May begins Africa trip with nod to rightwing Tories on overseas aid | Politics


Theresa May will set a condition that the UK ensure its overseas aid spending matches “wider national security priorities” as well as tackling poverty, in a speech due to be delivered in Cape Town as she begins a three-day trip to Africa.

The prime minister will recommit to maintaining the aid budget at 0.7% of GDP, a pledge David Cameron originally made, but will seek to deflect criticism of the level of spending by the right of the Conservative party by saying it has to have a wider political and security purpose.

“I am unashamed about the need to ensure that our aid programme works for the UK. So today I am committing that our development spending will not only combat extreme poverty, but at the same time tackle global challenges and support our own national interest,” May will…

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