The Coalition Hosts Cross-Party Parliamentary Dinner on International Development


Author: Lauren Pizzey

The Coalition for Global Prosperity was delighted to host a cross-party dinner on International Development on 13th May in the House of Lords. The event brought together senior parliamentarians from all of the four major political parties, as well as representatives from the Labour Campaign to International Development (LCID), Conservative Friends of International Development (CFID), Liberal Democrats in Development (LDID) and the SNP to discuss the future of international development and how we can work together to alleviate global poverty.

Britain is at its best when it acts as a global leader in the development, and leverages British expertise to alleviate poverty, bringing freedom, security and prosperity to those who need it most. At a time when the UK’s role in the world is being redefined, it is vital that we work together to promote British values around the world
— Theo Clarke, Chief Executive at the Coalition for Global Prosperity

Attendees agreed that Britain is at its best when it acts as a global leader in development. This is not just about our values, and doing what it right, but about making the world a safer, healthier and better off place for all of us. 

Parliamentarians from across parties discussed how they could work together and agreed that development is an issue that unites them across party lines and that the world’s poorest should never be used as a political football.

Conversation focussed on the need to celebrate global progress on combating poverty, tackling climate change and promoting British values of democracy and freedom of the press around the world.