Whilst the announcement that the Government was rolling back on its legal commitment to spend 0.7% of our Gross National Income (GNI) on International Aid was expected, it is still incredibly disappointing that the Conservatives are content to break a manifesto – and more importantly and moral – promise to the people of the UK and the developing world.
With a shrinking economy, the Foreign Secretary had already withdrawn funding from almost £3b worth of projects to concentrate on the ’40 most vulnerable countries’ in July following the decision to scrap the Department for International Development (DFiD) earlier in the year.
The news that the Government is increasing funding to the Armed Forces should be given a cautious welcome but with a huge caveat. With its budget cut year on year, the military are unable to keep pace with what they need to spend, so this feels a little like offering the police 20,000 new police officers to replace the 30,000 that they previously cut.
We were all saddened to learn of Baroness Maddock's passing last night and our thoughts are with her husband Alan and the rest of her family. Diana was a formidable woman in politics, nationally as well as locally. A party member for almost 50 years, and a councillor in Southampton before she shot to fame after winning the 1993 Christchurch by-election on one of the most sizeable swings ever seen 35.4%. She narrowly lost the seat in the general election of 1997 and was afterwards made a life peer and became Baroness Maddock of Christchurch. Diane also served two years as Party President of the Liberal Democrats at the turn of the millennium.
STATEMENT FOLLOWING THE GENERAL ELECTION HELD ON 12TH DECEMBER 2019:
"Let me begin by paying my tremendous thanks and appreciation to every single one of my campaign members and volunteers. I simply could not have run this election campaign without them.
"Whilst in this instance, we have not managed to successfully return MDNP to the Liberal Democrats, we have been able to spread the message of hope and the ideal of a brighter future.
"I will continue to fight every day for a brighter future for our area and continue to play an active part in our great community to help the lives of those around us.
"We may not have won this time, but I am confident, that we will soon see a Liberal Democrat MP for MDNP, once again.
"Thank you so much to everyone for their kind words and support, and together we can keep fighting to get the brighter future we all so truly deserve!"
- Vikki Slade, 13th December 2019
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