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.
PM confirms UK will continue to spend 0.7% of GDP on foreign aid. Second 'continuity' policy in two days.
However, she also says she'll look at how it's spent. Which could mean siphoning more of it off in to defence budge… https://t.co/PmNPh7M6Vp
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.
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