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Senior Tory demands end to ‘unseemly’ Cabinet row over Afghan crisis

Tobias Ellwood, chair of the defence select committee, says spats are damaging the UK’s global standing

  • Britain must rediscover the will to lead on global issues | Tobias Ellwood

A senior Conservative MP is demanding an immediate end to the “unseemly and unprofessional” row between the foreign and defence secretaries over Afghanistan, warning that it is further damaging the UK’s already battered reputation on the world stage.

Writing for the Observer Tobias Ellwood, chair of the Commons select committee on defence, says the crisis has exposed the weakness of the UK as a global player, and calls for a complete overhaul of the way foreign policy is handled in Whitehall.

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