Tory MP Desmond Swayne slammed after implying Afghan refugees are 'cowards' for not resisting the Taliban

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LONDON (Bywire News) - Tory MP Sir Desmond Swayne has been widely criticised on social media for implying that Afghans desperate to escape the Taliban are 'cowards'.

His comments were made during a debate in the House of Commons about the ongoing situation in Afghanistan, where the brutal Taliban regime have taken over after the withdrawal of US and UK troops.

Swayne, who sits as the MP for New Forest West, intervened during a speech by Keir Starmer, asking the Labour leader:

“Were the government of this Kingdom to be overthrown by a wicked and brutal regime, I venture that he would want a leading role in the resistance, he wouldn’t be queuing at the airport would he?”

Unsurprisingly, Swayne's comments were met with derision from the Labour Leader, who replied:

“When I was Director of Public Prosecutions I had some of my prosecutors in Afghanistan at huge risk working on counterterrorism with other brave souls there. So I won’t take that from him or anybody else,”

In addition to Starmer's words, Swayne's comments were met with shouts of “shame” and "disgraceful" from both sides of the Commons - and the MP has now been condemned on social media:



Swayne is a leading anti-lockdown figure who has been accused of spreading "dangerous misinformation" about Covid-19.

In an interview with the anti-lockdown and anti-vax group Save Our Rights UK last year, Swayne called for its members to "persist" against Covid restrictions.

In addition, Swayne has also previously refused to apologise for claiming that Covid case numbers had been "manipulated".

(Writing by Jess Miller, editing by Tom D. Rogers)

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