Dartford MP continues fight to ban people wearing medals they haven’t been awarded
PUBLISHED: 14:48 21 November 2016 | UPDATED: 14:48 21 November 2016
Gareth Johnson’s ‘stolen valour’ bill has been published ahead of its second reading
A fight against so-called ‘Walter Mitty’ types posing as heroes will be heard again in Parliament this week.
Dartford MP Gareth Johnson has led the fight to create a law banning people who haven’t earned medals from wearing them.
“It can be deeply offensive for people to claim they are heroic and have been awarded military medals when they have not” explained the Tory MP.
The ‘stolen valour’ bill has been published today, ahead of its second reading in the House of Commons on Friday.
Should the law go through, anyone posing as the recipient of a medal could be arrested and prosecuted.
The bill would not prevent families wearing medals in honour of loved ones.