Stephen highlights importance of Britain’s commitment to helping world’s poorest and most disadvantaged

Stephen spoke in Parliament on Friday, to praise the huge impact of British aid overseas and to highlight the importance of our continued commitment to helping the world’s poorest and most disadvantaged people.

The International Development (Official Development Assistance Target) Bill, which was being debated in the House of Commons, aims to enshrine in law the UK Government’s commitment to spend 0.7% of Gross National Income (GNI) on Official Development Assistance. Stephen is supporting this Bill, which passed its second reading on Friday, and has received many e-mails and letters from constituents and campaigning groups across Cardiff and Penarth on the subject.

Speaking before the debate, Stephen said: “Helping the world’s poorest people is not only our moral duty in this world of conflict, instability, climate change and many other challenges – it is in our common interest.

“I was personally part of the team that drafted a similar law in the last Labour government, but unfortunately we ran out of time to get it passed. I will therefore be delighted to finally see this measure passed.

“It will build on the progress we made in the previous Labour government, when our aid budget trebled, historic agreements were reached on debt reduction to some of the world’s poorest countries, three million people were helped out of poverty a year, and 40 million people into education.

“British aid changes and saves lives. It makes a huge difference to millions of people – from the provision of malaria nets or crisis support, through to programmes that empower women and girls or offer business support so people can work their way out of poverty.

“We should be proud of what our commitment can do for those in need and what it says about us as a country.”

A full transcript of the debate, including Stephen’s contributions, can be seen here and here





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