Law to protect foreign aid rejected by Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond

‘Philip Hammond has rejected a “bizarre” plan to enshrine in law Britain’s commitment to spend billions of pounds every year on foreign aid.

The Foreign Secretary’s comments could prompt a row with the Liberal Democrats, who are attempting to force through legislation committing the Government to spending 0.7 per cent of GDP on foreign aid.

Mr Hammond said there is no need for a new law because the Government is already spending 0.7 per cent, which is a United Nations target.’

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