Politics

Oliver Dowden Selected For Newly-Created Office for Veterans’ Affairs

Prime Minister Boris Johnson has opened the position to offer 'lifelong support for military personnel'.

Oliver Dowden will work alongside Johnny Mercer in a joint-effort to support ex-military personnel (Picture: UK Parliament).

The creation of the Office for Veterans’ Affairs has seen Oliver Dowden, MP for Hertsmere since 2015, selected for a new position.

As part of a large defence shake-up in UK politics, Mr Dowden will represent veterans at the Cabinet table, working alongside Ministry of Defence (MOD) and Cabinet Office Minister Johnny Mercer to form a more holistic approach to veterans' affairs.

Mr Dowden has previously supported the use of UK military forces in combat operations overseas, voting in 2015 in favour of UK airstrikes against the so-called Islamic State in Syria.

He has also consistently voted for replacing Trident with a new nuclear weapons system.

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Oliver Dowden has become the latest defence appointment under the Boris Johnson Government (Picture UK Parliament).

The Government hopes its new joined-up system between the Cabinet and the MOD will act as a hub for mental and physical health, education and employment for veterans.

Mr Johnson announced the opening of the Office, describing the veteran community as the 'pinnacle of British character':

“It is absolutely right that the government should do all it can to support our armed forces from the day they enlist and for the rest of their lives.

"They have so much to offer our workplaces and wider society and it would be a dereliction of duty not to harness that potential."

After the announcement of his new role, Mr Dowden said: "Our veterans have made extraordinary sacrifices for this country and it's only right that we repay their commitment with the right support and care when they leave service."

"I'm honoured to take on this role as a champion for veterans across government and will be a voice for their interests at the Cabinet table."

A progress report on the work of the Office for Veterans’ Affairs will be delivered to the Prime Minister by the end of September.

In addition to his new role, Mr Dowden will jointly chair the Ministerial Covenant and Veterans Board with new Defence Secretary, Ben Wallace.

Voting records details from TheyWorkForYou.com.