Chancellor defends cutting foreign aid budget in spending review

Politics

The chancellor has defended cutting the foreign aid budget, telling Sky News: “This is about trying to focus on the priorities that the British people have at a time of enormous difficulty.”

Speaking to Kay Burley, Rishi Sunak said the COVID-19 pandemic means he has had to make “difficult choices, of which aid was one of them”.

The chancellor has abandoned a Conservative manifesto commitment to fund the foreign aid budget at the equivalent of 0.7% of gross national income, instead cutting it to 0.5%.

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