3 March 2021

Responding to the Prime Minister’s response to the leader of the opposition’s question on the cuts to aid to Yemen during PMQs, Stephanie Draper, CEO of Bond, the UK network of organisations working in international development said: 

“It is alarming to hear the PM suggest that cutting aid by 60% to one of the world’s worst humanitarian crisis in Yemen shouldn’t be the focus of any questions during PMQs. The UK should not be balancing its books on the shoulders of families starving to death. This will damage Britain's standing in the world in a year when the UK is hosting G7 and COP26. The cuts must urgently be reversed before more lives are lost.”

ENDS

Notes to Editor

  1. During PMQs in response to The Leader of the Opposition's questions about aid cuts to Yemen, the Prime Minister stated: "He could have asked anything about the coronavirus pandemic, Mr Speaker, instead he's concentrated his questions, concentrated questions, entirely to the interests of the people of Yemen, Mr Speaker."
  2. The UK's aid budget to Yemen has been cut by nearly 60%: https://www.devex.com/news/uk-s-aid-budget-to-yemen-slashed-by-nearly-60-99281
  3. Bond is the UK network for organisations working in international development. Bond unites and supports a diverse network of over 400 civil society organisations from across the UK, and allies to help eradicate global poverty, inequality and injustice.
  4. For further information or interviews please contact Maryam Mohsin on 07555 336029 or [email protected]