British troops must not die for ‘corrupt Afghan election’, William Hague says

William Hague, the shadow Foreign Secretary, has said any appearance Britain was “rubber stamping” disputed or corrupt Afghanistan elections risk bringing more violence against British troops.

As Gordon Brown offered to host an international conference on Afghanistan that could draw up an “exit strategy” for British troops, the Conservatives appeared to broke cross-party consensus on Afghanistan.

Labour and the Conservatives have taken broadly similar positions on Afghanistan, but differences appear to be emerging over the presidential elections.

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