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Eastbourne & Willingdon Lib Dems

Lloyd requests public apology from MoD over the death of Lance Corporal Michael Pritchard

March 18, 2014 4:41 PM

In 2009, former Eastbourne resident Lance Corporal Michael Pritchard was killed by a friendly fire incident in Afghanistan. Last weekend, Lance Corporal Pritchard's former commanding officer, Major Richard Streatfeild, has published a book criticising the equipment provided by the Ministry of Defence (MoD) to front line troops, prompting renewed calls for an apology from the Ministry by Stephen Lloyd MP.

Major Streatfeild is a decorated soldier who has just published a book on his time in the Army in which he criticises the equipment provided to British frontline troops. He alleges that there was a shortfall of radios, a lack of training with new equipment, and no technology that would allow commanders to identify their troops - technology that is apparently widely used in other NATO forces.

Stephen said: "The failures in this case were those of materiel and supply, not of individuals on the front line who were doing the best with what they were provided. Fault therefore lies not with the soldiers but with the MoD's then inability to prepare our troops properly for the conditions they were to fight in. I will therefore be requesting that the MoD give a public apology to Lance Corporal Pritchard's family now his former commanding officer has been so specific with his concerns. Additionally, I will be seeking assurances from the MoD that the equipment shortfalls identified by the Major have been addressed by this Coalition Government. These basic items could have saved the life of Lance Corporal Pritchard, and must be implemented to save the lives of our brave soldiers in the future."

"Finally, I would like to emphasise that my thoughts and prayers are with Lance Corporal Pritchard's family, and I sincerely hope that the Major's revelations will lead to something positive coming from this whole tragic ordeal."