Rowan Williams challenges politicians: Overseas aid is ‘choice between Little Britain and Global Britain’

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Former Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan WilliamsReuters

Former Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams has made a passionate appeal for the preservation of Britain’s foreign aid budget after Prime Minister Theresa May hinted on Wednesday she might cut it.

Asked at Prime Minister’s Questions by Conservative MP Richard Benyon whether she would commit to retaining the commitment to spending 0.7 per cent of gross national income on foreign aid, she declined to do so.

Among those who responded was Microsoft founder Bill Gates, who said: ‘We are hopeful that the commitment to 0.7 per cent – and things like neglected diseases – stays strong.’

Now Lord Williams, who is chair of Christian Aid, has raised the stakes in the debate over cutting aid, which right-wingers in May’s government are anxious to do.

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