AN MP has called for an “orderly withdrawal” from Afghanistan after speaking to relatives of Huddersfield soldiers killed in the country.
Cpl Jake Hartley, 20, of New Mill, Pte Anton Frampton, 20, from Longwood and Pte Daniel Wilford, 21, of Cowlersley were among six soldiers who died in a huge explosion last week.
Colne Valley MP Jason McCartney spoke about the loss in the House of Commons on Monday.
The Conservative said: “Three of the six British servicemen who died last week were constituents of mine.
“Over the weekend, I met the parents of Cpl Jake Hartley and the grandparents of Pte Anthony Frampton – Pte Danny Wilford was the third of my constituents.
“Many other constituents have legitimately been asking me this weekend why we do not just withdraw now, so that there are no more young losses.
“However, after their deaths and those of their colleagues from the Yorkshire Regiment and the Duke of Wellington’s Regiment, and after these horrific killings of innocent civilians, it is important that we do not let their deaths be in vain and that we withdraw in an orderly and calm way, as we had planned with ISAF forces.”
Armed forces minister Nick Harvey replied: “I know from the contact we have had with other bereaved families that they feel that the sacrifice that has been made and the valour that has been shown will be rewarded only if we stick at the task and finish the job that we can see clearly before us.
“That is what we are determined to do.”