Armed Forces Parliamentary Scheme members Newark MP Robert Jenrick, Bassetlaw MP John Mann, Cannock Chase MP Amanda Milling, Portsmouth South MP Stephen Morgan, Chesterfield MP Toby Perkins and North Antrim Ian Paisley recently joined the British Army Training Unit Kenya (BATUK) to experience their Field Training and Community Engagement Programme.
To get the full BATUK experience, the politicians spent nights in field at Archers Post.
— Robert Jenrick MP (@RobertJenrick) November 11, 2017
The Armed Forces Parliamentary Scheme (AFPS) is a privately run programme to give Members of Parliament and peers in the United Kingdom and members of devolved assemblies, Tynwald and British MEPs experience of the armed forces. Its aim is to improve the quality of debate on military issues, which it does this by exposing members to first-hand experience of the service.
It was founded in 1989 by Sir Neil Thorne, a former Conservative MP, for the benefit of members of both houses of Parliament and those of all parties, and is sponsored by three defence companies; BAE Systems, Rolls-Royce, and AgustaWestland, which each contribute £45,000 a year.