Potential prime minister Boris Johnson has pledged to end “unfair” prosecutions of Army veterans who served in Northern Ireland.
The Tory leadership contender has joined rival Jeremy Hunt in backing a public campaign supporting soldiers who served during the Troubles.
Many Conservative MPs have called for such a move in the past.
The government is working on legislation to deal with the legacy of Northern Ireland’s Troubles.
Mr Johnson also reportedly promised on Thursday to appoint a veterans minister if he is chosen to lead the Conservative Party.
“We need to end unfair trials of people who served their Queen and country when no new evidence has been produced and when the accusations have already