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Prime Minister announces medals for Arctic Convoy heroes

Arctic convoy veteran Commander Eddie Grenfell, 91, from Portsmouth. Photo: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Veterans of the Second World War Arctic Convoys won their long fight for recognition today when David Cameron announced they would get medals.

Mr Cameron told MPs he had accepted the recommendations of a review of military medals carried out by former diplomat Sir John Holmes.

ITV News Royal Editor Tim Ewart reports:

It also means a clasp will be awarded to "heroic" veterans of RAF Bomber Command, the Prime Minister announced at Commons question time.

Sir John has recommended and I fully agree, there will be an Arctic Convoy Star medal," he announced at Commons question time.

I am very pleased that some of the brave men of the Arctic Convoys will get the recognition they so richly deserve for the very dangerous work they did.

On Bomber Command, Sir John concluded that they have been treated inconsistently with those who served in Fighter Command.

He has therefore recommended, and I also agree, that the heroic aircrews should be awarded a Bomber Command Clasp.

– Prime Minister David Cameron