Tory MP Tobias Ellwood has this evening quit as the Chair of the Commons Defence Committee after facing a vote of no confidence.
In July, Ellwood, Conservative MP of Bournemouth East, came under fire over a video posted on social media in which he bizarrely praised Afghanistan as “transformed” under the Taliban’s rule.
In the widely-criticised clip, Mr Ellwood urged the UK to re-engage with the country and the Taliban – an extremist terrorist organisation responsible for the torture and murder of countless innocent people and the ongoing oppression of citizens, particularly women living in Afghanistan.
Ex-soldier Ellwood eventually apologised for the video and deleted it, but members of the cross-party committee submitted a no-confidence motion on 19th July.
In a resignation statement tonight, Mr Ellwood said: “It is with deep regret that I have tendered my resignation as Chair of the Defence Committee.
“I believe I have a strong voice when it comes to defence and security. I stand up, speak my mind, try to see the bigger picture and offer solutions, especially on the international stage, as our world turns a dangerous corner.
“I don’t always get it right – so it’s right I put my hand up when I don’t.”
He said “poor communications” about engagement with Afghanistan were “understandably criticised at the time and reflected poorly on the Committee”.
Mr Ellwood added: “Whilst I do believe I retain the support of the majority of the committee, its dynamic and effectiveness would simply not be the same, and prove a distraction, if all in the room were not supportive of the chair.”