Stop Press ... THE FIGHT GOES ON and ON
Please join this march and show your support for the campaign to see Cpl Stewart McLaughlin recognised for his incredible gallantry and leadership during the battle for Mount Longdon during the Falklands in 1982.
Posted by Grant Grinham Facebook >>>https://www.facebook.com/grant.grinham.1
Where :- Whitehall Place, London ... Map it
Date / Time :- Friday, 16 June 2017 at 11:00–14:30
From Steve Garside ... 23rd October 2016
Still we have people asking what this petition is all about. That's fine' as people should know why we are asking for their help....!
I hope this will answer all of their questions, and have them add their names to this petition, for a man who died along with others who were fighting for this government, who now look to have washed their hands of this posthumous MEDAL. It is up to us' to get their hands back into play, and to have them start signing some paper work that will have this MEDAL on it's way to this mans family.....!!! Please Sign here
From Facebook >>> Rich Greasley
NEARLY 35 YEARS AS BEEN AND GONE
BUT STILL OUR HERO AS NO GONG
HOW CAN A GOVERNMENT BE SO WRONG
UNLIKE OUR WARRIOR WHO WAS BRAVE AND STRONG
SO THE TIME AS COME, TO PUT THE WRONG TO RIGHT
OR RELY ON THE PARA'S, THEY LOVE A FIGHT
WE WILL MARCH THE STREETS, PROUD AS PUNCH,
THAT'S WHAT WE DO, THE AIRBORNE BUNCH
COME JULY, WE'LL BE ON OUR FEET
BUT MARK MY WORDS, WE WONT BE BEAT.
2nd November 2015 via Facebook
Be warned - this is a cup of tea and a refill length post!
As always, John Ross has put in to words the mixed emotions felt by many of us at the continuing disappointments and frustrations that have been delivered upon this campaign with the latest refusal to make a retrospective medal award to Cpl Stewart McLaughlin following our march earlier this year. Nevertheless, John also points out the many successes we have all achieved and we should not underestimate these.
This campaign may have not - yet - achieved its ultimate aim of seeing retrospective recognition for Cpl McLaughlin but we have achieved a great deal.
In the last few years, there has not been one single person from the M.o.D or the government that has failed to acknowledge the outstanding courage and bravery displayed by Cpl McLaughlin during the batlle for Mount Longdon. These people include several very senior officers of The Parachute Regiment, the Chief of the General Staff (Army), the previous Chairman of the Operational Honours and Awards Committee, Admiral Williams, and his successor, General Nugent, as well as many ministers of various government departments and, last but not least, the Prime Minister himself.
Whatever we feel about the failure of all this recognition - SO FAR- to achieve our aims, we must not , as John says, lose sight of the fact that, in actual fact, we are no longer fighting for Scouse McLaughlin to be recognised for his incredible actions, as that objective has long since been won. If we never eventually achieve the medal we all seek, I, for one, will feel I have kept the promises I made to see his name and actions given the honour both deserve.
However, we are far from beaten and there is still plenty of fight left in me and the members of this group, so the batlle goes on to get the medal. Our challenge now lies in how to bring our campaign to a wider audience and in so doing increase the pressure we bring to bear. On John's post there are a number of excellent suggestions, some of which were already in action and others that have been immediately investigated.
- A letter template that can be downloaded and used for individuals to send to their MPs, or others, will be put in the group files soon.
- Stewart McLaughlin has today spoken to a documentary team about the possibility of a documentary being made about Cpl McLaughlin. There was very strong interest expressed in doing that, so wait out for further developments.
The 3rd march in London will take place on Friday 1st July 2016. To explain to some why we do not use the date of the battle for Mount Longdon, the July date is chosen as it coincides with Airborne Forces Weekend, which begins on the next day. This means additional expenses for travel and accommodation are kept to a minimum for hundreds of people attending both events.
The online petition is still live and needs to be shared and pushed as much as possible. Steve Garside continues to push this along with a core of others. Please - ALL members of the group push the petition amongst your family, friends and colleagues.This can go worldwide so get it out to everyone wherever they are.
Any more ideas, please just post on the group page. As we've said before,, there is no hierarchy in this group. We are all in it together for a common cause, so feel free to throw ideas in. Where possible, they will be actioned.
Finally, let's all start sharing the news of the march and make sure we make it an even bigger and better affair than last year's fantastic event.
See you in London!
Latest news from Parliament / Newsfeed / Stewart McLaughlin Jnr and the team fighting Cpl McLaughlin corner
20th June 2015
#*#*# TIMINGS #*#*#
Be their from 11.00 please
12.00 form up on Whitehall Place pavement, leaving the road clear
12.20 quick safety talk Tony Dunn. Then John weeks takes over the parade
12.25 on parade
12.30 march off
13.00 party to Downing St
This has been checked and checked, by UKSF, Para Reg RHQ, Airborne Forces RHQ, and agreed the final stone, i'm sure out there, everyone has their own knowledge and stories of friends and Bro's , but lets now get on with Dry cleaning the suit or Blazer, polishing the medals, and reshaping the Beret and turn up and pay your respects to their names on this great day!!!
