Part of Business of the House – in the House of Commons at 12:59 pm on 27th November 2014.

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Photo of John Baron John Baron Conservative, Basildon and Billericay 12:59 pm, 27th November 2014

Most of us agreed at the time with the initial deployment to rid the country of al-Qaeda, but what we tend to forget in this House is that that mission was accomplished within a couple of years. The mistake we made was then to allow the mission to morph into the much bigger one of nation building, something we did not properly resource. Given that—to use the Defence Secretary’s own words—the Taliban “remain a potent force”, may I draw him out a little and ask him what he thinks the key lessons are from this intervention?