Defence Secretary Ben Wallace was challenged over the failure to secure the transport of British animal sanctuary owner Pen Farthing out of Kabul. Mr Farthing is desperately seeking Government help to evacuate his animals and stuff from Afghanistan. He told GMB he had chartered a private plane but said MoD was blocking the flight from happening. Mr Wallace was grilled over the lack of action in the case of Mr Farthing.
Ms Singh told the Tory Minister: “He did say Mr Wallace he was prepared and ready, he is an ex-Royal Marine Commando, he knows how to be prepared in a crisis.
“He said he is prepared to sit for three days with his team in the sweltering heat in those crowds and wait.
“If only they had the paperwork that would allow him to believe there is a strong chance of them actually getting through and not just being left there.”
“He himself as a British passport holder back on the other side of the weekend has that in place and if he turns up today with his passport…”stated Mr Wallace.
Ms Singh interrupted: “But He doesn’t want to turn his back on his staff and you can understand that human connection.”
“I understand that!” snapped back Mr Wallace.
He continued: “But I don’t want to turn my back on some people at even greater risk of their lives if they get pushed out of the way.
“That is a really difficult decision.”
He continued: “You’ve got no idea of the elation in our office this morning when our staff knew [they could come to the UK].
“It’s a privately funded aircraft, I only want to take out 69 people and the cargo hold is empty so we’re going to put dogs and cats into it, no taxpayer money will go into this.
“We’ve got 130 spare seats on that aircraft we can fill with people entitled to come to Britain.”
Mr Farthing added: “I am behind enemy lines now, the Taliban are here.