Coroner’s report. The evidence taken during the inquest graphically demonstrated how little progress has been made since Deepcut in tackling bullying and the failure of the military justice system at so many levels.

A Press Release From the Office of Madeleine Moon MP

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House of Commons

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T: 0207 219 0814

MP welcomes coroner's report into death of Cpl Anne Marie Ellement and calls for urgent reforms

I welcome the finding of the inquiry into the death of Cpl Anne–Marie Ellement and commend the Coroner’s report. The evidence taken during the inquest graphically demonstrated how little progress has been made since Deepcut in tackling bullying and the failure of the military justice system at so many levels.

The systematic bullying throughout the Chain of Command at Bulford paints an unedifying picture the British armed forces around the world.  It also demonstrates a failure to  Implement and embed the recommendation of the Defence Select Committee report into Deepcut to tackle bullying.

With a 2% rise in bulling reported across the armed forces (4% in the army) in the 2013 Continuous Attitude Survey it is time for the MOD to accept that it has a serious problem and to take action to drive out institutionalised acceptance of bullying. A separate complaints system must be developed so that those experiencing bullying can report it outside of the Chain of Command with confidence that doing so will have no impact on their military record.

The Military Police have responsibility for a wide variety of crime, security and anti terrorism activity. It is time for civilian police specialist rape teams to work alongside the military police when investigating sexual offences so that the victim is protected and supported through the process.

Clearly established procedures for the ongoing support and care of victims of sexual crimes must be implemented and their identity protected. Any bullying of those who have reported a sexual offence must be investigated and stopped.

The office of an Armed Forces Ombudsman with investigative powers independent of the chain of command must  be created. There needs to be a re-examination of the offences which may be are subject to a summery hearing so that only discipline issues are dealt with by the Chain of Command.

It is a matter of great shame that in today’s British military a female soldier’s reputation rests on rumours of their sexual activity, where a person is attacked by those they work alongside of if they report an offence or if they do not report it.

It's time for the British military to join the 21st century and send out a clear message that sexual offences and bullying have no place in our armed forces and will be driven out.

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For more information contact:

House of Commons

London

SW1A 0AA

T: 0207 219 0814

moonm[@]parliament.uk 

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