Clause 8 — Desertion

Part of Orders of the Day – in the House of Commons at 3:45 pm on 22nd May 2006.

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Photo of John Martin McDonnell John Martin McDonnell Labour, Hayes and Harlington 3:45 pm, 22nd May 2006

Individual members of a voluntary, professional military service have the right as citizens to exercise their judgment in the same way as we do. They should not face the sanction of life imprisonment—that is what the Bill proposes—for exercising that judgment.