The comments made by Preet Gill, the Shadow Secretary of State for International Development, on 1 March 2021.
Slashing life-saving support to the largest humanitarian crisis in the world in the middle of a pandemic when millions stand on the brink of famine is appalling. This callous move highlights a blatant disregard by this government to fulfil its moral duty.
This is a devastating reminder of the real world impact the Government’s politically motivated decision to abandon its manifesto commitment on aid will have on the world’s most vulnerable people.
Ministers must take long overdue action to stop arms sales to Saudi Arabia and in the Budget later this week, the Chancellor has a chance to emphasise Britain’s proud position as a country which supports those in need by reversing his decision to make the UK the only G7 nation to cut its aid budget.