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Cutting aid budget would hit UK influence, two former PMs say
  + stars: | 2020-11-21 | by ( Reuters Staff | ) www.reuters.com sentiment -0.99   time to read: +2 min
FILE PHOTO: Britain's former Prime Ministers Tony Blair and David Cameron attend a memorial service for Lord Paddy Ashdown at Westminster Abbey, in London, Britain September 10, 2019. “Abandoning the 0.7 target for aid would be a moral, strategic and political mistake,” Cameron, prime minister from 2010 to 2016 and a member of Johnson’s Conservative Party, said. The two former leaders argued that any move to cut spending on aid would undermine Britain’s position when it hosts the G7 summit in 2021. The decision comes as the country embarks on a new future outside the European Union. Blair, a Labour prime minister from 1997 to 2007 who introduced the 0.7% target, said the spending had tackled disease, boosted education and helped to increase living standards across large swathes of Africa.
Persons: Tony Blair, David Cameron, Paddy Ashdown, Chris J Ratcliffe, Boris Johnson, Johnson, Rishi Sunak, ” Cameron, Blair, , ” Johnson Organizations: Westminster Abbey, Telegraph, Johnson’s Conservative Party, European Union, Labour Locations: Westminster, London, Britain, British, Africa
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