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Ivan Lewis MP, Labour's Shadow Secretary of State for International Development, responding to David Cameron’s speech to the UN General Assembly today, said:

"Naturally we welcome the Prime Minister’s reaffirmation of the UK’s commitment to spend 0.7 per cent of gross national income on aid.

"However, when David Cameron is failing to meet his promise to enshrine this commitment in law, and when his biggest financial backer and newly appointed adviser Lord Ashcroft urged only last week that the aid budget be slashed, people will continue to worry that the Conservative Party's commitment is only skin deep.

"This makes it difficult for the Prime Minister to speak with authority when he urges other Governments to honour the 0.7 commitment."

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