Jim Davidson calls for 'dedicated veterans minister' to give more support to UK troops

Mr Davidson said he was full of admiration for veterans, describing them as "stars"

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Jim Davidson has called for a “dedicated veterans minister” as he calls on more support for UK troops.

Mr Davidson, who is a keen advocate for British troops, has previously performed for veterans.

And on the 40th anniversary of the liberation of the Falkland Islands, the comedian said he was full of admiration for army veterans, describing them as “stars”.

Jim Davidson and Denzil Connick
Jim Davidson and Denzil Connick
Boris Johnson meets veterans before a service to mark the 40th anniversary of the liberation of the Falkland Islands
Boris Johnson meets veterans before a service to mark the 40th anniversary of the liberation of the Falkland Islands

Speaking on GB News’ Dan Wootton Tonight during a discussion with Patrick Christys and veteran Denzil Connick, Mr Davidson said: “Well you’ve just got to look at the bloke next to me, Denzel, he’s a star, he’s a hero.

“Every person I know in show business are not fit to tie his boot laces, or actually his boot lace to be precise.

“Someone said to me ages ago stick with the winners and I was lucky enough to be invited to entertain the troops a long, long while ago and I just find them all stars.”

He continued: “A lot more could be done, we have improved veteran welfare quite a bit.

“The guys coming back now suffering from various illnesses, people talking about PTSD but you have to be careful with those letters because sometimes it cloaks more serious mental illness than trauma.

“There should be a dedicated veteran minister, there needs to be a really serious go and someone say this is how we’re going to do it.

“Not all the charities fighting with one another.”