We’ve just heard that the vote on whether to keep or scrap the International Development Select Committee – the cross-party Parliamentary watchdog that scrutinises how the government spends our aid – will take place this or next week.
We need to keep that aid watchdog in order to hold the Tories to account for UK aid. Without the accountability and transparency that the watchdog helps ensure, there is a huge risk the Tories will divert money towards dodgy deals to secure favourable trade terms or arms deals – instead of keeping our aid focused on fighting poverty as it should be.
As this will be a ‘free vote’ we have a strong chance of winning this vote – but only if enough MPs of all parties vote for it!
It is important to ensure your MP knows the vote is happening, and why it’s vital they attend to vote in favour of it.
That’s where you come in. We need you to write to your MP to urge them to vote in favour of keeping the aid watchdog.
Copy and paste the template letter below, and go to this link to send your letter.
I am writing to you as a constituent to express my deep concern that the International Development Select Committee (IDC) is a risk of being lost, and to urge you to vote in favour of keeping the aid watchdog.
The International Development Committee is integral to holding the government to account on development, and ensuring that UK aid is spent on poverty reduction.
Since the merger of the Department for International Development with the Foreign & Commonwealth Office, the future of the International Development Committee — which is responsible for scrutiny of UK aid and Official Development Assistance expenditure, including by the FCDO — has been at risk of being abolished.
There will be a ‘free vote’ on keeping the IDC within the new few weeks. I appreciate you will be busier than ever trying to ensure that your constituents are kept safe and supported during this COVID lockdown. However I would be extremely grateful if you could find the time to vote in favour of keeping the committee when the vote takes place.