THIS year, as we mark the centenary of the Armistice that brought the First World War to a close, I find myself thinking of the countless soldiers, many still in their teenage years, who left home and never returned.

Victims of a senseless war waged by rulers who didn’t care about the working people who died under their command.

I think of all the soldiers who came home with post-traumatic stress disorder, young men who had seen the terrors of war and were irrevocably changed by it, only to be abandoned by the government that had sent them to fight. I think of how, just two decades on from the bloodiest war Europe had seen to that point, another, even more brutal, followed so quickly. And finally, I think of how 100 years on from the end of the First World War, peace still eludes us.

If we truly want to honour our fallen, then we must heed their warnings and make a stand for peace.

We must cease our relentless war profiteering. Yemenis, no older and no less innocent than the Tommies who died in the Somme, are being murdered with British weapons, wielded by British-trained personnel. Until we abandon our warmongering ways, our words of remembrance will ultimately ring hollow.

We can be a force for good in this world, we can lead the way as an unflinching ally of peace and justice, we can truly take the lessons of the First World War to heart, or we can continue to trade arms with Saudi Arabia. We cannot do both.

Lloyd Russell-Moyle is MP for Brighton Kemptown and Peacehaven