Cameron Pays Tribute To Channing Day

David Cameron has paid tribute to the Northern Irish soldier who was killed while on duty in Afghanistan last week.

Cpl Channing Day, 27 from Comber, County Down, was an army medic. She was killed along with Cpl David O’Connor, 27, of 40 Commando during a gun battle.

The PM told the House of Commons the country owed "them and all others who have lost their lives a deep debt of gratitude".

"Their courage, their dedication and their sheer professionalism will never be forgotten by our nation and our sincere condolences are with their colleagues, their friends and their families," he said.

The soldiers were killed while on duty in the Helmand province. Initial reports suggested they were the victims of 'friendly fire', but a review has discounted that version of events. The MoD are still investigating.

Cpl Day joined the Army in 2005 and was deployed to Afghanistan on 2 October.

She is the third woman from the UK to have died while serving in Afghanistan since 2001.

Mr Cameron said: "The community in Comber and across Northern Ireland are immensely proud of the service she gave.

"Parliament and the whole of the United Kingdom salute her courage, her bravery and her heroism."

Unionist calls for a military covenant to be set up in Northern Ireland have been acknowledged by David Cameron.

This is a pledge by Westminster to provide support for the armed forces and their families in recognition of their role.

But cross party relations in Northern Ireland would make the concept a difficult one to implement.


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