Foreign Office staffing as Taliban took over Afghanistan

Sir Philip Barton was asked about his holiday plans ahead of western troops pulling out of Afghanistan and a Taliban take over in August.

Labour MP Chris Bryant queried why the Foreign Office chief was away at the same time as then-Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab.

Sir Philip repeated a previous reply that he had since “reflected” on not returning to work earlier but Mr Bryant said that statement was start to feel “a bit scripted now”.

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