18th August 2017 - Evening Standard
Defence Secretary Sir Michael Fallon has apologised personally to the mother of a British soldier killed by a roadside bomb in Iraq in July 2005 while riding in a lightly armoured Snatch Land Rover.
A 12-year legal battle by his mother Sue Smith has resulted in a formal apology from Sir Michael, who said bringing alternative protected vehicles into service “could have saved lives”, according to the BBC.
Ms Smith said the apology from the Defence Secretary was “bittersweet”, adding: “I’d like it to be that his death made a difference. He’s not just a casualty of Iraq.”
The family’s lawyer, Jocelyn Cockburn, said today the “strong apology” was the end of a long journey but warned against Conservative plans to stop similar cases being brought through the courts.