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Theresa May has committed the Tories to keeping a foreign aid spending promise

 

Theresa May committed the Conservatives to spending 0.7 per cent of GDP on foreign aid as Philip Hammond hinted at the prospect of tax rises.

The Prime Minister said the existing aid spending requirement “will remain” in a move at odds with some of her ministers who have urged her to ditch the commitment.

Mrs May said: “Let’s be clear. The 0.7% commitment remains and will remain.

Theresa May has committed the Tories to keeping the 0.7 per cent foreign aid spending target Credit: Leon Neal/Getty Images Europe

“What we need to do though is to look at how that money is spent and make sure that we are able to spend that money in the most effective way.”

Her comments came after Dr Rowan Williams, the former Archbishop of Canterbury, warned Mrs May against scrapping the target...

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