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Andrew Smith MP backs Britain's life-saving promise to the world's poorest people

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Andrew will support in the Commons tomorrow the private member's bill to guarantee the amount of aid for some of the poorest countries of the world.


British aid saves a child's life every two minutes. Every day that aid makes a real difference to the poorest people's lives and livelihoods.


As a developed country, we have the power to support more people to access clean water, better healthcare, and a great education from the earliest age.


The International Development Bill before Parliament commits the Government of the day to use that power for good. It takes party politics out of this commitment to invest 0.7% of our national income on aid. By opting to honour our historic commitment, we rule out the need for annual debates on whether to keep it or not.


Andrew said, "I played a part in the Labour Government setting the UK on course to meet its commitment to invest 0.7% of national income in aid. I was re-elected in 2010 on a manifesto which promised to spend 0.7% of national income on aid and to put this commitment into law. I am backing this Private Member's Bill, which calls on the Coalition to follow Labour's lead in saving lives across the world."

 

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