Isabel Hardman Isabel Hardman

Rishi Sunak tries to charm Tory rebels after the foreign aid cut

(Photo: Jessica Taylor / UK Parliament)

The government has won its vote on cutting international development spending from 0.7 per cent to 0.5 per cent of GDP. 333 MPs voted for the motion, with 290 MPs voting against.

The debate on the cut featured a number of politely furious arguments from Tory rebels, from Andrew Mitchell, who spoke of ‘the Chancellor’s silver tongue’ in trying to whittle down the numbers with a compromise, to David Davis, who called the cut ‘morally reprehensible’.

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