Bishop's Stortford MP Julie Marson praises Prime Minister Boris Johnson's leadership on Afghanistan
Bishop’s Stortford MP Julie Marson has praised Prime Minister Boris Johnson for his leadership during the Afghanistan crisis.
She intervened in a debate on Monday (September 6) as the Tory leader updated the House of Commons on “the biggest and fastest emergency evacuation in recent history” and future plans to support refugees fleeing the Taliban.
Mrs Marson, elected in December 2019’s General Election on a pro-Boris ticket, took a swipe at Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer.
After Mr Johnson set out the Government’s efforts to support British veterans of the conflict and ensure safe passage for those who wish to leave the war-ravaged state, Mrs Marson told Parliament: “In stark contrast with the Leader of the Opposition, whose definition of leadership seems to be silence followed by 20:20 hindsight, I commend the Prime Minister for his leadership in this crisis.
"I ask him to continue that, on behalf of the UK and the G7, for women and girls in Afghanistan – both for their education and their wider participation in Afghan society.”
Mr Johnson responded: “The UK is pulling together with our German friends, our Italian friends, our French friends, our American friends – all our G7 colleagues and others – to forge a collective global view, as far as we possibly can, about how to deal with the new regime in Kabul.
"It is by working together that we will get the best results. The UK, as the whole House knows, is in pole position in all the key institutions and we will continue to exercise that role.”
After the debate, Mrs Marson said: “I will always campaign for greater equality. The lives and livelihoods of so many women and girls in Afghanistan will change significantly as a result of the Taliban taking charge once again.
“I want to see real action on the international stage and was pleased that the Prime Minister publicly committed to finding a solution on this.”