Jim McGovern meets with Black Watch Association members in Dundee

21 May 2012    

Dundee West MP Jim McGovern has met today with Mr Roland Rose and Mr Willie Barr, senior members of the Black Watch Association.

The government’s recent announcement, and then apparent u-turn, to scrap the historic identity and red hackle of the Black Watch was discussed.

Mr Rose and Mr Barr agreed that Mr McGovern’s efforts, and his support for the Black Watch in regards to the public petition and associated media coverage was greatly welcomed by both current service personnel, Black Watch veterans and the wider public.

Notwithstanding the government’s latest decision to protect the identity of the Black Watch, which would seem to indicate a sudden u-turn, Mr Rose and Mr Barr said they would be delighted if Mr McGovern would continue his campaign in support of the Black Watch.

Concerns remain that as army personnel numbers are cut some historic battalions will be selected for closure, with the remaining battalions keeping their historic identities.

Jim McGovern said;

“I am very grateful to Mr Rose and Mr Barr for coming to my office today. We had a very full discussion, and the prevailing view was that until we have a definitive statement from the government that there will always be a Black Watch our campaign will continue.”

Mr McGovern concluded,

“I am particularly delighted that the Black Watch Association has contacted me personally to indicate their support for my efforts, and both the association and I have committed to communicate and liaise in our future work to protect the Black Watch.”


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