Lieutenant General Ivan Jones, the Commander Field Army, has issued a public apology after a soldier tweeted that MP Angela Rayner should “perish” in a Brexit “civil war.”
The corporal, whose Twitter account has now been deleted, will be “dealt with”, according to Jones. He described the tweet as “appalling.”
I would like to apologise personally to @AngelaRayner MP and anyone affected by appalling tweets from @GoshawkDaniel, a British soldier. He does not represent the remarkable men and women in @BritishArmy who serve this nation. Rest assured this is being dealt with. @BWallaceMP pic.twitter.com/R4UHz6kU1T
— Lt Gen Ivan Jones – Commander Field Army (@field_army) September 27, 2019
The Ministry of Defence said: “The Army is a politically neutral organisation and holds its people to the highest standards.”
Momentum, a grassroots political movement, described the comments as “disgraceful”.
The British Army has come under increasing pressure in recent years to tackle right-wing extremism. In 2017 it published a guide entitled “Extreme Right Wing (XRW) Indicators & Warnings” to help personnel spot signs of extremism.
It was released shortly after the MoD admitted that “a number of serving members of the Army have been arrested under the Terrorism Act.”
In April 2019 a video emerged of British soldiers shooting a photograph of Jeremy Corbyn. At the time, the Ministry of Defence said the video was “not fitting of the high standards we expect”, with Brigadier Nick Perry adding “the army is, and always will be, a totally apolitical organisation.”