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 Labour’s Parliamentary Candidate for Sutton and Cheam, Emily Brothers has today backed moves enshrine the UK’s commitment to the world’s poorest people in law, completing a course set out by the last Labour government.
Today (05/12/14) The Commons will vote on a Bill to enshrine in law the UK’s promise to donate 0.7% of our Gross National Income to international aid – in line with aspiration first put forward over 40 years ago.
The Conservative Manifesto in 2010 committed to put the 0.7% measure into law and pledged to do so in the Coalition Agreement. However, the Tories and Lib Dem Government failed to bring forward a law. In November 2014, Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond said he did not see the need to write the commitment into legislation. This has raised concerns that right-wing Conservative MPs may try to block the law coming before parliament, which has been put forward by a backbencher.
Emily Brothers said:
“I’m proud to back Britain’s life-saving, life-changing aid programme and vote for this law to help some of the world’s most vulnerable people. The last Labour Government tripled the aid budget and dropped the debt, helping to lift three million people out of poverty each year and getting 40 million more children into school.
“British aid makes a huge difference to millions – we should be proud of what our generosity can do for those in need and what it says about us as a country.”
Mary Creagh MP, Labour’s Shadow Secretary of State for International Development, said:
“With this Bill, a vote in Parliament saves lives across the world.”
“Under Labour, Britain led the world on international development. The vote on 5 December 2014 is this Tory-led Government’s last chance to keep their promise to the world’s poorest people.
“David Cameron made meeting the 0.7 per cent aid target a symbol of the change he claimed to bring to the Tory party, so he should now state if he will support the 0.7% bill. With Ebola devastating West Africa and conflict rages in Syria and Iraq, now is not the time for another broken promise.”

On 5 December the House of Commons will vote on legislation to enshrine the UK’s commitment to donate 0.7% of Gross National Income (GNI) in Official Development Assistance (ODA) on Friday 5 December 2014.
 UK aid saves and changes lives - between 1997 and 2010 Labour:
• Helped lift 3 million people out of poverty each year;
• Helped to get some 40 million more children into school; Improved water or sanitation services for over 1.5 million people.

Photograph - Emily Brothers with Mary Creagh  holding IOD Board








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