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In our second analysis of the Armed Forces Parliamentary Scheme we uncover how MPs dined with generals and arms company representatives.

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Should the armed forces encourage young people to interact with weapons and military vehicles?  We explore why this is happening and how can it be challenged?

Yesterday we highlighted how MPs graduating from the Armed Forces Parliamentary Scheme dined with reps from some of the world's largest arms firms.

These firms also fund the Scheme and sit on it's Board of Trustees on a rotating basis.

Read more👉https://tinyurl.com/dt27zyf5

We're seeing Tweets on the @BritishArmy doing mock interviews for Year 6 students at schools. There was also a new recruitment ad out this month.

If you know someone considering a military career please ensure they know the risks.

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