Two soldiers killed in Afghanistan died for ‘cowardly ministers’ says Newport MP Paul Flynn

'DECEPTION': Newport West MP Paul Flynn

'DECEPTION': Newport West MP Paul Flynn

First published in News

TWO soldiers killed in Afghanistan yesterday died to protect the reputations of “cowardly ministers”, a Labour MP claimed in the Commons today.

Paul Flynn, who last month was kicked out of the Commons and suspended for calling Defence Secretary Philip Hammond and his ministers liars, said service personnel killed should be honoured.

Mr Flynn has repeatedly called for British troops to be brought home from Afghanistan ahead of the planned withdrawal in 2014.

Speaking during the business statement, the Newport West MP said: "The Canadian and Dutch soldiers in Afghanistan have returned to their own countries with their heads held high after large sacrifices in blood and treasure.

"Today we hear the dreadful news of two further deaths of British soldiers. There will be many tributes to them that will be sincere and heartfelt.

“But won't history judge their epitaph should be: they died to protect the reputation of cowardly ministers?”

Other MPs in the Commons urged Mr Flynn to withdraw the remark, but Speaker John Bercow made no intervention.

And replying for the Government, Leader of the House Andrew Lansley said: "I think we know that not only will we pay heartfelt tribute to service personnel, including those two who have tragically died in Afghanistan, but that the people of this country and this House will, I think, take the view they have died in defence of the interests of this country, they have died to protect this country.

“We are in Afghanistan in order to combat a terrorist threat and also, alongside that, to put in place in Afghanistan a sustainable and more democratic country for the future.

“That is why they are there, and I think we should honour and value the contribution service personnel make.”

Mr Flynn was “named” by Speaker Bercow in September for saying defence ministers were lying about the conflict in Afghanistan, resulting in a five-day suspension from the Commons.

The Labour MP defended his remarks, insisting "long running deception” had been carried out over Afghanistan.

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3:02am Fri 26 Oct 12

RobJ says...

History will prove that Paul Flynn is correct. Our politicians here in Australia are telling us the exact same rubbish.
History will prove that Paul Flynn is correct. Our politicians here in Australia are telling us the exact same rubbish. RobJ
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8:20am Fri 26 Oct 12

pinpong says...

It was Paul Flynns Lab Gov that set all our troops to Afghanistan and Iraq. Bit rich of him really. Perhaps he is looking for something to do in his twilight years.
He really is a sweet old dear
It was Paul Flynns Lab Gov that set all our troops to Afghanistan and Iraq. Bit rich of him really. Perhaps he is looking for something to do in his twilight years. He really is a sweet old dear pinpong
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12:55pm Fri 26 Oct 12

Katie Re-Registered says...

When Bush and his assistant invaded Afghanistan they must have known that it was a mission doomed to fail. A cursory glance at relatively recent history could have informed the that the Brits were defeated by the Afghans twice in the 19th century and not too long ago in the late 1970s the mujahadeen defeated the entire armies of the USSR. In fact, the only army that I know of that has ever 'conquered' Afghanistan was that of Alexander the Great. Maybe the little boy ego trip natural high that Bush and Blair were on at the time gave them feel that they were going down in history on a par with Alexander the Great? Mind you, this might get a place in the Guiness Book of Records as the longest ever retreat in military history...
When Bush and his assistant invaded Afghanistan they must have known that it was a mission doomed to fail. A cursory glance at relatively recent history could have informed the that the Brits were defeated by the Afghans twice in the 19th century and not too long ago in the late 1970s the mujahadeen defeated the entire armies of the USSR. In fact, the only army that I know of that has ever 'conquered' Afghanistan was that of Alexander the Great. Maybe the little boy ego trip natural high that Bush and Blair were on at the time gave them feel that they were going down in history on a par with Alexander the Great? Mind you, this might get a place in the Guiness Book of Records as the longest ever retreat in military history... Katie Re-Registered
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12:56pm Fri 26 Oct 12

Howie' says...

pinpong wrote:
It was Paul Flynns Lab Gov that set all our troops to Afghanistan and Iraq. Bit rich of him really. Perhaps he is looking for something to do in his twilight years.
He really is a sweet old dear
I think you will find that Paul Flynn was vociferously against the Afghan and Iraq war right from the beginning.
[quote][p][bold]pinpong[/bold] wrote: It was Paul Flynns Lab Gov that set all our troops to Afghanistan and Iraq. Bit rich of him really. Perhaps he is looking for something to do in his twilight years. He really is a sweet old dear[/p][/quote]I think you will find that Paul Flynn was vociferously against the Afghan and Iraq war right from the beginning. Howie'
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