Last week Teresa met a delegation of people from Erith and Thamesmead to talk about international aid as part of the Tea Time for Change lobby in Westminster. The event was supported by ActionAid, Cafod, Christian Aid, Oxfam, Save the Children and Tearfund.
Over a cup of tea Teresa was quizzed on her support for international aid and committed to putting pressure on the coalition Government to keep their promises on aid.
“I was very pleased to meet local people at the lobby to talk about why the Government must keep its promises on aid. Not only is it morally right but it is in our national interest to tackle global poverty and inequality. I’ll be writing to the Prime Minister and the Chancellor to raise some of the issues we discussed at the meeting such as tax havens and the 0.7% commitment on aid spending.
“It’s not enough just to give aid though; we need to make sure it’s going into the right hands and is being used properly. The Government must take action to ensure greater transparency and accountability, including from the private sector. I’ve recently co-sponsored a Bill to clean up British exports and have joined the Corporate Responsibility Coalition group of MPs. So I will be looking at these issues in closer detail over the coming months.”