Human rights activist Malala also said she was “deeply disappointed” that Britain would cut foreign aid

Baroness Sugg, Minister for Overseas Territories and Sustainable Development, announced after Chancellor Rishi Sunak announced that spending on foreign aid would be cut from 0.7 percent of national income to 05 percent

The Prime Minister faces a Commons showdown with dozen of Tory MPs opposed to the cut

Five former Prime Ministers, David Cameron, Tony Blair, Theresa May, Sir John Major and Gordon Brown have also spoken out against reducing foreign aid

“Many in our country are facing major challenges because of the pandemic and I know the government will have to make very difficult decisions in response,” Baroness Sugg said in her resignation letter

“But I believe it is fundamentally wrong to give up our commitment to spend 07 percent of GNI on development

“This promise should be kept in both tough times and good times Given the link between our development spending and the health of our economy, the economic downturn has already resulted in significant cuts this year and I don’t think we have our support.” at a time of unprecedented global crises should further reduce ”

Baroness Sugg, who appeared in No. 10 was the Chief Operations Officer for Mr. Cameron, is Secretary of State at the & Development Office of the Commonwealth of State Department of State. She is Special Representative on Girls’ Education

As Minister, her responsibilities include overseas territories (excluding Falkland and Gibraltar) and polar regions, youth and education, including girls’ education, gender equality, and sexual and reproductive health and rights and rights of inclusive societies and sustainable development goals

Baroness Sugg also warned in her letter to Boris Johnson: “Cutting UK aid risks undermines your efforts to promote a global Britain and will reduce our power to influence other nations to do what is right”

I cannot support or defend this decision. It is therefore right that I offer my resignation “

UK Chancellor of the Exchequer, Rishi Sunak, leaves 11 Downing Street ahead of his House of Commons spending review speech

In response, Mr. Johnson thanked the Secretary of State for her “excellent service” and added that her “efforts to support the education of girls in particular have been critically important”

Nobel Prize-winning activist Malala Yousafzai took to Twitter to express disappointment at the news that foreign aid would be cut

“I am deeply disappointed with @BorisJohnson and @RishiSunak for choosing to give up the UK 0. 7% pledge to help – if a generation of girls rely on that support,” said Malala

“I hope you will think again about finding a way to reverse the cuts and protect girls’ education”

Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby said the foreign aid cut was “shameful and wrong” while Conservative former International Development Secretary Andrew Mitchell said it was “the cause of 100000 preventable deaths, mostly among children “

Meanwhile, Tory Peer and former Overseas Development Secretary Baroness Chalker von Wallasey said the cut was “a sad day”

She added, “When I think about what could be done with this amount of money, especially now with the spread of Covid, the spread of malaria and so many other diseases in Africa that may come to Europe … it seems to me Madness

“I hope the minister … will he explain in one syllable how bad this is, not only for the government but also for the country because the country will have abandoned the developing world?”

Announcing the relief budget cut in the House of Commons, Mr. Sunak said, “I stick to spending 07 percent of our national income on foreign aid is hard for the British people to justify, especially when we have the highest peacetime borrowing”

Instead of the existing target, Mr Sunak said 05 percent would be spent in 2021, around £ 10 billion

Baroness Sugg

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