Hero translators’ fresh fight for justice: Ministers will discuss plans to offer dozens of Afghan interpreters sanctuary in Britain
- Ben Wallace and Priti Patel to discuss policy offering sanctuary to Afghan interpreters
- Gavin Williamson previously promised to let in 50 interpreters with their families
- Only two interpreters have come to Britain in the two years since his promise
Ministers will this week discuss plans to give dozens more Afghan interpreters sanctuary in Britain after being accused of repeatedly failing to deliver on their promises.
Defence Secretary Ben Wallace and Home Secretary Priti Patel want to thrash out a new policy which will widen the qualifying criteria for visas.
The talks come after pressure from the Daily Mail’s award-winning Betrayal of the Brave campaign which exposed how interpreters have been abandoned.
Ministers have been accused of letting down those who served alongside British troops on the battlefield during the Afghan War.
Defence Secretary Ben Wallace (pictured) and Home Secretary Priti Patel want to thrash out a new policy which will widen the qualifying criteria for visas
Former defence secretary Gavin Williamson had promised to let in 50 interpreters plus their families.
But that led to just two translators coming to Britain two years later.
Sources said Mr Wallace wants to resolve the issue. Mrs Patel also wishes to honour a policy brought in by the Home Office to let those interpreters who are already in the UK bring over their wives and children.
Sources said it was an issue ‘close to their hearts and both are committed to finding a resolution’.
Ex-colonel Simon Diggins, who has been campaigning on behalf of Afghan interpreters, noted how the Government had pledged to let in up to three million Hong Kong citizens because of China’s new security laws but would not let in a few hundred translators.
Mrs Patel (pictured) also wishes to honour a policy brought in by the Home Office to let those interpreters who are already in the UK bring over their wives and children