An Oxfordshire MP has spoken out against the governments decision to cut aid spending.

The government has faced cross-party criticism over the reduction, which amounts to almost £4bn.

Responding to the Government winning a vote on its decision to cut aid spending in the House of Commons this afternoon, Layla Moran MP for Oxford West and Abingdon and Lib Dem International Development Spokesperson called the decision 'heartless'.

She said: “The Chancellor’s criteria for restoring aid spending in the future are cynical and heartless. Only once since the turn of the century have his two tests been met, and they won’t be met in this Parliament. He has reverse-engineered conditions which will enable a potentially permanent move away from the 0.7 per cent aid spending target.

“The Conservatives have broken their promise to the world’s poorest and to the British people and, as we saw in the Chesham and Amersham by election, voters in the blue wall won’t forget that. Today’s events make a mockery of Global Britain.

“The Liberal Democrats will continue to stand up for the 0.7 development spending target that we enshrined in law - as we’ve done for over 50 years.”

Boris Johnson defended the government's decision to cut foreign aid and said this is needed during the 'economic hurricane' caused by Covid.

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