British troops leave Afghanistan after 13 years
The 13-year-war in Afghanistan ended yesterday after the Union, American and NATO flags were lowered at military base Camp Bastion.All British troops will leave the area within a few days.
There are over 14,000 troops based at the camp, which is Britain’s largest military base in the world.
The military campaign, one of the longest in British military history, claimed the lives of 453 British military personnel and cost an estimated £20bn.
Elizabeth Pears discusses the high price paid for the war and if the campaign has improved conditions for Afghanis.
Though health care has been improved and life expectancy has risen since military intervention began, corruption and violence are rife.
Defence secretary Michael Fallon has said Afghanistan “has every chance of a more secure future” but admitted it might not ever be safe.
Elizabeth also talks about whether the mistakes of Iraq can be avoided as Britain prepares to leave.
Defence minister: UK ‘under siege’ from EU migrants
The Conservative party are doing their upmost to prove to disruptive party backbenchers and the public alike that they have a tough stance on Europe and immigration.
Michael Fallon, defence secretary, described the UK as being “under siege” from EU migrants. He has since apologised for the comments.
Fallon called for limits to be put on migrants numbers and foreign benefit claims.
The Tory party need to show a clear stance ahead of the key by-election in Rochester and Strood, where they face opposition from UKIP.
David Cameron must also make his intentions ahead of renegotiations of the UK’s EU membership terms, especially in light of the recent £1.7bn pay-out the UK are being asked to hand over.
Victoria Beckham named Top UK Entrepreneur
Victoria Beckham has beaten Sir James Dyson and fashion veteran Dame Vivienne Westwood to be named the UK’s Top Entrepreneur.
The list, compiled by business magazine Management Today, ranked 100 of the UK’s top entrepreneurs and named Beckham top because of her “finely tuned business acumen”.
Beckham’s eponymous fashion label turned over £30 million last year, a rise of 2,900 per cent in the past five years. Victoria Beckham is reportedly worth £210 million.
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