Alison Alexander, the Welsh Liberal Democrat spokesperson for Montgomeryshire, has urged MP Craig Williams not to break his election commitment on international development spending by voting to abandon the UK’s 0.7% of GNI target in a potential vote on 7th June.
In the 2019 General Election, all Conservative MPs including Craig Williams stood on a manifesto promise to “proudly maintain our commitment to spend 0.7 per cent of GNI on development”. The Government announced plans in 2020 to cut the development budget from 0.7% to 0.5% of GNI.
On Monday 7 June, if selected by the Speaker, a vote will be held in the House of Commons on whether to reinstate the 0.7% target.
Alison stated: “Montgomeryshire needs an MP who will keep their word. When Craig Williams stood for Parliament in 2019, he pledged to support the 0.7% target on aid spending. Now he as has an opportunity to deliver on that promise.
“If Mr Williams fails to support the target, they will be breaking a promise to the people of Montgomeryshire and the world’s poorest. With a number of Conservative MP’s already announcing they will rebel, every vote will matter and by putting morality ahead of a political career Mr William’s decision could have a huge impact on the millions of people around the world that need our help.
“The Liberal Democrats have supported international development spending for over sixty years and enshrined the 0.7% target into law in 2015. It is the right thing to do, both for the UK, and those who need our help.
“International aid not only saves the lives of real people, who are so much more than a statistic, but also helps us combat terrorism, tackle health crisis’, provides long-term investment opportunities, prevents unstainable migration waves and boosts the UK’s diplomatic influence around the world.”