Pendle MP vows to help in Earby war hero’s pay

Pendle MP vows to help in Earby war hero’s pay

CASH ROW L/Cpl Jordan Bancroft

PLEDGE MP Andrew Stephenson

First published in Earby Lancashire Telegraph: Photograph of the Author by , Reporter

AN MP has vowed to write to Defence Secretary Philip Hammond over the Army’s decision to claw back money paid to a soldier following his death in Afghanistan.

Pendle MP Andrew Stephenson said he was ‘shocked’ to hear Tony Bancroft had received a letter from the Ministry of Defence (MoD), saying his son Jordan, 25, had been overpaid.

As the Lancashire Telegraph revealed yesterday, the £433.13 related to the 10-day period following the Lance Corporal’s death in Helmand province on August 21, 2010.

In the letter, the MoD said they would be taking the money from a sum that was owed to Jordan in holiday pay. Earlier this month, Jordan’s family handed over £10,000 to the Duke of Lancaster’s Regiment after more than a year of fundraising in his memory.

Mr Bancroft said the issue was not one of money, but one of respect for his son and the sacrifice he had made.

Speaking yesterday, Mr Stephenson said: “To me this sounds like heartless bureaucrats who are completely devoid of any common sense.

“I will be taking it up by writing to the new defence secretary Philip Hammond today, asking him to look at this case.

“I cannot believe they can be so insensitive considering what Jordan did, giving his life for his country, and the remarkable way his family and friends have behaved raising money.

“I think this is absolutely shocking and I will be taking it up with the powers that be.”

Jordan, from Earby, was shot while protecting a meeting between peacekeeping troops and Afghan elders.

Janet Taylor, secretary of the Nelson branch of the Royal British Legion, said she would be asking for support from members throughout the county to petition the MoD.

She said: “The next meeting of the Lancashire area branch is on December 3.

“I will be asking that the branch request the MOD to reconsider their policy on this issue.

“It’s inconsiderate and insensitive for letters like this to be sent out and this policy should be changed.”

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11:39am Thu 27 Oct 11

Lord Newbold says...

CASH ROW L/Cpl Jordan Bancroft.


I find this activity of our Government, and in particular to Phil Hammond, be a penny-pinching exercise, when they say that Lance Corporal Bancroft, was over paid some £433.13. We think he his life was worth far more than what he was overpaid. Let’s hope politician recognise what this soldier actually gave for this, our beloved Country
CASH ROW L/Cpl Jordan Bancroft. I find this activity of our Government, and in particular to Phil Hammond, be a penny-pinching exercise, when they say that Lance Corporal Bancroft, was over paid some £433.13. We think he his life was worth far more than what he was overpaid. Let’s hope politician recognise what this soldier actually gave for this, our beloved Country Lord Newbold
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1:33pm Fri 28 Oct 11

gudari says...

Lord Newbold wrote:
CASH ROW L/Cpl Jordan Bancroft.


I find this activity of our Government, and in particular to Phil Hammond, be a penny-pinching exercise, when they say that Lance Corporal Bancroft, was over paid some £433.13. We think he his life was worth far more than what he was overpaid. Let’s hope politician recognise what this soldier actually gave for this, our beloved Country
Forget all the beloved country crap! He was a professional soldier who was killed doing his job. He was overpaid and, if I understand correctly, the MOD had every right to ask for the money back, However, there are ways and means to do this and obviously they have chosen the least diplomatic course. Given the present government's attitude, this will not be the last case.
[quote][p][bold]Lord Newbold[/bold] wrote: CASH ROW L/Cpl Jordan Bancroft. I find this activity of our Government, and in particular to Phil Hammond, be a penny-pinching exercise, when they say that Lance Corporal Bancroft, was over paid some £433.13. We think he his life was worth far more than what he was overpaid. Let’s hope politician recognise what this soldier actually gave for this, our beloved Country[/p][/quote]Forget all the beloved country crap! He was a professional soldier who was killed doing his job. He was overpaid and, if I understand correctly, the MOD had every right to ask for the money back, However, there are ways and means to do this and obviously they have chosen the least diplomatic course. Given the present government's attitude, this will not be the last case. gudari
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3:41pm Fri 28 Oct 11

ROBERTSLUMDWELLER123 says...

gudari obviously you have the same sense of diplomacy as this government,,idiot!!!
gudari obviously you have the same sense of diplomacy as this government,,idiot!!! ROBERTSLUMDWELLER123
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4:48pm Fri 28 Oct 11

Lord Newbold says...

ROBERTSLUMDWELLER123
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Sir, you will find some persons who, have this type of attitude. Are the ones whom will no doubt be fleecing the Government, by never having put anything into the system, or are supporters of these terrorist groups, that this brave and courageous young soldier was in conflict with.

If “gudari” is one that is a sympathiser of these terrorist groups, then he or she is no better than the terrorists are.
ROBERTSLUMDWELLER123 . Sir, you will find some persons who, have this type of attitude. Are the ones whom will no doubt be fleecing the Government, by never having put anything into the system, or are supporters of these terrorist groups, that this brave and courageous young soldier was in conflict with. If “gudari” is one that is a sympathiser of these terrorist groups, then he or she is no better than the terrorists are. Lord Newbold
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