Lilian Greenwood MP for Nottingham South has today joined Labour’s “Keep the .7/2013 promise” campaign.
The City MP joined Harriet Harman, Shadow Secretary of State for International Development, in calling on the Tory-led Government to keep its promise to spend .7% on aid by 2013 and to introduce the legislation they promised to make this a legally binding commitment.
Lilian Greenwood Labour MP for Nottingham South said:
“I am signing up to the Keep the Promise campaign because I believe that we must not turn our backs on the world’s poorest. Not only is it morally right but it is in our national interest to meet our aid promise”
“Our aid makes a huge difference to the lives of the poorest people of the world through building schools, protecting children from disease and helping alleviate the suffering caused by disasters like the Haiti earthquake”
“People in Nottingham have time and again shown their generosity – the government must match their efforts and keep the general election promise they made to increase aid to .7% of national income by 2013.”
Rt Hon Harriet Harman MP, Labour’s Shadow Secretary of State for International Development and Shadow Deputy Prime Minister said:
“The Keep the .7/2013 Promise” campaign sends a clear message about the importance of meeting the UK’s commitment to spending .7% of national income on aid by 2013. Around the world our aid has already made an enormous difference in helping people lift themselves out of poverty. We must not stop now.”
"The fact that the two parties of the Tory-led government agree on the .7/2013 target should not lull anyone into a false sense of security that its achievement is a foregone conclusion. The new government has already frozen aid for the next two years – that is £2.2 billion less for the world’s poorest people."
“We must ensure the .7/2013 commitment is not this Tory-led government’s next broken promise. Our campaign at KeepThePromise.co.uk will help make sure that doesn’t happen."