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Theresa May has said she will maintain Britain's commitment to foreign aid after speculation it might be dropped from the Tory election manifesto.
"The 0.7% commitment remains and will remain," the PM said. "What we need to do though is to look at how that money is spent and make sure that we are able to spend that money in the most effective way."
ITV News Political Correspondent Paul Brand noted the PM's pledge as another "continuity" policy but added her comments suggest the money may not necessarily be ring-fenced.
Microsoft founder and global philanthropist Bill Gates was among figures calling on the PM to commit to the aid spending, telling ITV News that dropping it would cost lives.
The prime minister made the comments during a visit to a toothpaste factory in her Maidenhead constituency.
In a speech at the factory, she said the election offered voters a choice between "strong and stable leadership" under the Conservatives or a "coalition of chaos led by Jeremy Corbyn".
Labour's leader Jeremy Corbyn has set off on the campaign trail visiting marginal Tory seats.
A newly energised Mr Corbyn made a stop in Swindon, which has two seats - Swindon South and Swindon North - both key targets for Labour in the general election but where the party has yet to select its candidates.
Labour lost South Swindon to the Conservatives in 2010.
Later the Labour leader headed on to Bristol.
Nigel Farage will not stand in the general election because he believes he is better placed in Brussels to ensure a hard Brexit than he would be in Westminster.
Explaining his decision not to run for election, the former Ukip leader told ITV News he would be able to more effectively shape Brexit as an MEP because the European parliament will have the power to veto a Brexit deal.
"I think I can influence Brexit far more in Europe than I could sitting in the Commons," he said.
Mr Farage has stood for election as an MP seven times in the past, but has yet to be elected to Westminster.
Commenting on the French elections, the first round of which takes place on Sunday, Mr Farage said he expected right-winger Marine Le Pen to get through to the second round and that she could even become president.
"After what we saw in 2016 with Brexit and Trump, I'd say to people don't rule it out," he said.
Jeremy Corbyn has said that Labour will not offer to give voters a referendum on the final Brexit deal if they take power in the June 8 General Election.
A spokesman for the Labour leader said: "A second referendum is not our policy and it won't be in our manifesto".
It comes after shadow chancellor John McDonnell on Wednesday said the Government should "put the deal to Parliament and possibly to the country overall".
Mr Corbyn had dodged a question on the issue in his first keynote speech of the campaign.
A big Tory majority election victory would see Theresa May's government "walk all over Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland", First Minister of Wales Carwyn Jones has told ITV News.
He rejected the prime minister's justification for calling a snap election, saying: "This is not about trying to strengthen her hand with Europe. This is to centralise power in London."
Mr Jones backed Jeremy Corbyn's Labour campaign pledge to end the era of austerity.
"Austerity is a political choice, it's not an economic necessity," he told Wales Correspondent Rupert Evelyn.
"We've had seven years of it now ... and it's getting worse and worse and worse. I think people want an alternative and we've got to deliver that alternative."
Labour MP Helen Goodman has claimed the General Election on June 8 is "not about changing the Government".
In an interview with ITV News Political Correspondent Paul Brand, the MP for Bishop Auckland defended her assumption and said the poll is about preventing "dissent in this country."
She said: "I don't think that this election is about changing the Government.
"I think this election is about preventing the Tories from getting such an overwhelming majority that there is no possibility of dissent in this country."
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