Stephen Crabb and Huw Merriman: We need a distinctly Conservative vision for how we spend international aid

Article originally appeared in The Telegraph.

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.

What is less well asserted, at a time of debate and reflection within the party, is a Conservative vision for aid and development; a set of ideals to guide future policy and spending.  As the party which finally completed the long-term objective of successive UK governments to meet the international aid target, we believe there is a special duty on Conservatives to provide that vision...

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