Behind the huffs, British aid has helped millions to a better life by Andrew Mitchell MP

I am genuinely sorry that my friend and colleague Grant Shapps formed such a poor opinion of British international development policy during his time as a minister at the Foreign Office and the Department for International Development (DfID).

His work to develop Energy Africa, the programme he referred to in this newspaper last week, is a valuable initiative bringing power to isolated communities and he is quite wrong to belittle his own efforts by suggesting DfID did not support it “because it did not involve spending vast amounts of money”.