MPs who backed aid cuts have ‘blood on their hands’, campaigners say
Date: 20 July 2021
Responding to the government’s victory on the aid cuts vote by 333 votes to 298, Daniel Willis, policy and campaigns manager at Global Justice Now, said:
“When the inevitable death and suffering from aid cuts hits the news, each and every MP who has voted to sever the UK’s 0.7% commitment should know that blood is on their hands.
“The kind of chicanery this government has used to dodge its international responsibilities lays bare the myth that these cuts are needed to balance public spending during the pandemic. 0.7% was already proportional. This bill only commits the government to deeper cuts.
“What’s left of the aid budget will be raided by the government for projects that protect British political and commercial interests, turning their backs on the rather than supporting world’s most marginalised communities. Today, claims of Global Britain ring hollow.”