Respect leader denies marine snub during standing ovation


The leader of the Respect Party has defended her decision not to take part in a standing ovation for a Royal Marine who was awarded for his bravery in Afghanistan.

Lance Corporal Matt Croucher was awarded the George Cross during a ceremony in Birmingham for throwing himself onto a grenade in Helmand in 2008.

Salma Yaqoob, who is a Birmingham councillor, was one of only two people who stayed seated. She tells BBC Radio 5 live Breakfast that not standing up did not mean she had no respect for the soldier.

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