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Armed Forces gong handed down to MP

Tuesday 23rd July 2013 (Andrew Griffiths)
Armed Forces gong handed down to MP

BURTON’S MP has received an award for his services promoting the work of the armed forces.

Andrew Griffiths beamed with delight after being handed the gong for his work by the Burton branch of the Staffordshire Regimental Association.

The town MP described that he was ‘shocked’ to receive such an honour.

He told the Mail: ““I was not expecting to receive the award, so it can as a shock and also a great honour.

“The members of the Burton branch have served their country with distinction, and I am proud to support them and to help keep the name of the Staffordshire Regiment alive.

“The award is getting pride of place in my office in House of Commons, where I shall show it off to everyone who comes to visit.”

The award was handed over in recognition of Mr Griffith’s support for the branch and his work in helping the armed forces.

He was handed the engraved award at the branch annual family barbecue, which was held in the garden of the Beacon Pub, in Tutbury Road.

The event was also attended by the Mayor of East Staffordshire, Michael Rogers.

Mick Teasel, secretary of the branch made the award and said: “Andrew has always been a strong supporter of the Burton branch of the Staffordshire Regiment, and always attends and supports our events.

“This award is recognition of that, and all the work he does standing up for our armed forces.”

The MP has fought several battles to support Staffordshire’s armed forces.

He was part of a group of MPs who was fighting for the identity of the former Staffordshire regiment not be lost.

Mr Griffiths signed a strongly worded letter to David Cameron after the Government revealed that the 3rd Battalion Mercian Regiment would cease to exist by 2020.

He said: “While it seems little can be done to save the regiment, which in itself is very sad, we must do whatever we can to fight to keep the name for everyone involved with 3rd Mercian.”

More recently he has begun a battle to try and secure the future of army cadets in the town after it was announced that Coltman House, in Hawkins Lane, which homes a territorial army regiment, had been deemed surplus to requirements.

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