Monday, 9 February 2015

Lib Dem bill for £11bn UK aid commitment passes House of Lords

Tory rebels failed to stop their party's immoral promise to force minimum targets on international aid by law with the passing of a bill requiring the British government to spend 0.7% of GDP (currently £11bn) on international aid.

A Lib Dem private members' bill signing up to the UN's target of all industrialised nations spending 0.7% of GDP on international aid passed through the House of Lords on Thursday despite the futile efforts of Tory rebels led by former Chancellor of the Exchequer, (Lord) Nigel Lawson to scupper it.

Meanwhile, a million people used food banks last year whilst India got £280m in aid from the UK in the same year it launched its own manned space rocket. Priorities?