Defence Secretary Ben Wallace reveals he helped foil IRA bomb plot when he was 21

Defence Secretary Ben Wallace has described how he helped foil an IRA bomb plot as he paid a Remembrance Day tribute to the fallen.

He hailed the armed forces as “the backbone and safety net” of Britain – and recounted his own narrow escape when his unit captured a terrorist gang.

Mr Wallace, who completed two operational tours in Northern Ireland with the Scots Guards, said: “Our forces are often about defending people who can’t defend themselves.

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Source: The Sun