Jeremy Purvis: Aid backlash faced off in Lords (via Lib Dem Voice)

Lord Purvis
Lord Purvis

Last Friday I had to face off against serious opposition to Michael Moore’s International Development Private Members Bill (The 0.7% Bill) during its Committee Stage in the House of Lords.

It was clear from the Second Reading debate a few weeks ago that the overwhelming majority of Peers, across all Parties, support the aims behind Michael’s Bill. Its aim is simple- to enshrine in law our commitment to spending 0.7% of Gross National Income on International Aid, helping some of the world’s poorest people.

Led by Nigel Lawson, a small number of Peers tabled a large number of amendments. Variously damaging, unnecessary and ill-considered the House was not impressed. I responded to each with courtesy and clarity, as Michael did to the protagonists against in the Commons. All the amendments were withdrawn but further stages in the Lords remain.

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