Nuclear test veterans finally get the recognition they deserve
A new medal has finally been awarded to recognize the thousands of veterans who worked on Britain's nuclear testing programme on the 70th anniversary of the UK’s first atomic test.
After years of campaigning, I am delighted that this is happening so that these heroes get the recognition they deserve. My colleague Jonny Mercer, as Veterans Minister, has been leading the campaign on this for many years.
Nuclear weapons shaped the 20th century and even today, the UK is one of only nine countries possessing nuclear weapons. Our nuclear deterrent is central to Britain’s defence and means that we can stand up to nuclear blackmail and help protect our NATO allies.
Many of the men who took part in the tests were national servicemen like my own grandfather. While he wasn’t part of the nuclear test programme many who served alongside him were.
Without the dedication, sacrifice and determination of thousands of veterans and civilians who propelled the UK nuclear test programme our country would be all the poorer. So, this award, although long overdue, is a huge step in the right direction to mark our immense gratitude.
Find out more here: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/nuclear-test-veterans-to-receive-med…