UK Conservative leadership shuffle could jeopardize development assistance commitment
The UK Shadow International Development Minister for the Labour Party, Dan Carden, has warned that a looming Conservative party leadership contest puts the UK’s foreign assistance budget under threat. UK Prime Minister Theresa May has stated that she will stand down as Prime Minister once her Brexit deal is passed, but calls are growing within the Conservative Party for her to stand down earlier.
According to Carden, the ensuing leadership battle has candidates trying to appeal to the right-wing core of the Conservative party membership—cutting the foreign aid budget commitment is likely to appeal to this base. Potential leadership contenders, including Boris Johnson, former Foreign Minister, have clearly stated that they would reduce the UK's development budget.