Afghanistan

John Baron MP presses Prime Minister over need for non-conditional talks with the Taliban

July 6, 2011
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MP draws parallels with Provisional IRA talks   Today in the House of Commons the Prime Minister made a Statement about troop withdrawals from Afghanistan. John Baron MP took the opportunity to press the Prime Minister about the need for talks with the Taliban to be non-conditional. John said: “May I press the Prime...
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John Baron MP challenges Foreign Secretary to push Americans over Afghanistan peace talks

June 15, 2011
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MP says the differences between the Taliban and Al Qaeda need exploring   Yesterday afternoon, during Foreign Office Questions in the House of Commons, John Baron MP pressed the Foreign Secretary, The Rt. Hon. William Hague MP, as to the importance of getting the Americans to open talks with the Taliban. John said: “Given...
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John Baron MP presses Prime Minister over Bin Laden’s death and Afghanistan

May 3, 2011
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MP repeats his call for Americans to open non-conditional talks with the Taliban   Today in the House of Commons the Prime Minister made a Statement on the death of Osama Bin Laden and its ramifications for counterterrorism around the world. John used the opportunity to press again the need to explore the differences...
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John Baron MP questions Minister over Taliban jail break

April 26, 2011
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MP says West must negotiate with the Taliban   Following the escape of nearly 500 Taliban fighters from a Kandahar prison in Afghanistan, a Foreign Office Minister made a Statement to the House as to the latest situation. John said: “This jail break will come as a severe blow to our troops in the...
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John Baron MP quizzes Defence Secretary over war against Taliban

March 16, 2011
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MP: not one of the pre-conditions for a successful campaign exists in Afghanistan   During Defence Questions in the House of Commons this week, John Baron MP pressed The Rt. Hon. Liam Fox MP, the Secretary of State for Defence, over why he believed we were going to beat the Taliban. John said: “The...
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John Baron MP says Select Committee’s critical report on Afghanistan does not go far enough

March 2, 2011
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Committee MP says Report fails to emphasize two crucial distinctions The Foreign Affairs Select Committee’s Report “The UK’s foreign policy approach to Afghanistan and Pakistan” was published today. The Committee endorsed the Report 8 – 1, with one abstention. John Baron MP voted against the Report.  John said: “I agree with the report’s criticism...
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John Baron MP questions Prime Minister over Afghanistan at PMQs

February 9, 2011
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MP says American should open talks with the Taliban   Today at PMQs John Baron MP questioned the Prime Minister about the need for a fresh approach on Afghanistan, which must include opening talks with the Taliban to explore common interests. John said: “The latest US Department of Defence report to Congress states that...
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John Baron MP raises Afghanistan in PMQs

November 10, 2010
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Today in the House of Commons during Prime Minister’s Questions, John Baron MP questioned the Deputy Prime Minister, Nick Clegg, about the need for a more realistic assessment of the situation in Afghanistan. John said: “Successful counter-insurgency operations in the past, such as in Malaya, suggest that not one of the pre-conditions for success...
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John Baron MP votes to withdraw troops from Afghanistan in historic Parliamentary debate

September 14, 2010
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Parliament votes for the first time on Afghanistan Today there was historic debate and vote in the House of Commons as to whether Britain should withdraw its troops from Afghanistan. In his speech, John Baron MP highlighted past errors, over optimistic assessments, an unsuccessful counter insurgency-campaign, a poor economy and corrupt Government, and high...
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John Baron MP questions Prime Minister and Defence Secretary over Congress Report on Afghanistan

September 14, 2010
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MP suggests pyrrhic victory if we lose the propaganda war Today in the House of Commons, John Baron MP questioned both the Prime Minister and the Secretary of State for Defence during Prime Minister’s Questions and then during a statement on Afghanistan about the propaganda war being won by the Taliban. John said: “A...
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