Responding to leaked plans that reveal the full extent of cuts to foreign aid, Liberal Democrat Spokesperson for Foreign Affairs and International Development Layla Moran said:
“For many vulnerable people around the world, the UK’s development spending has made the difference between life and death, and it stands as a testament to the best of British values. These shocking revelations are just a preview of what’s to come and tell us everything we need to know about the Government’s priorities.
“The Conservative Government’s short-sighted budget slashing not only breaks their promise to the British people and the world’s poorest, but makes a mockery of their global ambitions and our reputation on the world stage. How can we claim to be leaders when we’re cutting humanitarian aid so drastically to countries in conflict zones, undermining peace efforts and leaving people hungry?
“These are people and countries on the brink. The Liberal Democrats will stand up for our aid commitments, which we enshrined in law, and fight to stop the Government from enacting these unlawful and shameful cuts. We will work cross-party to restore the UK’s global reputation, and won’t let up in our efforts to hold the Government to account.”