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Tobias Ellwood Faced No-Confidence Motion For Praising Taliban

Tobias Ellwood, the chairman of the commons defence select committees in the UK parliament, is facing motion after he shared a video praising the Taliban for improving security in Afghanistan.

Ellwood tried to end the controversy by apologizing for his “poor communication” after his actions infuriated members of his party and veterans.

Ellwood referred to Afghanistan in a tweet and accompanying video as a “country transformed” and talked up the group that seized power in August 2021, claiming “security has vastly improved, corruption is down, and the opium trade has all but disappeared,” as the Guardian cited.

Four members of the defence select committee submitted a no-confidence motion a few days later to have him removed from the crucial position.

According to the meeting’s minutes, the proposal was supported by two Tories, Mark Francois and Richard Drax, and two Labour MPs, Derek Twigg and Kevan Jones.

Ellwood admitted after the criticism that “the last couple of days have probably been the most miserable as a member of parliament” and that “I got it wrong.”

However, Ellwood frequently apologized in TV interviews and said the video “could have been much better done.” “It’s important to put your hand up and acknowledge errors, however well-intentioned,” the Bournemouth East MP and former army captain told TalkTV.

“I stand up; I speak my mind. I try and find solutions, especially on the international stage, and I’m very sorry that my reflection of my visit could have been much better worded and taken out of context.”

However, his apology has not stopped the Commons defence committee members from trying to remove him from his position as chairman.

Asked why he supported a vote on the former Army captain’s chairmanship, Jones told the PA news agency: “I support this motion because it is not the first time the chairman has made comments at odds with the committee. His latest video is a step too far.”

Ellwood has yet to respond to the publication of the motion.

He referred to the controversy as a Twitter “storm”. He defended his critiques of Britain’s lack of interaction with the country’s new government following the disorganized withdrawal of Western armed forces from Kabul almost two years ago.