Early day motion 1258

UK TROOPS WITHDRAWAL FROM HELMAND

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Total number of signatures: 7

Campbell, Ronnie Flynn, Paul Godsiff, Roger Hancock, Mike
Hopkins, Kelvin Lucas, Caroline Stringer, Graham

That this House applauds the courage, professionalism and sacrifices of UK troops in Helmand Province since 2006 when UK forces were ordered into the province in a mission of pacification, construction and reduction in the opium trade and in the hope that not a shot would be fired; recalls that only two British soldiers had died in combat in Afghanistan before the Helmand incursion which was described in 2006 as likely to be as suicidal as the Charge of the Light Brigade; acknowledges that the mission was a failure of major historic proportions, resulting in the deaths of 448 UK soldiers, a current record opium crop and Taliban control of most of the province that makes participation in elections impossible; and believes that describing the Helmand tragedies as mission accomplished is self-serving delusion.