UK Politics

Labour Party: We will not turn our back on the world’s poor – Alexander

News   •   Feb 18, 2010 08:30 GMT

Douglas Alexander MP, Labour’s International Development Secretary, today urged politicians to honour their promises to the world’s poor.

Figures released today by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development show that although Britain’s Labour Government is meeting its pledges from the 2005 Gleneagles Summit, not all of the G8 nations have made as much progress.

While the Gleneagles deal has resulted in an additional 28 billion dollars in aid – helping millions more into school and saving lives across the developing world - that is 21 billion dollars short of what was promised.

Douglas Alexander has made it clear that Labour will continue to meet its promises and go further still by putting our aid target into law.

Douglas Alexander is today urging the public to sign up to the campaign to get this law passed and to pressure the Conservatives, who have so far failed to pledge to introduce it, to match our commitment. Celebrities including Annie Lennox, Mariella Frostrup and Davina McCall have recorded a video in support of the campaign, which can be seen by clicking here.

Douglas Alexander said:

"It is vital that the international community keeps its promises to the world’s poorest and most vulnerable people. We cannot risk endangering the real successes that the world has made in the fight against global poverty.

"The Labour Government will not turn our back on the world’s poor who have been hit hard by the economic downturn. We have kept the promises we made at Gleneagles and we will go even further by enshrining in law our commitment to spend 0.7% of our Gross National Income on aid from 2013.

"Labour’s commitment to international development is clear, but the Tories’ is not. David Cameron refuses to match Labour’s commitment to bring in the new aid law and his Tory candidates do not prioritise protecting the international development budget from cuts.

"If you share my belief that rich countries have a moral duty and a shared interest in eradicating global poverty then back Labour’s proposed new law online at