Veteran welcomes court’s decision

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A FORMER March soldier has welcomed a court ruling allowing veterans of nuclear weapons tests to seek compensation.

Robert Harvey, of Nene Parade, is a member of the British Nuclear Test Veterans’ Association (BNTVA), which has been fighting a lengthy legal case against the government.

He is among hundreds of veterans and families who are trying to get compensation from the government, for health problems they claim were caused by nuclear testing in the 1950s.

Mr Harvey, who is in his seventies, witnessed both the ‘Grapple Y’ and Grapple Z’ weapon tests carried out in the Pacific and were many times more powerful than those dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

He claims his experiences led him to develop problems including cataracts at a very young age.

On Thursday, judges at the Supreme Court - the UK’s highest court - gave veterans permission to further argue their right to seek damages.

Veterans are expected to ask the Supreme Court to give them the go-ahead to launch damages claims at a hearing in November. If they succeed, damages actions are then likely to be launched in the High Court.

Mr Harvey welcomed this latest legal success and said it was great news for all veterans and their families - but cautioned there was still some way to go.