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Aid budget to boost security - PM

Aid budget to boost security - PM
International aid should be directed to help boost Britain's security, David Cameron has said.

Speaking to reporters in India, the Prime Minister said DfID would cooperate with the Ministry of Defence to target trouble spots.

He said providing security and stability was an "important part" of international development.

"I think we have to demonstrate that the DfID budget is spent wisely," he said.

"It is obviously true that if we can help deliver security and help provide stability and help with stabilisation, that is the basis from which all development can proceed."

But Labour attacked the Prime Minister's comments today, calling them a "cynical attempt to appease his right wing backbenchers".

Shadow Development Secretary Ivan Lewis accused Mr Cameron of trying to "pander" to opposition from Tory MPs to honouring the 0.7 aid spending commitment.

He encouraged the Government to keep using most of the aid money for alleviating poverty, improving basic services and supporting job creation.

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