West Berkshire MPs Must Join Tory Rebellion on Foreign Aid


Liberal Democrat Parliamentary Spokesperson for Newbury, Lee Dillon, is urging West Berkshire's Conservative MPs to join the growing rebellion against the Government's cuts to foreign aid spending.

Reports from the BBC suggest that a group of Conservative MPs intend to vote for an amendment to the Advanced Research and Invention Agency Bill on Monday 7th June which would reverse the Government's cuts to the foreign aid budget.

The 2019 Conservative manifesto included a commitment to continuing to spend 0.7% of Gross National Income (GNI) on foreign aid, which the Government recently abandoned.

Lee Dillon is urging the Conservative MPs who represent West Berkshire to join the group of Tory rebels, claiming that failing to do so would be "breaking a promise made to constituents, doing damage to the UK's reputation abroad and a betrayal of some of the world's poorest." 

Lee Dillon, Parliamentary Spokesperson for Newbury, said:

"West Berkshire's Conservative MPs must join their colleagues on Monday in voting for this amendment to reverse the Government's cuts to the foreign aid budget. This was a promise they made to their constituents and failure to do so would mean breaking that promise.

Abandoning our commitment to spending 0.7% of Gross National Income on foreign aid has meant not only abandoning those less fortunate than us around the world, but has also damaged our own interests - reducing our ability to defeat threats such as Covid-19, climate change and terrorism, and doing great harm to our reputation as a country who does our bit to help others.

The Liberal Democrats were proud to introduce the legislation that enshrined the 0.7% commitment in law and will be voting for the amendment on Monday.

Cutting foreign aid spending is damaging to the UK's reputation abroad and a betrayal of some of the world's poorest. West Berkshire's Tory MPs must put people before party loyalty, stay true to their promises, and join the Conservative rebellion."


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