LGBT review announcement could come next week, says minister

In January, the government announced a review into the impact of the pre-2000 ban on gay personnel in the Armed Forces.

A minister has said that the government could announce who will lead an investigation into historic abuses of LGBT people in the military as early as next week.

At Defence Questions on Monday, Conservative MP James Gray said he was "horrified" to hear LGBT members of the Armed Forces were court marshalled and lost their pensions, adding: "To this day, gay servicemen from that time still have no pension and are treated with contempt by the armed services. I think that is absolutely disgraceful."

Defence minister Leo Docherty said: "I am pleased to say that there is a highly credible and eminent individual who will chair this review. My hope and expectation is that we will make the formal announcement next week to coincide with Armed Forces Week."

Shadow defence minister Luke Pollard said thousands had been "hounded out of service", adding: "Does he agree with me that until all restrictions are lifted on these personnel and pension issues resolved the MoD will remain in breach of the military covenant?"

Mr Docherty promised the review would be "very broad", adding: "The Government will listen with compassion and sincerity to the recommendations of the independent reviewer, and we hope this will provide a path towards delivering justice."

Cover: MOD Main Building in London illuminated in rainbow colours to make pride season in 2020 (picture: MOD).