Vicky Foxcroft MP

Member of Parliament for Lewisham Deptford

International Affairs

Thank you to everyone who has contacted me recently regarding the UK Government’s commitment to spending 0.7% of Gross National Income (GNI) each year on Official Development Assistance.

As I am sure you are aware, during the 2010-15 Parliament, the UK became the first G7 country to enshrine in law a target to spend 0.7% of GNI on overseas aid and did so with cross-party support. The development and improvements in hundreds of millions of people’s lives that have resulted from this commitment have been a credit to humanity. For example, from 2010-15, British aid supported 11 million children through school and helped more than 60 million people to access clean water, better sanitation and improved hygiene conditions. UK support during the Ebola outbreak in West Africa in 2014, meanwhile, halted the spread of the disease. Such achievements should be a source of pride for everyone in the UK. I therefore remain profoundly committed to spending 0.7% of GNI on overseas aid.

I share people’s concerns at recent questioning of the UK’s foreign aid budget. It is worrying that while the Government has committed to maintaining the 0.7% target, its plans also suggest a shift away from the current cross-party consensus on international development. For example, the Government has stated its intention to attempt to change international definitions of development assistance. It has further stated that if it fails to do this, it will change the law to allow it to use its own definition of development assistance. I am concerned that this is an attempt to use overseas aid intended for poverty reduction for things such as security and counter-terrorism, and to plug funding gaps in other departments.

It is vital that we continue to abide by the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development definition of aid and use our overseas assistance to promote the economic development and welfare of developing countries. Abandoning this global standard would undermine the purpose of the 0.7% commitment and send the wrong message to the rest of the world.

0.7% Overseas Aid Target

Thank you to everyone who has contacted me recently regarding the UK Government’s commitment to spending 0.7% of Gross National Income (GNI) each year on Official Development Assistance. As I...

Many of you have contacted me with concerns about the continued detention of British prisoners in Iran. Last week I attended the Westminster Hall debate on British Prisoners in Iran, led by Tulip Siddiq MP. Earlier this year, I contacted the Foreign Secretary calling on him to take urgent action to secure the release of Mrs Zaghari-Ratcliffe (a former resident of Brockley) and other detainees and I will continue to press the Government to take action on this issue. 

British Prisoners in Iran

Many of you have contacted me with concerns about the continued detention of British prisoners in Iran. Last week I attended the Westminster Hall debate on British Prisoners in Iran,... Read more

Last month, the Government quietly dropped its obligation to the Dubs amendment – a pledge to resettle unaccompanied child refugees in the UK. Today, the Government reaffirmed its lack of commitment to refugee children by voting down a similar amendment to the Children and Social Work Bill.

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Government vote down Dubs amendment, again

Last month, the Government quietly dropped its obligation to the Dubs amendment – a pledge to resettle unaccompanied child refugees in the UK. Today, the Government reaffirmed its lack of... Read more

I have recently received many emails from constituents with grave concerns about the building of illegal Israeli settlements on the West Bank and in East Jerusalem. I was unfortunately unavailable to attend the debate on settlements earlier this month, but this is an issue which I also have strong concerns about.

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Israeli Settlements

I have recently received many emails from constituents with grave concerns about the building of illegal Israeli settlements on the West Bank and in East Jerusalem. I was unfortunately unavailable... Read more

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My constituents understandably have many concerns about how Brexit will affect our relationships with other countries. One recent campaign has highlighted the potential impact on trade with developing countries. I agree that this is an important issue. As the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) make clear, international trade has an important role to play in sustainable development.

Make Trade Fair Post-Brexit

My constituents understandably have many concerns about how Brexit will affect our relationships with other countries. One recent campaign has highlighted the potential impact on trade with developing countries. I... Read more

Many people have recently been in touch with me with concerns about the ongoing conflict and deteriorating humanitarian situation in Yemen. The civil war in Yemen has now been going on for almost two years. In that time, millions of people have been displaced and thousands of civilians have been killed. Before the war, Yemen was one of the poorest countries in the Arab world and this has dramatically worsened since. Much of Yemen’s infrastructure has been destroyed by airstrikes, including much of the Hudayah port disrupting the vital import of humanitarian supplies. Last year the world was shocked by pictures depicting the extent of the famine in Yemen, which is estimated to strongly affect at least 80% of the population.

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Air strikes in Sana'a, Yemen in 2015

The Conflict in Yemen and Arms Sales to Saudi Arabia *Updated 6/3/2017*

Many people have recently been in touch with me with concerns about the ongoing conflict and deteriorating humanitarian situation in Yemen. The civil war in Yemen has now been going... Read more


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As you some of you will be aware, there are a number of serious concerns around the continued detention of British-Iranian dual citizens Kamal Foroughi and Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe (a former resident of Brockley) in Iran. The Iranian Government does not recognise dual nationality of Iranian citizens and requests for consular access to detainees in that country have been rejected on these grounds.
 
The Labour Party has been pressing the Government to take action to secure the release of Mr Foroughi and Mrs Zaghari-Ratcliffe. I have added my name to the letter my colleague Tulip Siddiq MP has written to Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson urging him to do all he can to facilitate their immediate release.

Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe & Kamal Foroughi *Updated 17/01/17*

As you some of you will be aware, there are a number of serious concerns around the continued detention of British-Iranian dual citizens Kamal Foroughi and Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe (a former... Read more

I have received so many emails from constituents about Article 50. However, I've struggled to know whether or when to respond as we currently know so little about any action we can take. article_50flag.jpg

Article 50

I have received so many emails from constituents about Article 50. However, I've struggled to know whether or when to respond as we currently know so little about any action... Read more

In September I wrote to the Prime Minister on behalf of many concerned constituents, calling on her to do more to ensure child refugees arrive safely in the UK. When I wrote to her, barely any children had arrived since the passing of the Dubs amendment in May.

You can read the Prime Minister's full response to me here:

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Response from Prime Minister - refugee children

In September I wrote to the Prime Minister on behalf of many concerned constituents, calling on her to do more to ensure child refugees arrive safely in the UK. When... Read more

The refugee crisis in Europe is perhaps the biggest humanitarian crisis we have faced as a continent since World War II and more should be done to protect those most vulnerable: the unaccompanied refugee children who are living alone in camps across Europe.

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The Refugee Crisis - Reunification of Children

The refugee crisis in Europe is perhaps the biggest humanitarian crisis we have faced as a continent since World War II and more should be done to protect those most... Read more

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