Our Gulf War heroes deserve to be honoured

In 1990, Saddam Hussein invaded Kuwait to grab its oil to pay off debts accrued during his terrible eight-year war with Iran, estimated to have caused the deaths of maybe a million people.

You may remember that a plane-load of British citizens was caught up in the invasion and held hostage for many weeks.

The occupation was brutal, and the United Nations came together to liberate Kuwait.

A coalition of 34 countries, including 50,000 British personnel, finally chased Saddam’s forces out of Kuwait in January 1991. It was essential for world peace to stop such a wanton abuse of international law and the rights of Kuwaitis.

One consequence was the Kurdish uprising in Iraq, which enabled them to find freedom. They are now staunch allies in fighting the so-called Islamic State.

Freeing Kuwait cost the lives of 47 British service personnel, yet Operations Desert Storm and Granby have been largely forgotten.

The contribution of our soldiers and sailors should be remembered on the 25th anniversary of the war.

We owe much to all who served there.

I have therefore tabled a House of Commons motion to mark their service.

I am pleased that other Labour MPs and Conservatives, as well as MPs from Northern Ireland and Scotland, have backed the motion.

The motion also supports plans for a memorial in Washington DC.

May our heroes rest in peace.