Despite Tory outcry, the PM says opponents of foreign aid cuts are “lefty.”
Despite prominent Conservative MPs leading the opposition to his £4 billion budget cut, Boris Johnson has claimed that “lefty propaganda” is behind criticisms on his foreign aid proposals.
The SNP accused the Prime Minister of being “on the run” not just from his “moral and legal responsibilities,” but also from his own backbenchers.
Former Prime Minister Theresa May is one of at least 30 Conservative MPs urging Mr Johnson to restore the budget from 0.5 percent to 0.7 percent of national revenue, as promised in the party’s 2019 general election platform.
Sir Lindsay Hoyle, the Speaker of the House of Commons, has expressed his wish for MPs to vote on the issue, but Downing Street has stated that it has “no plans” to do so.
“Later this week, the Prime Minister will walk into the G7 summit as the only leader cutting development funding to the world’s poorest,” SNP Westminster leader Ian Blackford said at Prime Minister’s Questions.
“At a time when global leadership is more needed than ever, this Tory government is abandoning millions of people who are still suffering from the Covid pandemic and a poverty pandemic.
“For months, the Prime Minister has been silent on this topic. This is a government that is fleeing its moral and legal duties, as well as its own backbenchers.
“However, the Prime Minister can no longer avoid this subject, and he can no longer avoid democracy in this House.
“Will he stand up today and commit to a straight vote on his brutal cuts in this House, as the Speaker has demanded? It’s a simple question, Prime Minister: yes or no?”
“I believe the answer is clear: the people of this nation… were given a vote on this and many other issues very recently, and I believe they adjudicated quite clearly in favor of the balance the Government is striking,” Mr Johnson responded.
We’ve spent more and will continue to spend more under this administration than Labour ever did.
“We’re in dire financial straits, but he shouldn’t believe it,” she says. (This is a brief piece.)