Sir Hugh Robertson questions the Foreign Secretary about progress in the Syrian peace talks and in particular about the future of President Assad and the option of building up an alternative Government in Syria capable of taking on IS.
Last week, the Faversham and Mid Kent constituency selected Helen Whately to replace Sir Hugh Robertson as The Conservative candidate at the forthcoming General Election. Sir Hugh is standing down after 14 years as the area’s Member of Parliament.
New Year is traditionally a time of hope and renewal and a time to make resolutions for the year ahead. I have just finished the last constituency mailbag of 2014 and it contains the usual mix of serious casework, general moans and, pleasingly, a couple of people who have written in to say thank you for something that we have managed to fix for them.
A year ago, as The Minister for The Middle East, I spent the last two weeks before Christmas in Lebanon and Egypt respectively. In Lebanon, I visited the refugee camps full of young children escaping the war in Syria and already experiencing the first snowfalls of the year high in the wintery Bequaa valley.
Hugh Robertson calls on the Government to look at assistance given by this country to the Lebanese border regiment to see what further help can be given to prevent ISIL from spreading to Lebanon from Syria and Iraq.