December 21, 2012 12:45 PM

Jenny Willott, MP for Cardiff Central, has welcomed the Prime Minister's announcement that veterans of the Arctic convoys in the Second World War will be awarded medals, highlighting local veteran, Ivor Beaven, 89, of Llanrumney, as one of those who should receive the honour.

The Arctic convoys ensured supplies would get through German blockades to the Soviet Union, making what was described as the "worst journey in the world" by former Prime Minister Winston Churchill. More than 3,000 seamen died in Operation Dervish, with only an estimated 400 veterans still alive.

Commenting today, Jenny Willott MP said:

"I have been campaigning for the Foreign and Commonwealth to reconsider their frankly ludicrous decision to deny veterans of the Artic convoys a medal on the grounds that the service had not taken place in the last five years and there are already medals from Britain for service at sea.

"Many other countries whose citizens also took part in the convoys have already agreed to accept the honour for their service personnel and I am delighted that we are finally doing the same.

"None of us can imagine the horror and terror these men must have endured on this appalling journey, but it is right that we should offer some small mark of the gratitude and admiration we feel for those who have given such extraordinary service to their country."

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