DEFENCE secretary Ben Wallace has spoken out concerning the “folks over pets” within the Afghanistan evacuation amid a row.
Here is what we all know concerning the minister.
Who’s Ben Wallace?
Tory minister Ben Wallace is Secretary of State for Defence since 24 July 2019.
He was beforehand the UK’s longest-serving Minister of State for Safety and Financial Crime from 2016 to 2019.
He went to public faculty Millfield in Somerset after which went to navy faculty.
He fumed that it was “b****cks” that British animal lover Pen Farthing and his Afghan employees have been being denied evacuation from Kabul.
The rattled minister hit again on the former Royal Marine – who needs his animals airlifted out too – and raged: “We have now to prioritise folks not pets.”
Pen Farthing has chartered a non-public airplane after Boris Johnson granted his 69 employees visas to come back to the UK.
He’s providing to take others caught on the airport and plans to retailer his critters within the cargo maintain.
However he claims he has since been “minimize off” by the British Authorities and is now holed up “in enemy-held territory”.
Talking on a fiery GMB from Kabul, the animal sanctuary proprietor stated: “We’re not asking for something, we’re not going to take the place of individuals – we’re really going to place extra folks than we’ve on the flight to get them out of this determined state of affairs.”
Holding up his canine Ewok for the digicam, he added: “He is going within the cargo maintain. Folks do not go within the cargo maintain.
“So if I do not take these animals then that flight will take off with an empty cargo maintain and I will should put all these animals to sleep.
Who’s Ben Wallace’s spouse Liza Cooke?
He married Liza Cooke in 2001, she labored as a part-time parliamentary assistant in his workplace till 30 April 2019.
They met when she was a researcher within the Scottish Parliament and Wallace was a MSP.
They dwell in Lancashire and in London.
They’ve three youngsters.