• ONE’s campaign for real aid

    This country’s commitment to spending 0.7% of our national income on overseas aid is a clear expression of how deeply the UK public cares about eradicating poverty overseas. I believe we should continue to honour that commitment as well as using the UK’s global leadership to persuade other countries to do the same.

    I agree that reducing poverty is and always must remain a central objective for international development. It is therefore concerning that the Government has shifted the focus of the aid budget from poverty reduction alone to what it calls the ‘national interest’.

    I support an effective whole of government approach to international development policy that tackles the root causes of poverty, inequality and climate change, not just their symptoms. Labour would set a second twin objective for all international development work and spending: not only to reduce poverty, but also to reduce inequality.

    Finally, we must champion the principle of development effectiveness, striving to ensure that UK taxpayers and people in countries receiving our support get the greatest impact possible from every pound of aid spending.