Tag Archives: UK Labour Party

It’s right to question aid, but better to focus on effectiveness, rather than the 0.7%


Originally posted on Phil Vernon's blog:
A version of this post is on Huffington Post. In the UK, a parliamentary debate can be initiated by popular petition. On 13th June, Parliament will debate the proposition that the government’s approach…

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My take on Diane Abbott’s speech at the Labour Conference 2015


My comments in brackets and bold. Conference I am proud to stand before you as Labour’s Shadow Secretary of State for International Development. (You are very lucky to get this high position.) Because there is no issue that better illustrates … Continue reading

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When Google helps, Mary Creagh’s Written Questions


The new and last Shadow Secretary of State for International Development (unless the Labour Party loses the 2015 General Election), posted similar written question to the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO), the Ministry of Defence (MOD) and the Department for … Continue reading

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The Politics of International Development in major UK Political Parties


It is pretty well known that after the New Labour government won power in 1997, international or global development became a key priority issue of discussion amongst both the government and the legislature. Continue reading

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Dear DFID, could you bring back the old days?


So the UK’s esteemed Department for International Development (DFID) has moved to a fanciful new website (well that was a few months back) under the Tory-Lib Dem gov.uk domain. Personally, the new layout is terrible and every single old document, … Continue reading

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Yet another 0.7% related post: University of Birmingham perspective


And yet another “0.7/GNI” related post (see here) by me, this time on the University of Birmingham‘s main page, the “Perspective” section. It was not really my idea for it to be splashed on this section; I wanted it to … Continue reading

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Queen’s speech 2013: The 0.7% worry, no fuss


An extremely short blog post. Based on a…tweet! Ivan Lewis ‏@IvanLewis_MP Leaving 0.7 bill out of Queens speech shows Camerons weakness + lurch to right. + yet another eg of @nick_clegg’s impotence.#brokenpromise Again, I’ve no political affiliation. Nevertheless, I wonder … Continue reading

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Squaring the Circle: is it time to stop this 0.7% nonsense?


Originally posted on Phil Vernon's blog:
People and organisations in the UK’s overseas development sector are getting hot under the collar. This is because the government is not prioritising legislation to enshrine a perpetual commitment to spend 0.7% of UK Gross…

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How dare you not legislate 0.7%…


UK MPs are known, via the media, for having expenses scandals, complaining about intrusion into privacy or other little things which may result in their re-election or booting out. On the issue of spending 0.7% of GNI (or GDP or whatever measurement of an economy), however, almost all MPs are set on it so much that there was a furious debate on it being missed out as a legislation for the current parliamentary session 2012-2013. Continue reading

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All of Labour and International Development?


It’s often claimed in British politics that the Labour Party was the party that threw the refocus of the UK onto international development and that all its members, especially those in both houses–the House of Commons and the House of … Continue reading

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