Minister accused of backtracking on military rape trials pledge

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Women accuse Johnny Mercer of backtracking on promise made to campaigners in parliamentary debate

Three women who were victims of rape or sexual assault while serving in the military have accused the veterans minister, Johnny Mercer, of backtracking on promises made to them in a parliamentary debate.

They fear Mercer has jeopardised their hopes of securing a change in the law to stop military courts ruling on rape cases in remarks he made during the second reading of the armed forces bill last week.

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