Campaigns. It is important that I continue to know the strength of feeling on an issue and I prefer to respond to every inquiry, but the sheer size of campaign correspondence means that it is hard to justify to the tax payer the cost and time taken for individual written replies, so regrettably I will no longer reply to every item of campaign correspondence.  I will  post a response to the campaign on the "Responses to campaigns" page of my website.

I am sorry to do this, as it is rather impersonal, but can see no other way of maintaining a good service for all my constituents unless I approach campaigns this way.

27 JUN 2017

UK Aid Budget

Thank you for taking the time to email me about our aid budget.

I support our aid budget as it helps to reduce future costs to the UK by helping to stop countries becoming failed states and thereby adding to the humanitarian disasters unfolding around the world. I believe in particular in trying to support projects which support women and children's health, education and choice based contraception for women as limiting family size makes a real difference to the life chances of children.

I am afraid I am unable to attend the Global Citizen reception on the 28th of June at 6.30pm as I have prior commitment. However, I hope the following information on this topic from the Department for International Development is of interest:

Spending 0.7 per cent of gross national income on assistance to developing nations and international emergencies - alongside our commitment to spend 2 per cent of GDP on defence - delivers in our national interest. Britain should continue to play an active, leading role in the world, because our leadership in the world is the surest way to defend and advance the interests of the British people, and to extend around the world those values that we believe to be right.
Britain's aid spending has achieved many successes, of which we can all be proud. By building a safer, healthier, more prosperous world, we can also protect our own people from disease, conflict and instability. The Government is committed to ensuring UK Aid is invested firmly in our national interest, while keeping the promises it has made to the world's poorest people.

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