The News of the World as the most widely circulating Sunday paper with a demographic readership that is liable to be very much behind our troops and the relatives of those who lose loved ones or the ability to serve through conflict would be a major component in Legion fundraising efforts. However, while outwardly appearing to support our troops and their families the allegations yesterday that the News of the World phone hacking scandal went as far as to hack grieving families of our brave troops was a step that the Legion could not condone.
"We can't with any conscience campaign alongside News of the World on behalf of Armed Forces families while it stands accused of preying on these same families in the lowest depths of their misery.
"The hacking allegations have shocked us to the core.
"Clearly, it would make a mockery of that campaign to go hand-in-hand with News of the World. We think we'll do better without them."