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Tobias Ellwood has give up as chairman of the Commons Defence Select Committee, the Express understands.

The Tory MP got here below hearth in July over a video posted on social media praising Afghanistan as “transformed” throughout a visit to Helmand province.

In the widely-criticised clip, which was welcomed by the Taliban, Mr Ellwood urged the UK to re-engage with the nation.

The Bournemouth East MP in the present day attended a gathering with members of the committee, who tabled a movement of no confidence earlier than Parliament’s summer season recess.

Sources instructed the Express that Mr Ellwood resigned as chairman of the cross-party group of MPs.

The former solider beforehand admitted he “got it wrong” and deleted the clip.

Speaking in July, he instructed TalkTV: “It’s important to put your hand up and acknowledge errors, however well intentioned.

“I rise up, I converse my thoughts. I attempt to discover options particularly on the worldwide stage, and I’m very, very sorry that my reflection of my go to may have been significantly better worded and have been taken out of context.”

Mr Ellwood added: “I’ll be very clear the last couple of days have probably been the most miserable as a Member of Parliament. I got it wrong.”

Conservative members of the cross-party committee had condemned the “utterly bizarre” clip “lauding” the Taliban’s governance of Afghanistan.