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Kirsten urges more Afghan Relocation

East Renfrewshire MP Kirsten Oswald has backed constituents in calling for the UK Government to provide a safe haven for British Council staff who fear for their lives if they are left behind in Afghanistan.

The British Council has said that a number of current and former staff have been relocated from Afghanistan to the UK under the Afghan Relocations and Assistance Policy (ARAP) scheme, which is run by the Ministry of Defence and started in April.

However, despite the issue being raised in the debate in parliament on Wednesday, the UK Government could give MPs no reassurance about how many more British Council staff might be relocated.

Kirsten has been contacted by constituents calling for relocation of the British Council's Afghan employees including Gillian Davidson, an English Language teacher from Eaglesham.

Kirsten has written to the UK Government seeking confirmation that more would be done to provide current and former British Council employees, and their families, with safe passage under the ARAP scheme.

She said: "People are so shocked at what is unfolding in Afghanistan.

"While trumpeting the mantra of Global Britain, this incompetent government has presided over a shambolic retreat from Afghanistan."


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