Shockingly cynical move has ridden roughshod over the Government's manifesto commitment and left the UK’s international credibility in tatters.
Responding to the vote in the House of Commons on the written ministerial statement from the Treasury on international aid, Kevin Courtney, Joint General Secretary of the National Education Union, said:
“This is a shockingly cynical move. This Government was elected on a manifesto that committed to spending 0.7% of GNI on aid. This vote has ridden roughshod over that commitment and left the UK’s international credibility in tatters.
“The government’s conditions for a return to 0.7% are so myopically stringent that there is only one year in the last twenty that would have seen the UK implement the commitment. This vote therefore effectively brings an end to 0.7% – certainly under this government.
“Promising the world’s poorest girls that this government will champion their right to learn, only to then decimate overseas aid, is as repugnant as it is reckless.
“Tomorrow, children around the world will wake up reeling in the wake of this government’s broken promises. Tragically, in the months and years to come, many children will experience avoidable deaths where UK aid had previously been a lifeline."
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