Sadiq Khan MP said:
“Alongside my Labour colleagues, I am supporting the International Development (Official Development Assistance Target) Bill and demanding that Ministers keep their promise to legislate on UK’s commitment to give 0.7% of Gross National Income (GNI) to Official Development Assistance.
“It was a Labour government that put this country on the road to fulfilling that historic commitment, it was Labour whose pledge to legislate forced the other two parties to follow suit, and it is Labour that has shouted loud and most often about this government’s failure to do so.
“I am extremely proud of our record on development. The last Labour government helped 3 million people out of poverty a year, and 40 million children into education, tripled aid, dropped the debt, and built international coalitions to secure agreements that were right for Britain and the world.
“With this Bill, a vote in Parliament can save lives across the world. British aid makes a huge difference to millions – we should be proud of what our generosity can do for those in need and what it says about us as a country.
“That’s why Labour will do everything we can to ensure that this Bill becomes a law. We know that many on the Tory right will do everything they can to hold us back, but whatever they do, the Labour party will not turn our back on those in need.”