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MP pushes for overseas territories to be remembered

The Queen lays a wreath at the Cenotaph
Her Majesty the Queen lays a wreath for all those who fought for the nation

A UK MP is making efforts to ensure crown dependencies and overseas territories are represented at the Cenotaph each Remembrance Sunday.

The move calls for people from those areas who have served in the forces to be acknowledged in the service.

Andrew Rosindell said they should be recognised in exactly the same way as those they fought alongside.

The UK Ministry of Justice said it would give proper consideration to any representations made.

Each year the Queen lays a wreath at the Cenotaph on behalf of the whole nation.

We are not currently aware of any representations being made on this subject by the crown dependencies' governments
UK Ministry of Justice

Mr Rosindell, vice-chairman of the British Channel Islands All-Parliamentary Group, said: " The Cenotaph is the main event to commemorate Remembrance Sunday.

"I think it's wrong overseas territories and crown dependencies are not recognised and given the same opportunity as other countries in the Commonwealth by laying their own wreath to commemorate those who gave the ultimate sacrifice in two world wars and many conflicts since."

The crown dependencies include Guernsey, Jersey and the Isle of Man and the overseas territories include the Cayman Islands, Bermuda and the British Virgin Islands.

The UK Ministry of Justice said in a statement: "The Government takes seriously its constitutional responsibilities for the crown dependencies.

"We work closely with the crown dependencies and we, of course, give proper consideration to any representations they make.

"We are not currently aware of any representations being made on this subject by the crown dependencies' governments."



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