Blair deserves a knighthood because he sent my son to war without the necessary armour.


Blair deserves a knighthood because he sent my son to war without the necessary armour.

Last night, the mother of one of the first British soldiers killed in the Iraq War demanded that Tony Blair’s knighthood be revoked.

Marion Chapman, 73, said the former Prime Minister’s knighthood was ‘outrageous,’ given that he sent hundreds of troops to war in 2003 without essential equipment.

Sergeant Steve Roberts, her son, was killed by friendly fire at a checkpoint on March 24, 2003, four days after British troops invaded southern Iraq.

Due to shortages, the 33-year-old tank commander was ordered three days prior to hand over his body armour to another unit.

He was one of 2,000 British soldiers who didn’t have the £167 armoured vests when they went into battle.

Mrs Chapman stated, “Tony Blair should never have been knighted.”

‘What makes you think he should?’

‘He sent all those young men to war without their weapons.’

Due to a lack of supplies, I lost Steve.

‘He ought to have it taken away from him.’

I simply believe he is arrogant.’

Her remarks came as more than a million people signed a petition calling for the knighthood to be revoked.

Senior officers told Sir John Chilcot’s Iraq War inquiry that the government’s haste to war meant the military ‘didn’t have enough time’ to source all the necessary equipment.

Sgt Roberts, who was born in Cornwall and lived in Shipley, West Yorkshire, was accidentally killed by a comrade near Zubayr.

Samantha, his widow, along with his brother, Tristan Tancock, and Mrs Chapman, launched a campaign after his death to ensure that all service personnel were provided with life-saving equipment.

They won a victory in December 2004, when then-Defense Secretary Geoff Hoon promised that their goal would be met in two years.

Despite the fact that their campaign saved the lives of countless British soldiers, they have never been formally recognized, unlike Sir Tony.

‘Taking on the government was a huge challenge,’ Mrs Chapman admitted.

‘For Steve, we fought.’

We went through hell and back, but Steve’s legacy is that those boys are all equipped with body armor as standard.

We may have saved the lives of many other people’s sons.’

Mrs Chapman moved to Spain after her son was killed, but she plans to return to the UK next year to commemorate his 20th anniversary.

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