Friday, 5 December 2014

Lib Dem MP celebrates victory on international aid target

MP Julian Huppert is celebrating victory after Parliament backed legislation he was co-sponsoring which commits 0.7 per cent of the country’s gross national income to overseas aid.

Britain was one of many countries which promised to hit this target in 1970, but it was only under this government that it was finally achieved, making us the first G7 country to do so.

“This legislation has been hard fought and it is time we made a commitment in law to meet this target,” said Julian. “This new law will save lives. It will allow us to provide aid and shelter to families fleeing countries torn apart by war and provide nutrition and better health for starving children. We will be able to buy vital medicines and equipment for countries fighting Ebola to help stop the spread of this deadly disease.

“I am delighted to have co-sponsored this Lib Dem-led Bill and to have won cross party support to get it passed. We agreed this aid target almost 45 years ago and have finally met that target thanks to the Lib Dems in government.

“Britain is leading the way on this and I hope it will be what is needed to encourage other G7 countries following. We cannot sit back while children are going hungry and families don’t have safe places to live when we can do something about it.”

The aid commitment was a Lib Dem general election manifesto promise and part of the 2010 coalition agreement.

The International Development (Official Development Assistance Target) Bill was led by Lib Dem ex-cabinet minister, Michael Moore, who topped the ballot for Private Member's Bills.