MP hopes war memorial can move to Wootton Bassett

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A Wiltshire MP has called for a war memorial currently in Afghanistan to be moved to Wootton Bassett when the base closes.

James Gray said moving the memorial from Camp Bastion would honour the town whose residents turn out to pay their respects to fallen service personnel.

The Conservative MP for North Wilshire asked if the prime minister would consider its future repositioning.

Mr Gray said he believed it should be relocated to the town's High Street.

"Week-by-week my constituents lead the nation in paying their respects to our fallen heroes," he said.

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The people of Wootton Bassett are, in my view, right up there among the heroes.”

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"When that happy day comes and our soldiers are finally brought back from Afghanistan will the prime minister consider repositioning the very fine war memorial from Camp Bastion into the High Street in commemoration of the way they carry out their service?"

Responding to the question, Prime Minister David Cameron paid tribute to the people of Wootton Bassett, who line the High Street as soldiers' bodies are driven through the town.

He said: The whole country has seen the incredible devotion of people in Wootton Bassett, who, come rain or shine, are always out on the streets watching as that very sad procession goes by.

"I think it has stirred people in this country to see that, when it comes to this conflict, whatever we think of it, we all want to support our troops and their families.

"We all want to do what we can to recognise that. It is not just a government thing, it is about the whole of our society wanting to recognise what these people do on our behalf.

"The people of Wootton Bassett are, in my view, right up there among the heroes," he added.

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