Sunday Mirror

BROWN: WE OWE NUKE VETS A DEBT OF HONOUR

- By SUSIE BONIFACE

GORDON Brown says Britain owes a debt of honour to nuclear test veterans – if it is proved they were injured by radiation.

The PM has met supporters of the veterans for the first time – and told them any serviceman harmed by the tests should be looked after by their country. “ If it is found that serving at the nuclear tests caused harm then, of course, Britain owes them a debt of honour,” he said.

His historic move comes as the Canadian government announced it would compensate its veterans by at least £ 10,000 each. Britain is the only country with injured veterans that refuses to pay out.

Our victims have been told the range of deadly cancers and rare medical conditions they suffer are “ coincidenc­e”.

Mr Brown met Tory MP John Baron and Labour MP Dr Ian Gibson after a cross- party inquiry called for action. The PM is now arranging a meeting between the MPs and Defence Secretary Des Browne to discuss paying for a £ 450,000 scientific study into whether the veterans suffered genetic damage as a result of the

tests.

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