MP calls for early implementation of military changes after soldier's death

Josh Hoole Credit: Josh Hoole

MPs' recommendations to improve accountability over military training should be introduced early following the death of a soldier in the Brecon Beacons, an MP has insisted.

Josh Hoole, from Ecclefechan near Lockerbie in Scotland, died in Wales during a training exercise on Tuesday, the hottest day of the year so far.

Josh Hoole Credit: Josh Hoole

His death came just weeks after the Defence Select Committee published a report into fatalities in military training which found the Ministry of Defence (MoD) has not always got the correct balance between adequate training and reducing the risk of death.

It also found that previous deaths could have been avoided if the risk assessment process had been followed correctly.

Jim Shannon, a member of the Defence Select Committee, called on the Government to speed up the implementation of the committee's recommendations.

Commons Leader David Lidington Credit: PA

Addressing Commons Leader David Lidington during the weekly business statement, he said:

Mr Lidington replied:

Paying tribute to Mr Hoole, Mr Shannon told the Commons: