The Liberal Democrat International Development Spokesperson defends the 0.7% aid budget, which came in during the Coalition government as a Private Members’ Bill and which has been criticised recently by both Conservative politicians and think tanks.
Liberal Democrat Spokesperson for International Development writes to defend the 0.7% of GNI target enshrined into law during the Coalition government, and says she “will speak out against Conservative on-the-sly efforts to dismantle DFID or change the nature of our aid”.
As Commonwealth Heads of Government meet, Baroness Sheehan calls for increased investment in malaria surveillance for a smarter approach to beating the disease.
The Lib Dem International Development spokesperson writes that the UK must 'lead the fight against institutionalised abuse wherever we find it' and calls for a wide and far-reaching independent inquiry into these matters to establish what happened and how widespread this behaviour was.
Liberal Democrat peer, Baroness Sheehan, says the Government's concerns over "pull factors" - such as funding to improve refugee camps - are "utter nonsense".