Labour will today hold an Opposition Day Debate in the House of Commons on the Government’s approach to international development and climate change
Labour will use the debate to challenge the Government’s failure on international development. Under David Cameron the Department for International Development’s world-leading status has withered and ministers have failed to scrutinise properly the £1.8 billion of taxpayers money earmarked for private sector development.
The Tory-led Government has also failed to show leadership on climate change. The progress of the last 15 years in tackling poverty, improving health, food security and access to sanitation will be eroded if global temperatures are allowed to soar. Yet some Tory MPs refuse to acknowledge climate change is happening and the Tory-led Government have refused to support the inclusion of climate change as a standalone goal in the Sustainable Development Goals.
Mary Creagh MP, Labour’s Shadow Development Secretary, speaking ahead of the debate, said:
“This Government is failing some of the world’s poorest people. David Cameron has allowed Britain’s world leading status on development to wither. On climate change David Cameron is a prisoner of his divided party, split over whether climate change even exists.
“Despite being in the Coalition Agreement the Tories and Lib Dems failed to legislate for 0.7 per cent and it fell to Labour MPs to get it through the House of Commons. Ministers have allocated £1.8 billion for private sector development yet even their own aid watchdog can’t find out where it is being spent. If the Tories and Lib Dems don’t know where it is going then how can they measure if it is working?
“2015 is an historic year for development. Labour will return Britain to its place as a global leader on international development and climate change.”