PMQs: Johnson slams Blackford for ‘disgraceful’ contribution
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Prime Minister Boris Johnson has clashed with the SNP’s Westminster leader Ian Blackford over Britain’s contribution to international aid. Mr Blackford stood up in Parliament and attacked the British Government’s decision to cut the UK’s foreign aid budget. Mr Johnson was furious at the SNP MP’s remarks and began his response by telling MPs: “I think that the last contribution was absolutely disgraceful.”
The Prime Minister continued: “We have had to spend £407 billion supporting jobs, families, livelihoods throughout the country and yet we are continuing to support international vaccination.
“£1.6 billion this country has contributed to GABE I think £548 million to Covax.
“And let me just remind him of the statistic I mentioned earlier, one in three of the vaccines being distributed around the world to the poorest and the neediest come from the Oxford AstraZeneca supply.
“Does the name AstraZeneca continue to sick in his craw?”
Boris Johnson also dismissed attacks on the Government’s aid policy as “lefty propaganda.”
The PM told Mr Blackford: ” I think the answer is clear, the people of this country were given a vote on this and many other matters very recently.
“I think they adjudicated very firmly in favour of the balance the Government is striking.
“We’re in very, very difficult financial times, but he shouldn’t believe the lefty propaganda you hear from people opposite.
“We’re spending £10 billion overseas. All they want to do is run this country down when we’ve increased spending on girls’ education alone to almost half a billion pounds.”
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Meanwhile, Mr Blackford labelled the decision to slash international aid contribution as “inhumane.”
He added: “This Tory government is walking away from millions still struggling.
“This is a government on the run from their own moral and legal responsibilities, and on the run from their own backbenchers.”
It comes as a faction of Conservative backbench MPs including former Prime Minister Theresa May launched a bid to hold a vote on ditching the aid cut.
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