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Watch Raab explain 'I was on the job, even when I was away'

Dominic Raab has defended his handling of the Afghanistan crisis, which unfolded while he was on holiday earlier this month, but admitted that "with hindsight" he would have returned to the UK sooner.

"When I was holed up in a hotel room … we secured the safe passage of over 9,000 people out. I think that shows you I was on the job, even when I was away," the Foreign Secretary said.

Raab has faced a barrage of criticism faced strong criticism for not returning from Crete when the situation in Afghanistan began to deteriorate and the Taliban took control of Kabul.

Speaking to Sky News he said: “The stuff about me being lounging around on the beach all day is just nonsense. The stuff about me paddleboarding – nonsense. The sea was actually closed, it was a red notice.”

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