MMilitary veterans will be granted new legal protection to prevent them from being prosecuted for murder during the riots. This is to be anchored in the manifesto of the Conservative Party.

Boris Johnson will stand for election with the promise to amend the Human Rights Act to put an end to the "unfair trials" of the soldiers.

The Telegraph has learned that the current draft of the manifesto contains the promise to end the "ongoing … prosecutions". It is unclear whether ministers could ever intervene in active criminal proceedings, and the government refused to comment further last night.

The pledge follows the pressure on successive prime ministers, the so-called witch hunt of the troops for alleged …