Afghanistan

John Baron MP challenges Defence Secretary over change in NATO strategy in Afghanistan

September 18, 2012
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Key questions asked and mission clarity requested. Today in the House of Commons, the Speaker granted John Baron MP an Urgent Question (UQ) – this allows MPs to raise issues of concern at short notice, and involves the appropriate Secretary of State answering those concerns at the dispatch box. John raised reports of NATO’s...
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John Baron MP highlights Government confusion over Afghanistan

September 17, 2012
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MP: We are fighting the wrong enemy in the wrong country   Today in the House of Commons the Secretary of State for Defence made a Statement about the recent deaths of British soldiers killed by rogue Afghan security forces. There have been 51 cases of ‘green on blue’...
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John Baron MP presses Government over non-conditional talks with the Taliban

September 13, 2012
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MP says key stumbling-block to diplomatic solution must be removed Today in the House of Commons, the Rt Hon Justine Greening MP made the Government’s quarterly statement on Afghanistan on behalf of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, the Ministry of Defence and her own Department. Again, John took...
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John Baron MP questions Defence Secretary over capability of Afghan forces once ISAF leaves

April 26, 2012
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MP stresses need to drop preconditions to Taliban talks Today in the House of Commons the Rt Hon Philip Hammond MP, the Secretary of State for Defence, made a statement on British troop levels in Afghanistan. John Baron MP took the opportunity to press him over the need for non-conditional talks with the enemy....
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John Baron MP presses Foreign Secretary over Taliban talks

April 17, 2012
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MP: Troops have done their job, now time for politicians to do theirs Today during Foreign and Commonwealth Questions in the House of Commons, John Baron MP pressed the Foreign Secretary about the need to open non-conditional talks with the Taliban. This follows further recent evidence, including recent attacks over the weekend, which suggests...
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John Baron MP warns politicians risk failing our soldiers over Afghanistan

March 19, 2012
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MP argues for non-conditional talks with the Taliban  John Baron MP has berated the UK and US governments over their handling of the Afghan cri sis and warns that they risk utterly failing our soldiers following the breakdown of talks with the Taliban. John is a member of the Foreign Affairs Select Committee. He...
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John Baron MP presses Defence Minister over need for Taliban talks

March 12, 2012
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MP: latest civilian deaths emphasises local impression that ISAF is occupying force Today in the House of Commons, during a Statement on the US killing of 16 Afghan civilians, John Baron MP pressed the Defence Minister, Nick Harvey MP, as to the need to open non-conditional talks with the Taliban. John opposed our initial...
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John Baron MP presses Government over leaked NATO report on Afghanistan

February 2, 2012
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MP says there should be a statement Today in the House of Commons, during Business Questions, John Baron MP asked the Leader of the House for a statement on a recently leaked NATO report on Afghanistan. John has long been critical of Government policy and was the only Conservative MP to vote against the...
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John Baron MP presses Defence Secretary over ethnic imbalance risk to Afghan handover in 2014

December 20, 2011
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MP highlights Afghan Security Force’s non-Pashtun makeup  During Defence Questions in the House of Commons, John Baron MP questioned the Secretary of State for Defence about the ethnic imbalance of the Afghan Security Forces. This is deemed to be a potential risk to a successful handover in 2014. John opposed our initial involvement in...
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John Baron MP advocates fundamental review of foreign policy in new book

October 3, 2011
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‘The Future of Conservatism’ launched today at Party Conference In a new book (‘The Future of Conservatism: Values Revisited’) launched today at party conference, John Baron MP advocates a fundamental review of British foreign policy. John was the only Conservative MP to vote against the Libyan intervention and our policy in Afghanistan, and resigned...
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