MPs Call for Foreign Office Chief to Resign over ‘Disastrous’ Afghanistan Withdrawal

The Foreign Affairs Committee’s report into the withdrawal of Afghanistan is absolutely scathing. Led by Tom Tugendhat, the report slams the Foreign Office for “systemic failures of intelligence, diplomacy, planning and preparation”, which “cost lives” and will “damage the UK’s interests for years to come“. Easy reading for Dominic Raab…

Given Raab’s already been taken off the Foreign Office brief, however, the man who bears the brunt of the criticism while still in situ is the Permanent Under-Secretary Sir Philip Barton. In no uncertain terms, the Committee tells Barton he should pack his bags:

“The fact the Foreign Office’s senior leaders were on holiday when Kabul fell marks a fundamental lack of seriousness, grip or leadership at a time of national emergency… The committee has lost confidence in the ­Permanent Under-Secretary, who should consider his position.”

Tugendhat himself also laid into Barton, saying he’s “let the side down” and should go:

“The absence of the top leadership, ministerial and official, when Kabul fell is a grave indictment on those ­supposedly in charge… we don’t have confidence in him. It’s up to the government whether they keep him…”

This morning Tugendhat appeared on Sky News to discuss the findings, and at one point even got emotional over the handling of the evacuation. Looks like Barton might end up taking a more permanent holiday fairly soon…

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Whittingdale and Tugendhat Setting Up Conservative Friends of Ukraine

John Whittingdale and Tom Tugendhat have just emailed Conservative MPs with invitations to join the newly-established Conservative Friends of Ukraine. Whittingdale will become President, with Tugendhat sitting as Vice President. Read the full email below:

“Dear Colleague

I am writing to ask whether you would become a member of Conservative Friends of Ukraine. Other parties already have similar groups and following the Russian invasion, we felt it was important to ensure that Conservative colleagues from across the Party could come together to show our support for Ukraine. This will also enable us to highlight the wide range of ways that the Government is supporting Ukraine.

At least 100 members are needed to qualify for formal party affiliation and we are approaching colleagues in Parliament first as this will hopefully allow us to reach the this threshold quickly. The Chairman and CCHQ are very supportive and have promised to expedite the Group’s approval.  

In order to register as a member, please contact the secretariat at  conservativefriendsofukraine@gmail.com

While becoming a member does not involve any further demands, if you would be interested in being listed as an Officer then please let us know.

We look forward to working together to show our support for our friends in Ukraine.

With best wishes

Rt Hon John Whittingdale OBE MP – President

Tom Tugendhat MP – Vice President”

Guido is happy to give the group a boost…

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Michael Gove Just Wants to Dance with Somebody

As the sun fades on yet another Tory Conference, Michael Gove and Tom Tugendhat still had enough time to figure out how to chase their blues away. Clearly Gove had more to prove after his barnstorming performance in Aberdeen…

Meanwhile at the LGBT club night, things were rather tamer for Liz Truss, though the Foreign Secretary still made sure to grab plenty of selfies with adoring fans, just metres away from two almost entirely naked dancing men in jockstraps. Here she is appearing beneath “The Shaft”:


‘Till next year…
UPDATE: Guido’s been sent this clip of Truss bopping to Beyonce. Enjoy…

Hat-tip: @johnjohnstonmi

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Tugendhat Places the TRG on the Tory Right

Tom Tugendhat speaking to the TRG described looking at Labour’s public programme…

“I looked at some of the policies: nationalising the railways – sorry we’ve already done that. Raising taxes – err we’ve already done that one too. Well I’m sure we’ll come to some Conservative policies in a minute…”

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Tugendhat: Formal Talks with Taliban are “Bizarre Idea”, They’re More Like the Mafia than a Government
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Tugendhat Clarifies Taliban Aren’t Just LibDems with Beards

He didn’t need to clarify the Taliban aren’t LibDems – he’d just commended their slick PR…

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