UK: Johnson narrowly avoids Conservative rebellion over foreign aid budget cuts

Source: Sky News [UK]

“Boris Johnson has narrowly avoided a rebellion by some of his own Conservative Party MPs over cuts to the foreign aid budget. Thirty Tories, including former prime minister Theresa May and four other cabinet ministers, had backed a rebellion against the £4bn reduction and had hoped to force a vote on the matter. But Commons Speaker Sir Lindsay Hoyle ruled the amendment, proposed by Conservative former minister Andrew Mitchell, was ‘not in scope’ of the Advanced Research and Innovation Agency Bill. Noting that MPs have not had a chance to debate the matter, Sir Lindsay did however say he will accept applications for an emergency debate on the matter …. the proposed amendment intended to make the government commit to reinstating the 0.7% target from next year — from the funding for this agency if it is not met through alternative means.” (06/07/21)