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Foreign aid cuts expose what the Tories really think - but Liberal Democrats pledge to keep fighting for the world's poorest

January 26, 2021 7:32 PM

Layla Moran in conversationLiberal Democrats foreign affairs spokesperson Layla Moran MP has reacted angrily to news that the Foreign Commonwealth and Development Office aid budget is to be cut by over 25%,

"These deep cuts to aid spending are incredibly concerning. The Foreign Secretary has assured us of the Government's priorities, but I just don't see how we can continue to deliver for the world's poorest if FCDO's aid budget allocation alone is being cut by over 25% compared to 2019/20.

"These cuts tell us what the Conservatives really think, and the lack of any detail on how these decisions were made and what they mean for programmes and initiatives is troubling. In the middle of a global pandemic we need to be stepping up and leading internationally to help the world build back better from this crisis. Instead, we're cutting money from core aid, research and development and more.

"The Liberal Democrats will never stop fighting to protect our aid budget and advocate for the world's poorest. The Foreign Secretary must come to the Commons at once to explain his written statement and be transparent about what these reductions mean.

"Developing nations are facing a deadly combination of crises caused by the coronavirus pandemic - between increasing food insecurity, stretched medical supplies, disrupted education and more. Cancelling developing countries' debt would provide much needed relief during this unprecedented time.
"The Conservative Government must prove it is committed to helping the world's poorest, and leaving no one behind.
"Liberal Democrats will continue to continue to advocate for the world's poorest and press the Government to reinstate 0.7% of Gross National Income as development assistance, which we enshrined in law."