23rd May 2015
Formally recognise Cpl Stewart McLaughlin with a posthumous gallantry award. Please sign the latest petition
1st April 2015
Timing to be comfirmed sooner to the date ...
28th February 2015
Many of you will have received an email concerning the govevernment e petition. My family and I are extremely disappointed that the email refers to only the government's view of the outcome of the investigation. The view of the family is that we do not, in any way, shape or form, agree with the government. The investigation was not as thorough as promised and did not look at all available evidence. We do know that Cpl McLaughlin WAS treated differently to others as his citation WAS NOT seen by an awards committee, wheras others put forward were seen.
We will be seeking an addendum to the e petition email that allows the family to tell the 10 000 + our side of the story. In our opinion, the government have abused their position by sending their viewpoint to 10 000+ people without alliwing us to do the same.
Please do not think this investigation is over...it is not!! We are pushing strongly for our campaign to have all the correct evidence and documents examined.
I thank you all for the support and we will keep you posted.
24th February 2015
THE FIGHT GOES ON and ON ... THE FIGHT GOES ON and ON ... THE FIGHT GOES ON and ON, The date of the march is: Friday 3rd July 2015.
Following the government's flawed investigation in to the circumstances surrounding my father's citation for gallantry, and their refusal to engage in any meaningful discussion of evidence we have presented to them, my family is determined to continue our campaign and to demonstrate the support we have amongst the members of this group, serving and former members of the Armed Forces and many thousands of civilians who feel that my father's case is exceptional and is deserving of further review by the government.
The members of this group and all other supporters of the campaign are invited to join members of the McLaughlin family on a second march to Downing Street to hand in further documents and evidence of the support we have for this campaign, including names we intend to gather via a second petition.
The date of the march is: Friday 3rd July 2015. Full details of timings and meeting locations will be posted nearer the date, Bob Craft has arrange for the Brentwood Imperial youth band to play on the day of the March
The first march was a huge success, with around 500 people marching on the day and was instrumental in moving the campaign forward. Please help us make this second march an even bigger and more successful event. We hope to see in excess of 1000 people march with us on Friday 3rd July 2015. Please sign up and show your support and make sure you can say "I marched for Scouse McLaughlin".
Stewart McLaughlin Jnr.Facebook link
11th February 2015 This e-petition is now closed with 10,542 signatures
8th February 2015
The fight goes on, and on, and on ... Government refuses medal for Cpl Stewart McLaughlin [ The Fight goes on ] ... read more here
26th January 2015 ... Answered 29th January 2015
Written question by Dan Jarvis MP ...
Lord Astor of Hever, will discuss the results of the investigation with Corporal McLaughlin's family shortly ... please read here
25th January 2015
From Stewart McLaughlin
Following the 10k landmark I have had a lot of messages asking if we have an update. I have been informed that the government are near finishing their enquiries and we should have some news very soon. I understand this is taking a long time but I am more than happy to give them the time they need to make the correct decision.
Thanks again to everyone for the support and positive comments ... Please keep signing the petition
23rd December 2014
Cpl Stewart McLaughlin's son Stewart attended the unveiling at Liverpool Cathedral.
The brick was laid on the People's Path at Liverpool Cathedral earlier.... read more
8th December 2014
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the Answer of 1 December 2014 to Question HL2898, when she expects the re-examining of the case of the late Corporal McLaughlin to be completed.
Re-examination of the case will be concluded by the end of the year and I hope to report our conclusions in early January.
Falkland Islands: Written question - HL2898 ... Asked by Lord Ashcroft on: 18th November 2014
Answered by: Lord Astor of Hever on: 1st December 2014
24th November 2014
Dan Jarvis MP has just asked Anna Soubry MP in The House of Commons to confirm that there will be an investigation. She confirmed that and stated about Stewart McLaughlin, "what he did on the Falkland Islands was remarkable"
A adjournment debate has been granted to debate Formal recognition for Corporal Stewart McLaughlin in Westminster Hall, Parliament (Westminster Palace) next Tuesday 18th November at 11am ... Be there from 9.30am please
I appreciate it is short notice but supporters are welcome to attend.
The debate has been granted to Angela Eagle but Dan Jarvis will also direct questions too.
Both MPs have lobbied hard for a long time now and have done fantastically well to get this debate. Let's hope that it helps the campaign get the wider support it needs and gets more MPs on board.
Dan Jarvis's background was an officer of 3 PARA
Published 23rd November 2014
Anna Soubry, the Government Minister for Defence Personnel, Welfare and Veterans, has told this newspaper (Mail on Sunday) that the Ministry of Defence will make ‘rigorous and extensive enquiries into his case on behalf of his family’.