My top priority will be to secure maximum value for money in aid through greater transparency, rigorous independent evaluation and an unremitting focus on results.
Tackling deprivation around the world is a moral imperative and firmly in Britain’s national interest.
Libyans have to work together for a new Libya. They should keep in place the sinews of security.
It is vital that the entire international system is ready to meet the challenges of future disasters.
Climate change is having a dramatic effect on the ground.
Britain, today, educates 4.8 million primary school children in Britain. And we educate five million primary school children around the developing world, at a cost of 2.5 per cent of what we spend on British children.
All of Britain’s aid is spent in Britain’s national interests, and some of it contributes to Britain’s national security as well.
It is conflict overall that mires people in poverty. That is the first law of development.
In India there are more poor people in three states… than there are in the whole of sub-Saharan Africa.
The UK public have repeatedly shown enormous generosity to those in need.
I have apologised to the police.
You can see how an increase in the water level would wipe out hundreds of thousands of people’s homes.
Britain is doing brilliant things around the world and that is why I described as a ‘superpower on development.’
There’s nothing to be said for opposition. You can only talk about things and you can lay your plans. You can’t actually achieve very much; you have to be in government for that.
My argument is that charity does indeed start at home, but it doesn’t stop there.
There is a legitimate role for development education in the UK, but I do not believe these projects give the taxpayer value for money.