Karen Allen

I fought South Shields at the May 2010 General Election for the Conservatives, gaining a 6.4% swing which was a 4% vote increase. The Conservatives polled 7,886 up from 5,207 in 2005. I was born in the North East and grew up in South Shields. I currently live in London and am employed as a Director at Lloyd's Broker Howden International.

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Thoughts and Prayers with our Armed Forces

As I was braving the ice and snow this morning I thought, just ahead of Christmas, about our soldiers who are serving in much harsher conditions in Afghanistan. There are many families in South Shields who will be without their loved ones this Christmas and Christmas will be really tough for these families. As David Cameron said this week, every single soldier and all their families should know that the whole country is right behind them and incredibly grateful for the work that they do.

As President Obama announced a big increase in American troops for Afghanistan last month, if you add in the extra soldiers Britain is sending over, we now have the best chance to ensure that our counter-insurgency campaign is successful, deliver a safer country to the Afghan authorities, and then bring our brave troops back home.

But in before that happens, thoughts, prayers and gratitude to our troops in Afghanistan. Merry Christmas.

1 Comments:

Blogger Karen Allen said...

Just read in the Gazette the front page story about Elsie Manning. Her daughter was the first woman soldier to be killed in Iraq (in November 2006). Apparently when she met Des Browne and asked him some questions, he told her "Well I don't know anything until I'm told." She says the MOD have offered her no support and David Milband has 'never once knocked' on her door. It's really very shameful.

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