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Afghan contractors still facing persecution after being dumped by Tories

AFGHAN contractors who supported Britain in Afghanistan are still facing persecution after being dumped by the Tory government and left to their fate 10 months after the Taliban routed Western armies.

A Tory MP has challenged his own government telling ministers the contractors are still living in “constant fear of their lives,” and saying that the position is “unacceptable.

John Baron said: “There remain around 180 British Council contractors in Afghanistan, 85 who have been classified by ourselves at very high risk and another 90 or so deemed at high risk.

“They live in constant fear of their lives, moving from safe house to safe house as they are hunted by the Taliban.”

During the discussion in Commons, Labour shadow foreign office minister Fabian Hamilton asked: “What message does it send to other British Council contractors who work in challenging environments around the world if the UK will leave them stranded in this way?”

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