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East Yorks MP calls foreign aid pledge "nonsense"

An East Yorkshire MP has said the Government's policy of spending a fixed proportion of national income on international aid is "nonsense".

Conservative MP David Davis, who represents Haltemprice and Howden, told delegates at the party's autumn conference that "most people" approve of foreign aid.

But he added the Government should only spend "what was needed".

The party is committed to putting into law a pledge to spend 0.7% of gross domestic product on international aid.

With one or two exceptions, like spending money on India and maybe China, most people when they think, actually think, about the use of aid broadly approve of it. When it's saving children from malaria, when it's saving children from dying from malnutrition, when it is rescuing countries that are in dire straights.

What I don't actually agree with the Government's policy on is the 0.7%. I think that is just nonsense. We should spend the money on aid that needs to b espent on aid.

– David Davis MP (Conservative, Haltemprice and Howden)