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MPs to have “yes-no” vote on foreign aid cuts

MPs are to vote on the Government’s cut to Britain’s foreign aid budget.

It will be a straightforward “yes or no” vote.

The budget will either return to its 0.7% of national income or be fixed at a new rate of 0.5%.


The cut is to help ease the cost of the Covid-19 pandemic.

The Conservative manifesto for the 2019 general election committed the rate to stay at 0.7%.

Making the rate was made law in 2015, and it is an internationally recognised target.

Oxfam and ActionAid have warned projects are being curtailed as a result of the cuts.

Commons leader Jacob Rees-Mogg told MPs there would be a general debate on the issue.

He said: “It will be a yes or no answer.

“Does this House wish to see the public finances kept under reasonable control?

“Does it recognise there are limits to what we can do?”



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