UK Politics

Liberal Democratic Party: Davey: Cuts to counter-terrorism work a betrayal of troops in Afghanistan

Press Release   •   Jan 21, 2010 11:30 GMT

“When our troops are in Afghanistan to fight the terrorist threat, it is a betrayal of their sacrifice to slash the diplomatic budget crucial to crushing the very source of that threat," said the Liberal Democrat Shadow Foreign Secretary.

Commenting on the revelation, obtained by the Liberal Democrats in the House of Lords, that the Foreign Office’s counter-terrorism budget in Pakistan has been cut, Edward Davey said:

“Cuts to essential counter-terrorism work in Pakistan are simply unacceptable.

“It is outrageous that on the same day that Gordon Brown told the Commons that the Afghanistan-Pakistan border is the crucible of terrorism, his Foreign Office Minister told the Lords the budget to counter-terrorism there has been slashed.

“When our troops are in Afghanistan to fight the terrorist threat, it is a betrayal of their sacrifice to slash the diplomatic budget crucial to crushing the very source of that threat.”