On D-Day, read Ed Miliband’s interview with Mark Radley – who served with Ed’s father.

Leeds North West Constituency

Today I met a remarkable man.

Mark Radley was just 19 when he fought for Britain on D-Day. Today, at the age of 89 he came to visit the House of Commons to share with me some of his memories of June 6, 1944.

He had served on board HMS Hilary on D-Day, detecting and intercepting Nazi communications. My Dad was serving in the Royal Navy on the same vessel where his job was to translate them. 

It was deeply moving for me personally to talk with someone who had served alongside my late father.

When I travel to Normandy for the D-Day commemorations I will be thinking about Mr Radley, my Dad and the tens of thousands of servicemen and women who left our shores 70 years ago knowing that mortal danger lay ahead. 

They were part of that great generation who risked their lives on D-Day to fight…

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