WaterAid's response to news that Tory MPs are rebelling on the aid cuts ahead of G7

Posted by
Maya Verber
on
3 June 2021
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WaterAid has responded to news that a growing number of Conservative MPs have joined a rebellion over cuts to the government’s overseas aid programme.

30 MPs from the Conservative Party – including former prime minister Theresa May; Foreign Affairs Committee chair, Tom Tugendhat; former Brexit secretary David Davis; Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee chair, Neil Parish and Pauline Latham, member of the International Development Committee – will sign an amendment to the advanced research and invention agency bill which would effectively reverse the cuts.

The amendment is in the name of the former international development secretary Andrew Mitchell and the former Foreign Office adviser and newly elected MP Anthony Mangnall.

Chief Executive of WaterAid, Tim Wainwright, said:

“Many Conservative MPs have today made it clear that they do not agree with the government’s decision to slash the aid budget. These cuts go against a commitment enshrined in law by a Conservative prime minister who recognised the importance of development spending not just in saving and transforming lives, but also as part of Britain’s role in the world.

“Plans include an 80% reduction in spending on clean water, hygiene & sanitation – a proven public health measure for combatting COVID-19 – which will have disastrous knock-on effects for maternal and child health, girls’ education, tackling Anti-Microbial Resistance and preparing for the next pandemic.

“It’s just a few days before world leaders arrive in Cornwall for the G7 and the UK government is currently providing a depressing case study in how not to respond to the Covid-19 pandemic and climate crisis. No wonder even its own MPs have had enough of this unnecessary and unconscionable act of sabotage.”

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