Ivan Lewis – ‘a new agenda for development rooted in our values of social justice’

Ivan Lewis MP, who was recently appointed as Shadow International Development Minister, writes in The Guardian today on his excitement at taking up his new role.

Saying that social justice and development are central to Labour’s values, and how Labour’s vision for the future will be different from the Tories who see aid as charity, and arguing that he wants to play his part in identifying a new agenda for development rooted in our values of social justice and universal citizenship.

Striving for social justice, minimising poverty and supporting development across the world are central to Labour’s values. This inevitably means elements of our approach and vision for the future will be different from a Tory party that sees aid as charity and a detoxification vehicle for its brand. Its antipathy towards EU engagement and inherent suspicion of UK civil society remain impediments to progress.

Going onto criticise the lack of leadership from David Cameron at the G20 summit, something that LCID highlighted on Left Foot Forward last month.

As world leaders prepare to meet at the crucial G20 summit in Cannes, it is disappointing that David Cameron does not have a strategy to ensure the needs of the global south are high on the agenda. His refusal to engage in constructive dialogue about further work on a financial transaction tax is a source of particular regret. Any response to the global financial crisis must surely include a serious response to its impact on the poorest. It is to be hoped that the report to be presented by Bill Gates at the summit is taken seriously and acts as a catalyst for action.

Concluding by saying;

But I am determined that in the months and years ahead Labour will play a leading role in working with partners at home and abroad to identify a new agenda for development rooted in our values of social justice and universal citizenship that can rise to the challenges of the future.

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