As with previous leadership contests in 2010 and 2015, LCID will not be endorsing a leadership candidate in the current contest.
However we have asked candidates to sign the International pledge for 2016 Leadership candidates.
We are delighted that Owen Smith MP has signed the pledge and agreed to uphold the principles it contains.
We are awaiting a response from Jeremy Corbyn MP.
International pledge for 2016 Leadership candidates:
- I believe tackling poverty and inequality is what Labour governments are for. Any government I lead will take a ‘whole government’ approach to global justice, ensuring that our policies on tax, trade, climate change, home affairs, education, business regulation, defence, and security deliver for the world’s poorest people.
- I back British aid. I will ensure we spend 0.7% of GNI on aid and spend it well, focusing our aid exclusively and explicitly on tackling poverty and inequality, even in the hardest to reach places.
- I want DFID to be a development department, not just an aid administrator. I will ensure DFID is an innovative, independent department with a seat at the cabinet table and representation on all the relevant cabinet committees
- The Government I lead will pursue an ethical foreign policy and champion a progressive approach to humanitarian intervention in line with our international obligations, such as the UN’s Responsibility To Protect Civilians commitment.