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Inside the Tory rebellion against foreign aid cuts

By Victoria Honeyman, Associate Professor of British Politics, University of Leeds
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It was Tony Blair’s government that originally committed the UK to donating 0.7% of its gross national income to overseas development aid. This was then put into legislation in 2015 by the David Cameron government, and both the Labour and Conservative Parties have remained committed to this spending.

As the figure is a percentage rather than an absolute…

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