Friday 21 April 2017 / 3:38 PM 2017 Press Archive / The Latest from Labour

Kate Osamor responds to Theresa May announcement on spending 0.7 per cent of GNI on international development

Shadow
Secretary of State for International Development, Kate Osamor
, responding to Theresa May
announcement on spending 0.7 per cent of GNI on international development,
said:

“The
Tories have been cutting the aid budget by stealth for years, and they are now
arguing over whether to go even further by abandoning the international
definition of aid.

“The
Prime Minister needs to end this speculation immediately by confirming that the
Tories would continue to abide by the definition set out by the OECD.
Abandoning the globally recognised standard would undermine the purpose of the
0.7 per cent commitment and send a terrible signal to the rest of the world.

“The UK’s
commitment to help the world’s poorest is vital and should not be being called
into question in this way.”