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MP Helen Grant to lead debate on Invicta Park barracks closure

Tuesday 21st February 2017

MP HELEN Grant leads a parliamentary debate today as part of her campaign to save Invicta Park barracks from closure.

Mrs Grant's application for the cross-party discussion was supported by ten other MPs comprising of six Conservative, three Labour and two SNP members.

They represent constituencies across the country from Inverness, Nairn, Badenoch and Strathspey in Scotland to Brecon and Radnorshire in the Wales - all affected by closures announced by the Ministry of Defence late last year.

Invicta park is currently home to the highly-respected Gurkha engineers.

Daily Downs Mail revealed recently that the MoD could trigger closure within two years, rather than 2027 as announced.

The debate will take place in the House of Commons and will last 90 minutes.

AMrs Grant said: "I will be making the case that the decision to close Invicta Park Barracks is unfair, particularly on members of the Queen’s Gurkha Engineers and their families, for whom Maidstone has become their permanent and settled home.

"As a result, the Government may be in breach of its own armed forces covenant, which dictates that armed forces personnel and their families must be treated fairly."