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Tim Collins delivers Afghan aides petition to David Cameron

By Jennifer Cockerell

Major Tim Collins has delivered a petition with more than 55,000 signatures to Downing Street, demanding action from David Cameron to protect Afghan interpreters who served in Helmand with British troops.

He accompanied Winston Churchill's great-grandson, Alexander Perkins, who said the UK owes the interpreters a "huge debt" and they will be "sent to their deaths" if they are not at least offered asylum.

Earlier this year the Government proposed a relocation package for the interpreters which means those who served on the front line with British troops for more than a year could be eligible for a five-year visa to the UK.

Belfast-born Major Collins, famed for his rousing speech to his Royal Irish troops before the Iraq War, said the interpreters had been "more valuable to us than ammunition" during the Afghanistan conflict and many had already been murdered.

He said it was important the Government showed "the loyalty to them that they showed to us".

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