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Mike Gapes MP calls on Home Secretary and the Foreign and Commonwealth Office to defeat Daesh

Speaking in the House of Commons chamber, Mike highlighted the efforts of the Kurdish Permerga forces in successfully recapturing Mount Sinjar and called on the Home Secretary and the FCO to do more to defeat Daesh (ISIS).

Mike Gapes (Ilford South) (Lab/Co-op): May I inform the Home Secretary that, over the weekend, there were great celebrations in Iraqi Kurdistan at the recapture of Mount Sinjar by the peshmerga in co-operation with the PYD—the Democratic Union party—in Syria and with the assistance of UK forces in the air, as well as other partners and allies? That has broken the connection between Mosul and Raqqa.

Will the Home Secretary speak to her colleagues in the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and other Departments to assess whether it is not time that we in this country did more both to assist the Kurdish peshmerga and to see how we can destroy the Daesh caliphate cult in its headquarters in Raqqa?

Mrs May: The hon. Gentleman is absolutely right that we of course need to defeat Daesh. We are doing that in a whole variety of ways, but dealing with it where it is primarily based is of course part of that. He is right to refer to the recapture of the important landmark of Sinjar, which was an important battle and an important success. I am sure that he has noticed that there is a Foreign and Commonwealth Office Minister on the Front Bench, who will have heard his remarks.

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