I believe in aid. I believe in the power it has to end disease, hunger and extreme poverty, to build strong economies and to help the world’s most vulnerable people live lives of dignity. Aid also allows us to influence and shape the world around us. Alongside our world-class defence and diplomacy, it provides the greatest return on investment for the taxpayer’s purse: to head off trouble before we have to intervene militarily or to handle a crisis, and to create opportunity, peace and prosperity.Read More
This year, a seventh consecutive Conservative manifesto committed to the UN’s target of spending 0.7 per cent of GNI on overseas aid. In 2017, as we set out to shape a new global role for the United Kingdom, our commitment to tackling hunger and disease in the poorest nations on earth is indisputably a cornerstone of modern Conservatism.Read More
As I stepped into the humid evening air at Uganda’s Entebbe Airport two weeks ago, I had no real idea of what I would experience.
Although it had been a long journey from the UK to Uganda, where more than one million Southern Sudanese refugees now live, there was a far greater distance between my expectations and reality.Read More
While the pressure from the international community has been intensifying on Myanmar, the border with Bangladesh remains a treacherous and congested route to safety for thousands of Rohingya fleeing for their lives.
As part of a week of social action with the Conservative Friends of Bangladesh, I have spent time with MPs and volunteers in and around the camps in Cox’s Bazar speaking to people who have been displaced from their burnt-out villages, aid workers and Bangladeshi government ministers.Read More
Britain’s commitment to aid offers great strength and stability. Aid helps to guarantee that, wherever Brexit leads, Britain will in this area, at least, hold its head high and make a practical contribution to the drive for a more secure and sustainable global order
Elections are a time to debate differences between parties. But sometimes it is important to highlight shared commitments. The confirmation of continued cross-party support for international development – symbolised and substantiated by spending 0.7 per cent of national income on aid – is noteworthy.Read More