Writing the foreword of a report by Bob Seely, Tory member of the foreign affairs select committee, and James Rogers, a strategist at the Henry Jackson Society thinktank, he suggested aid should “do more to serve the political and commercial interests” of Britain. The report called for the closure of DfID as a separate department and argued the UK should be free to to define its aid spending, unconstrained by criteria set by external organisations. Its purpose should be expanded from poverty reduction to include “the nation’s overall strategic goals”, the paper argued. It added the Foreign Office should incorporate both DfID and the trade department.
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