Diabetic cadet hopes to sue Ministry of Defence over army rules

Maldon and Burnham Standard: Southminster lad Tom Newman-Clark hopes to sue the Ministry of Defence Southminster lad Tom Newman-Clark hopes to sue the Ministry of Defence

A teenager who has longed to go in the army for as long as he can remember hopes to sue the Military of Defence because they will not accept diabetics.

Ormiston Rivers Academy pupil Tom Newman-Clark, 13, has Type 1 diabetes and injects himself with insulin five times a day but insists that has never held him back, and never will.

Tom, who lives in New Moor Crescent, Southminster, has attended an army cadet unit each week for almost two years but is unable to do his dream job in the future because his medical condition means he is a risk.

Although he knows it could be dangerous for him to fight on the front line, Tom feels he should be allowed to still be on officer on the home front.

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11:55am Tue 8 Apr 14

DontForgetToBreathe says...

My dream job is a political assassin.

Who can i sue because I cant follow my dream.

Get a grip . The desire is laudable but resorting to litigation is stupid.

To be honest this sounds like the parents seeing dollar sign not the kid
My dream job is a political assassin. Who can i sue because I cant follow my dream. Get a grip . The desire is laudable but resorting to litigation is stupid. To be honest this sounds like the parents seeing dollar sign not the kid DontForgetToBreathe
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2:17pm Tue 8 Apr 14

e5mitch says...

Because the parents wouldn't sue if a type 1 diabetic injecting 5 tines a day run into any problems would they?!!
Because the parents wouldn't sue if a type 1 diabetic injecting 5 tines a day run into any problems would they?!! e5mitch
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11:55pm Tue 8 Apr 14

Goomynuts says...

Whilst I have no doubt that he would find a human rights lawyer to take up his case - who exactly will pay the mega ££££ fees over years of legal wrangle?
a) Mum & Dad
b) Legal Aid
c) No win = No fee

We all had childhood dreams but the hardest part about growing up is realising that they must remain just that .. Dreams.
Whilst I have no doubt that he would find a human rights lawyer to take up his case - who exactly will pay the mega ££££ fees over years of legal wrangle? a) Mum & Dad b) Legal Aid c) No win = No fee We all had childhood dreams but the hardest part about growing up is realising that they must remain just that .. Dreams. Goomynuts
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3:21pm Sun 13 Apr 14

Jack222 says...

Aged 13 and he has his career already sorted; he wants to kill people?

Go and play - later get a real job.
Aged 13 and he has his career already sorted; he wants to kill people? Go and play - later get a real job. Jack222
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