This week in Parliament, I defended the importance of keeping the Department for International Development as a standalone department in government, after a certain Tory leadership candidate threaten to reduce the importance of our commitment to foreign aid and development.

One of Labour’s first acts in government in 1997 was to create a separate department for International Development. That’s because we take seriously our responsibility to help people across the planet achieve their potential. The Department for International Development helps support a staggering range of projects across the world: working to alleviate poverty; responding to disasters; promoting gender equality, and preventing the spread of diseases such as HIV and malaria.

I am proud of Labour’s record on International Development, and I know that we can only make progress on these global challenges (like meeting the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals) if we keep foreign aid and development as a standalone priority for government. That’s why rumours that Borison Johnson wants to scrap the department and make it an outpost of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office are so damaging.

I know there are Tory MPs like Lawrence Robertson who agree with me that the Department for International Development must stay. I hope those MPs can persuade the new Prime Minister – whoever he is – not to turn back the clock on this vital Labour legacy.

No rolling back on our commitment to International Development

This week in Parliament, I defended the importance of keeping the Department for International Development as a standalone department in government, after a certain Tory leadership candidate threaten to reduce the importance of our commitment to foreign aid and development.One of Labour's first acts in government in 1997 was to create a separate department for International Development. That's because we take seriously our responsibility to help people across the planet achieve their potential. The Department for International Development helps support a staggering range of projects across the world: working to alleviate poverty; responding to disasters; promoting gender equality, and preventing the spread of diseases such as HIV and malaria.I am proud of Labour’s record on International Development, and I know that we can only make progress on these global challenges (like meeting the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals) if we keep foreign aid and development as a standalone priority for government. That’s why rumours that Borison Johnson wants to scrap the department and make it an outpost of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office are so damaging.I know there are Tory MPs like Lawrence Robertson who agree with me that the Department for International Development must stay. I hope those MPs can persuade the new Prime Minister – whoever he is – not to turn back the clock on this vital Labour legacy.

Posted by Thangam Debbonaire MP for Bristol West on Thursday, July 4, 2019

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