As a member of the forces this strikes me as a little strange. Any member of UK forces or civil servant in an operational theatre has to serve a minimum of 30 (i think) days consecutively to qualify, exceptions being KIA or WIA/going home due to illness.
An MP visiting theatre apparently gets the medal for a 2 day visit.... ........If you also think this a little strange hopefully the link below will work. It would be interesting to see a freedom of info request to see who claims them.
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