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MP backing dad’s inquiry campaign

A SOLIHULL dad’s petition - calling for an inquiry into the service wills of people serving in the armed forces - has received the backing of MP Lorely Burt.

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A SOLIHULL dad’s petition - calling for an inquiry into the service wills of people serving in the armed forces - has received the backing of MP Lorely Burt.

Jeff Goodridge has started up the petition, on the Prime Minister’s website, following the experience of his daughter Gemma Polino.

Gemma’s fiance Corporal Robert Deering, was killed by an explosive device in Afghanistan last year.

She has claimed that before Robert went out to the Middle East, he made a service will - which would have provided for her.

But the Ministry of Defence (MOD) has found no record of the document and an older will has been acted upon.

Now Gemma faces losing the Sheldon home that the couple moved into last year.

Mrs Burt said there had been a number of similar cases - including one when a service will turned up six weeks after it had gone missing.

Now she has teamed up with Yardley MP, and fellow Lib Dem, John Hemming to contact the MOD.

“This is a truly unacceptable situation for Gemma and other war widows to find themselves in,” she said.

“Government must order a thorough review of the way service wills are made, lodged and tracked so that the last wishes of every serviceman or woman killed in action is honoured.”

The petition is at http://petitions.number10.gov.uk/Servicewills/

 

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