I feel very strongly the UK Government decision to reduce the UK’s aid target was a profound mistake and a clear step backwards for our country. I voted with my Labour colleagues against the motion on the 13/07/2021 and was greatly disappointed to see the Bill pass. This is a worrying message to send in a year when the UK is hosting the G7 and Cop26 and people across the UK and the world are relying on British leadership.
This decision is indicative of a Government that can only look inwards and is blind to the world beyond our borders. We likely won’t see the true long term impacts of this decision for many years to come. The fact is this Government is making a political choice to cut development aid while at the same time waste billions on dodgy contracts, vanity projects and sheer incompetence. This isn’t a choice between helping the poorest parts of the world or helping those in need in the UK. We have the ability and moral responsibility as part of a global community to help those who need it most both at home and abroad.
I believe the 0.7% commitment is vital for achieving future shared prosperity, peace around the world and security. As a country, we have a proud reputation for supporting the global community. I will continue to campaign for an increase in our international aid budget and to make sure this reputation isn’t irreparably damaged.