A specialist military lawyer has attacked MPs’ rejection of peers’ longstop amendment to the Overseas Operations Bill.

The Commons voted against the amendment by the House of Lords to exclude service veterans from the six-year limitation on civil actions against the Ministry of Defence (MoD) in the bill.

Hilary Meredith, chair of Hilary Meredith solicitors said the longstop gives the MoD “power to manipulate the claims process and deny British troops justice in valid civil claims”.

“It is deeply flawed”, she added, “and will significantly disadvantage those who have served abroad. It is totally unacceptable for the government to deny those who put their lives on the line for our...

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