Theresa May opens door to dropping Britain's international aid target after election

The Prime Minister has opened the door to dropping the UK’s international aid target by refusing to confirm that it will be retained in the next Tory manifesto.

Theresa May declined to commit to the target when pressed by one of her own MPs at Prime Minister’s Questions today. 

The aid target of spending 0.7 per cent of GNI on development assistance is unpopular with some right-wing newspapers and politicians, but was supported by David Cameron’s government as a way of helping the poorest.

Conservative MP Richard Benyon said he was proud of both “the commitment to NATO to spend 2 per

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