The Foreign Office is under siege tonight following the most astonishing allegations that its handling of the evacuation of Afghans after the Taliban seized control of Kabul was “dysfunctional and chaotic

The damning accusations were made by a former Foreign Office desk officer turned whistleblower, Raphael Marshall, in a written statement to the Foreign Affairs Committee.

Marshall said in his evidence that the process of choosing who could get flights out of Kabul had been arbitrary, that thousands of emails with calls for help went unread and that soldiers had been put in danger to help the animal charity, Nowzad, rather than rescuing vulnerable Afghans.