Cabinet Minister Andrew Mitchell was at the centre of an foreign policy gaffe after he revealed confidential papers about Afghanistan as he walked out of Downing Street.
The Sutton Coldfield Conservative MP, Birmingham’s most senior politician as Secretary of State for International Development in Mr Cameron’s Government, accidentally left the documents on display in front of television cameras and photographers following a meeting in Number 10.
The documents contained comments on Afghanistan president Hamid Karzai’s plans to step down in 2014, stating it would “make politics in the country a better place”.
Confirmation that the British government has little respect for the President of Afghanistan will be seen as an embarrassing gaffe.
Sky News has pictures of the document, but has only published blurred versions of the papers.
The document also raised concerns about the decision by some international donors to suspend aid to Afghanistan, according to Sky News.
It suggested the decision could “destabilise” work that was currently being carried out in the country.
Mr Mitchell is the latest high-profile figure to be snapped with secret files on display.
Police chief Bob Quick resigned as Britain’s leading counter-terrorism officer in 2009 after accidentally displaying details of a secret operation to photographers.
Last November Chief Secretary to the Treasury Danny Alexander was pictured with a copy of the Government’s spending review document, revealing a potential 490,000 public sector job losses.
Former housing minister Caroline Flint was caught out when she was photographed with papers warning of a property crisis.