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Foreign aid: More Conservative rebels join bid to reverse cuts

Thirty Tory rebels, including former prime minister Theresa May, have now promised to back a bid to increase aid spending in 2022.

Next week's planned Commons vote will come in the same week the government hosts world leaders at the G7 summit.

A minister said despite the "temporary" cut, the UK remained "one of the largest donors of aid in the world".

The rebels want to restore aid spending to 0.7% of national income from next January, after ministers reduced it to 0.5% this year, a cut of almost £4bn.

The group is hoping to use a technical procedure, involving an amendment to a new law setting up the UK's new "high risk" science agency, to bring about the change. (BBC News)

Letter to our MP, Mike PenningMike Penning

Dear Mike,

Next week there will be a vote on an amendment proposed by Andrew Mitchell to reverse the cut in foreign aid. The effect of this vote, if successful, will be to reinstate the 0.7% of GDP which had previously been enshrined in law.  

At such a time as this, with poorer nations suffering under the weight of the Virus and climate change the need for support from countries such as ours is vital.

Imagine what a signal it would send to other countries as leaders gather for the G7 meeting. I realise the financial demands that the pandemic and lockdown has put on ourselves, but we are one world and where one part suffers others do as well.

I urge you to support the amendment.

Best wishes,

Paul Tucker

Chair, Christian Aid in Kings Langley

KL School raises funds for AIDS relief in Kenya

KL Shcool

Congratulations to the students in year 12 at Kings Langley School, for raising £222.51 for Christian Aid’s Kenya HIV project in 2020. They had some imaginative fund raising ideas including: ‘wear something red’ (Christian Aid’s colour) and a bake sale. This is particularly impressive as their efforts were disturbed by the pandemic. Thanks go to them and to All Saints and the Methodist Churches in Kings Langley who supported this. The really good news is that this was match funded  by USA Aid, 1:20 meaning that a magnificent total of £4,450.20 was raised. This will go to Christian Aid’s work amongst Kenya’s children affected by HIV and give them very real hope.