Conservative manifesto 2017: Tories open door to changing definition of international aid

Theresa May has opened the door to changing the definition of foreign aid while continuing to meet the 0.7 per cent target, raising fears funds will be diverted from some of the world’s poorest.

Despite reports of an internal battle within the Conservative party over whether to drop Britain’s spending commitment, the Prime Minister quashed speculation last month, saying the UK would honour the UN-backed target.

But the party’s manifesto – published on Thursday – adds Britain will attempt to renegotiate the rules of development assistance. “If that does not work, we will change the law to allow us to use

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