Healthier, Safer, More Prosperous: The Case for British Leadership in International Development

Published on 27th September 2018, Healthier, Safer, More Prosperous: The Case for British Leadership in International Development is a joint collection of essays published by Conservative Friends of International Development and Save the Children UK.

Many of the pieces are based on the authors’ personal experiences of seeing the difference that UK aid makes first-hand, and they span issues from the protection of civilians in conflict to investment in girls’ education and the need for a new development bank. As we approach Conservative Party conference, this collection is an endorsement by parliamentarians from across the party of the case for a ‘Global Britain’ to be a compassionate Britain.

Conservative MPs call for British leadership in International Development

Twelve Conservative parliamentarians have penned essays making their case for the UK to uphold its leading role in international development, to be formally launched at the party’s conference in Birmingham next week.

Former Cabinet Minister Andrew Mitchell has used his piece to warn the Government that it risks being “on the wrong side of history” in the war in Yemen, fuelling the conflict with arms sales alongside its role as a leading aid donor, while Brexiteer Will Quince says aid should be focused on preventing crises rather than responding to them and Baroness Jenkin, who Founder of CFID and also co-founded the Women2Win group with the Prime Minister, makes a case favoured by Boris Johnson, pointing to the importance of girls’ education not only for their life-chances but for the development of their countries.

As Conservatives gather in Birmingham this week, the collection, titled Healthier, Safer, More Prosperous, is a reminder that there is a clear constituency of support on the Tory benches for the UK’s often-criticised aid role, from all wings of the party – it features pieces by vocal Brexit supporters Andrea Jenkyns and Desmond Swayne alongside close Ruth Davidson ally John Lamont and Cameron-confidante Mitchell.

Caroline Squire, director of Conservative Friends of International Development, who published the pamphlet alongside NGO Save the Children, said:

“Conservatives from across the party care deeply about this country’s role in helping the world’s poorest people, and this collection is a reminder of the breadth of issues in which British aid plays a crucial role.

From tackling marine plastics, as Vicky Ford argues for, to investment in infrastructure, highlighted by Jeremy Lefroy or Victoria Prentis’ focus on the protection of civilians in conflict – the UK has an immense footprint in making the world healthier, safer and more prosperous, and I’m delighted that we’ve been able to offer a platform to so many MPs and peers to celebrate it.”