Letter I sent to my MP today on the overseas aid budget. Let’s not be foolish.
Dear Ben Spencer,
Please use your influence to persuade the government to maintain our overseas aid budget commitment at 0.7% of national income.
I believe that changing this policy would be a mistake, increasing the risks of extremism and forced migration around the world.
The policy was established when the budget was very tight, and I think the reasons for it remain compelling: to prevent selfishness and short-termism from hurting our own and others’ interests.
Please pass my letter on to the Chancellor.
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