News story: MPs pay respect at Guards Chapel service

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  1. More than 20 MPs attended the service in the Guards Chapel, at London’s Wellington Barracks, which was organised by Minister for the Armed Forces Penny Mordaunt.

    Speaking at the event this morning the Minister, who also serves as a Royal Navy Reservist, said:


    I’m pleased that fellow MPs joined us today, as I don’t think it is well known that about 10% of the house are >veterans, which is roughly the same as the rest of the population.

    We have members with tremendously deep knowledge about history, about our Armed Forces and about international affairs.

    The service was carried out by Reverend Dowell Conning, the Senior Chaplain to the Household Division, and included the traditional two-minute silence, The Last Post, and hymns Jerusalem and I Vow to Thee My Country.

    A wreath was laid on behalf of those in attendance.

    Keith Simpson, MP for Broadland, spoke during the service about MPs in the World Wars, and explained that 19 Members of Parliament were killed during the First World War and 21 in the 1939-1945 conflict.

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