Monday the 27th October 2014. At last the day the last British troops have left Afghanistan.
I have repeatedly voiced my opposition to our involvement in the conflicts in the region. In my view our involvement has been counterproductive. We have seen young men across the Middle East and even at home become more radicalised. Arguably the region is less stable than when we began and it is thought by many that we are less safe at home than before the invasion.
It has been conceded that the Taliban are still in control of large areas of the country, Afghanistan now exports more heroine now than it did in 2001. The conflict has cost a huge amount in both lives and money.
It has always been my view that the invasion of Afghanistan was illegal and immoral. It is estimated that at least 20,000 Afghan civilians have died during the conflict and I would dearly love to see both Tony Blair and George W. Bush stand trial for war crimes.
Having said all of that I salute every member of our armed services who served in that region. I salute the 453 British Service personnel who paid the ultimate price. I salute the thousands of armed forces personnel who have been wounded and maimed and I salute the families of our service personnel who have had to come to terms with loved ones serving in the region.
I salute the bravery, sacrifice and fortitude of each and every person affected by this conflict.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning, we will remember them!!