Former cabinet minister Stephen Crabb rebelled against the UK Government as its motion on overseas aid narrowly passed a Commons vote. 

MPs had the chance to restore aid spending to 0.7 per cent of national income by January 2022 by voting against the government’s updated rules on aid and overseas development. 

MPs backed the government but its majority was cut to just 35 votes with a number of Tory MPs rebelling.

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During the debate Mr Crabb, who served in the government until 2016, said he could not support a cut in overseas aid to 0.5 per cent of national income and would vote against the government.

Mr Crabb told the debate he feared 0.5 per cent would become the “default” spending on overseas aid and the cut would become “locked in”. 

The Conservative, who was first elected in 2005, said the wide ranging campaign to get the government to commit to 0.7 per cent, and which has been part of every Conservative manifesto since 2010, should not be overlooked. 

He said: “Enormous lobbying efforts were made by churches, trade unions, Women’s Institutes groups in all of our constituencies.

"There was demand for this and it required opposition front benchers to work with government front benches, it required opposition backbenchers to work with government backbenchers and for me it represented a really high watermark of what can be achieved when from this House of Commons.

“What is a difficult moment for us fiscally and politically is an absolutely tragic moment for the poorest people around the world for whom the pandemic has been the cause of another wave of dire poverty and suffering and that’s what we are really debating. It’s not difficult. 

“I’m very sad I won’t be able to support my government this afternoon but as I said I think that 0.7 per cent commitment we made all those years ago was the right thing to do. Sticking to it now is still the right thing to do.” 


Welsh Labour MPs Geraint Davies, Swansea West, and Newport West MP Ruth Jones also spoke against the government’s motion. 

Mr Davies said: “Let’s be clear we can afford to help those in greatest need more not less because the cost of UK borrowing is down since the pandemic.” 

Ms Jones said: “This is a scandal and we need to highlight this callous approach taken today.” 

Responding to the debate, UK Chancellor Rishi Sunak said the 2015 act which passed the 0.7 per cent figure into law always made provision for the possibility economic circumstances could require a reduction. 

He told MPs: “If that test is not being met in the aftermath of the worst economic shock in 300 years, surely it never will. This decision is categorically not a rejection of our global responsibilities.

"This year the UK will spend more than £10 billion on overseas development that’s more as a proportion of our national income than all but two of the G7 countries.” 

Following the vote, the Wales Overseas Agencies Group, which represents international development charities based in Wales, said it does not believe the conditions set out by the government will lead to a restoration of the 0.7 per cent figure. 

The body’s chair, Claire O’Shea, said: “The impossible rules set out by the chancellor mean that this cut to vital Overseas Development Aid is effectively indefinite and permanent.

"It is an abrogation of ‘Global Britain’ and morally reprehensible. 

“The short term impact on lives will be devastating. A few months ago, we asked for a clear roadmap back to our 0.7 per cent commitment.

"This is not a roadmap, but a fool’s errand. A fait accompli that demotes ‘Global Britain’ to ‘Little Britain’.” 

How did your MP vote?

MPs voting Aye (in agreement with the government) 

Sarah Atherton (Con Wrexham)

Simon Baynes (Con Clwyd South)

Alun Cairns (Con Vale of Glamorgan) 

Virgina Crosby (Con Yyns Mon) 

David TC Davies (Con Monmouth) 

Dr James Davies (Con Vale of Clwyd) 

Simon Hart (Con Carmarthen West and South Pembrokeshire) 

Fay Jones (Con Brecon and Radnorshire) 

David Jones (Con Clwyd West) 

Robin Millar (Con Aberconwy) 

Dr Jamie Wallis (Con Bridgend) 

Craig Williams (Con Montgomeryshire) 

Rob Roberts (Independent Delyn) 

MPs voting No (against the government)

Jessic Morden (Lab Newport East teller) 

Stephen Crabb (Con Preseli Pembrokeshire) 

Jonathan Edwards (Indepdendent Carmarthen East and Dinefwr) 

Tonia Antoniazzi (Lab Gower) 

Kevin Brennan (Lab Cardiff West) 

Chris Bryant (Lab Rhondda) 

Wayne David (Lab Caerphilly)  

Geraint Davies (Lab Coop Swansea West) 

Alex Davies-Jones (Lab Pontypridd) 

Stephen Doughty (Lab Coop Cardiff South and Penarth) 

Chris Elmore (Lab Ogmore) 

Chris Evans (Lab Coop Islwyn) 

Nia Griffiths (Lab Llanelli) 

Carolyn Harris (Lab Swansea East) 

Gerald Jones (Lab Merthyr and Rhymney) 

Ruth Jones (Lab Newport West) 

Stephen Kinnock (Lab Aberavon) 

Anna McMorrin (Lab Cardiff North) 

Christina Rees (Lab Coop Neath) 

Nick Smith (Lab Blaenau Gwent) 

Jo Stevens (Lab Cardiff Central) 

Mark Tami (Lab Alyn and Deeside) 

Nick Thomas-Symonds (Lab Torfaen) 

Beth Winter (Lab Cynon Valley) 

Ben Lake (Plaid Cymru Ceredigion) 

Liz Saville-Roberts (PC Dwyfor Meirionydd) 

Hywel Williams (PC Arfon) 

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