Today, I participated in a Backbench Business debate on a proposal for an inquiry into the UK’s involvement in the NATO-led mission to Afghanistan. During the debate, I took the time to praise the British and American servicemen and women, and those from other allied countries, who worked around the clock in unimaginably difficult circumstances to stand up for the values that we as a nation hold dear by evacuating British nationals, along with the brave Afghans who have supported UK operations in Afghanistan and who have stood up and campaigned for the values that we cherish and hold dear. I argued that an inquiry must prioritise the political failures of the Trump-Taliban Agreement & withdrawal. Although a wide-ranging inquiry into Britain’s role in Afghanistan is important, it will also be time-consuming and may take two decades. Justice delayed is justice denied, so we must prioritise and use the time as effectively as possible.

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