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By Jude Sheerin, Scottish Press Association
The heartbroken mother of a British soldier killed in Iraq today hit out at Prime Minister Tony Blair and Defence Minister Geoff Hoon.
Rose Gentle, 40, said her son Gordon, who died in Basra yesterday, was nothing more than â€œa bit of meatâ€? to the Premier and Mr Hoon.
She said her son, a 19-year-old soldier in the First Battalion Royal Highland Fusiliers, had been killed in a â€œwar over oilâ€?.
Speaking at the family home in the Pollok area of Glasgow, Mrs Gentle said: â€œWhy donâ€™t Tony Blair and Geoff Hoon send their own families out to Iraq?
â€œMy son was just a bit of meat to them, just a number. They donâ€™t care about him all theyâ€™re worried about is the next election.
â€œThis is not our war, my son has died in their war over oil and they havenâ€™t even taken up the trouble of picking up the phone and say theyâ€™re sorry for our loss.â€?
Fusilier Gentle was killed in an improvised explosive device attack on British military vehicles while on routine patrol in the southern Iraqi city yesterday morning.
Also speaking at the family home in Templeland Road, the soldierâ€™s uncle, Gordon, 41, said: â€œItâ€™s disgusting the way theyâ€™ve treated us, poor Gordon was just fodder to them. Youâ€™d think he (Mr Hoon) could find the time to pick up the phone and ring us.â€?
Fusilier Gentle also leaves his father, George, 45, and sisters Pamela, 21, and Maxine, 14.
The family yesterday hit out at the Army and claimed the teenager had not received adequate training and said Iraq was no place for a recently-qualified soldier.
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