In ten days time, on Friday 5th December, MPs can vote for a final time to enshrine in law Britain’s commitment to spend 0.7% of our GDP in law.
Thanks to you, the bill passed it’s 2nd reading back in September. Labour MPs made up the majority of MPs voting for the bill – we are grateful to all of them for their support, and to all of your who contacted them urging them to vote. Now we need your help again to ensure the aid bill passes it’s 3rd and final reading in the House of Commons.
Together with the creation of DFID, debt relief, and leading global efforts to try and secure fair trade and climate deals – the trebling of aid is one of Labour’s proudest achievement. By 2010 our aid was helping to lift 3 million people out of poverty, get 40 million children into school and help 3 million children access lifesaving HIV and AIDS drugs. It was a Labour Government that in 2005 set us on course to spend 0.7% by 2013.
The Tories promised to match our manifesto pledge to enshrine Britain’s aid spending in law, but they have failed to table the bill, and it is only a matter of time before Cameron caves in pressure from his backbenches and UKIP (as he has done on so many issues). Friday’s Private Members Bill vote is the final chance to get the law passed before the next election.
We need just 100 MPs to vote for the bill, but because it is on a Friday, many MPs will be back in their constituencies. We need your to help persuade them to stay and vote for what is a unique opportunity to protect our aid budget from being cut.
Please contact your MP today by phone, email (you can find their details here) or by tweeting them with the hashtag #turnupsavelives.
Passing this bill will secure a piece of our Party’s legacy – and ensure that in the coming years we in Britain continue to provide our fair share in the fight to make poverty history.
Thank you, and see you at our AGM tomorrow (6.30pm, House of Commons Committee Room CR15).
The LCID team.