Foreign Policy & Aid


Our world faces many challenges. Extreme poverty continues to blight the lives of hundreds of millions, and wars continue to run rife in many countries. It is immoral for us to stand by and do nothing.

We are proud to have led on the campaign to spend 0.7% of GNI on international development aid, something we promised to do in 1970. As the former MP for Cambridge, Julian co-sponsored the legislation to write that into law, and remains committed to calling for UK aid to help tackle poverty and bring more stability to the world, making us all safer. 

Liberal Democrats are great believers in an ethical foreign policy, and have opposed military intervention overseas when it was not the right thing to do. We also have a moral obligation to help refugees and those who have displaced by conflict, including lone child refugees. Julian was the Chair of the All-party Parliamentary Group for Refugees, and worked with UNHCR, the Refugee Council and others to improve conditions for refugees. We have called for the UK to take 50,000 more refugees from Syria, as well as more lone children.

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