UK PM calls on G7 to aim for global vaccination

Ruben Hill
June 9, 2021

On Tuesday Sir Lindsay approved an emergency debate on the issue, during which Tory rebels lined up to voice their concerns over £4 billion being wiped from the aid budget and to heap censure on ministers.

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He said maintaining the cuts would lead to "hundreds of thousands of avoidable deaths" in affected countries.

He will be hosting the first face-to-face G7 summit in two years from Friday to Sunday.

Mr Mitchell, one of the leaders of the rebellion, told ITV News that this would not be the end of the opposition to the cut.

Britain's Treasury has argued that the cut was necessary to free up cash to spend domestically at a time when the British economy is trying to recover ground lost during the coronavirus pandemic.

The government reduced aid spending from 0.7% to 0.5% of national income this year, without changing the 2015 law that made the target binding.

Former PM Theresa May is expected to lead a list of Tory grandees savaging the cut in a three-hour emergency debate in the House of Commons, in a humiliating spectacle for Mr Johnson just days before he chairs the G7 meeting of worldwide leaders in Cornwall.

"As the country prepares to welcome G-7 leaders, the government continues to undermine the U.K.'s credibility on the global stage while its commitments to the world's poorest are abandoned", he added.

Boris Johnson has escaped the potential of an immediate Commons defeat after a rebel amendment created to reverse the government's cuts to overseas aid was not selected for consideration by the Speaker.

Today, the prime minister's official spokeperson responded: "There are now no plans to bring forward a vote".

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