Political party courts serving and veteran members

Serving members of the regular forces are not permitted to take an active part in the affairs of political parties, but are allowed to join political parties as ordinary members. Now The Guardian newspaper reports that Labour is to offer cut-price membership of the party to all serving and former members of the armed forces "as part of an ambitious plan to rebrand itself as the defender of the military":

 

Jim Murphy, the shadow defence secretary, will tell the party conference that all serving personnel and veterans can join the party for £1. Neither the Tories nor the Liberal Democrats offer this type of concession. ...

Murphy will also announce that the party will establish a 'Labour friends of the forces' group, with patrons including the former secretary general of Nato and ex-defence secretary George Robertson. ...

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