CARLISLE's Member of Parliament hopes the city will stand together against despotic regimes at the Falklands 40 event in two weeks.

Carlisle MP John Stevenson is set to welcome Richard Hyslop, the Falkland Island's Government Representative to the UK on Saturday May 14 for a full day of events commemorating Argentina's invasion of British territory.

They will be joined by former Observation Officer with the 3rd Battalion Parachute Regiment, Howard Foster and former Royal Marine, member of Naval Party 8901, Mark Gibbs.

Mr Stevenson told the Local Democracy Reporting Service that the day's events will place Carlisle "at the forefront" of Falklands War commemorations.

"Outside of London I think this is probably one of the best events relating to the Falklands conflict which is great for Carlisle."

He said that the navy task force's re-capture of the Falkland Islands was transformative for British politics.

"It was a very significant at the time, the fact British territory had been invaded by a foreign power.

"We've always got to remember the number of troops that went, the impact it's had but on the positive side, forced the Falklands to re-think what they're about, it brought about the end of a dictatorship in Argentine."

Mr Stevenson said that in light of the situation in Ukraine, the event is an opportunity to oppose the actions of invading nations.

"I think that's the modern message, we as a nation and the west have to be prepared to defend our freedoms, our territory from invasions by despotic authorities.

"Ukrainians have demonstrated as a nation, they value their freedoms and will fight for them."

Mr Stevenson said that it is time the UK "stands by our principles" and spends more on military support to Ukraine.

The presentation of the Falklands flag takes place on May 14 at 12.30pm in Carlisle's Greenmarket.

At 1pm, 90 Falkland veterans will march from Carlisle Cathedral to the Cenotaph by the Old Town Hall, accompanied by Carlisle Army Cadet Force.  

There will be a wreath laying ceremony and short service of remembrance conducted by Reverend Canon Jim Hyslop from St. Cuthbert’s Church, father of Richard Hyslop.

The parade will be led by Pipe Major Steven Duffy, veteran of the Scots Guards who saw active service in the Falklands conflict.