Uncommon Soldiers: War, Peace and a Just Society
Clive Lewis MP, Harry Leslie Smith, Asim Hafiz
Date: Tuesday 7th July
Venue: Houses of Parliament, Committee Room 10.
Access via the Cromwell Gate Entrance
Time: Doors open 6.30pm for a 7.00pm start.
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Serving in the British Army carries with it images of the highest patriotism. A soldier is willing to fight for his country and, on the frontline, even pay the ultimate sacrifice.
Whilst the Armed Forces are most often associated with the ‘Establishment’, the right wing, the Conservative party and even colonialism and empire – there are soldiers who come from backgrounds which are utterly opposed to these connotations. Is there a contradiction with, say, a left-wing activist or a person of colour serving on the frontline?
This panel brings together a group of ‘Uncommon Soldiers’ – a Labour MP, an anti-war and austerity activist and a Muslim Imam – who have served on the front line for Britain. Each will share his reflections on his time on the frontline, and how it has informed his sense of a more just society.
Clive Lewis MP is the Member of Parliament for Norwich South. Before his parliamentary career, he worked as a BBC Journalist and served in army in Afghanistan.
Harry Leslie Smith is a British writer and political commentator. He is a survivor of the Great Depression, a second world war RAF veteran, and is an activist for the poor and for the preservation of social democracy.
Asim Hafiz is an Imam and religious advisor to the Chief of the Defence Staff and service Chiefs. He has been awarded an OBE for his services to defence and support of operations in Afghanistan.
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Committee Room 10 is accessed via the Cromwell Gate, which has step free access. Please contact us if you have any specific accessibility concerns.