As reported in the Barnsley Chronicle on 9th August, Stephanie has been put through her paces at a British Army training camp as part of her membership in the Armed Forces Parliament Scheme.
Following the commencement of Parliament’s summer recess, the Barnsley East MP spent a few days working alongside the army at the British Forces’ Cyprus base.
The trip was part of the armed forces scheme, which gives parliamentarians the chance to learn more about the armed forces, and see up-close how they operate.
During her trip, Stephanie took part in several weapons training exercises, seeing first-hand how the infantry train with a range of military equipment and weaponry.
Along with British service personnel, the local MP met with UN delegations, to gain a greater understanding of the UK’s role as part of international security efforts.
Stephanie was also tested by the army’s new physical fitness trials, which set the in-service physical standards for those serving in the infantry.
Compared to previous base fitness tests, the new gender-free standards seek to replicate real-world requirements that are likely to be undertaken by service personnel, including casualty extraction from military vehicles.
Aside from the physical rigours of the visit undertaken by the Barnsley MP, she also met Darfield’s Corporal Robert Lee, serving as an engineer with RAF No1 Air Control Centre, British Forces Cyprus.
Commenting, Stephanie said:
“The visit was a fantastic opportunity to see first-hand how our forces operate abroad, and how they maintain the high standards they are known for around the world.
“It was a real bonus to meet my constituent Robert who grew up on the same street that I live on in Darfield – our whole community can be proud of him and others that dedicate their lives to keeping us safe.
“I want to thank the British Army and Corporal Lee for hosting me in Cyprus and allowing me to spend time training alongside them.”
“The Armed Forces Parliamentary Scheme has given me the chance to work closely with our army this year and has provided an invaluable insight into the work they do – I’ll continue my support for our incredible armed forces in the future.”