Today, Liz Truss was announced as the new prime minister of the UK, succeeding Boris Johnson. The Conservative MP for South West Norfolk was previously secretary of state for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs.
Responding to the announcement, Bond chief executive Stephanie Draper said:
“Congratulations to Liz Truss on her appointment as prime minister. The UK international development sector looks forward to building on its relationship with the former foreign secretary.
“Strong leadership is needed in this role to address the multitude of intersecting crises at home and abroad – like the rising cost of food and fuel pushing millions of people around the world, including East Africa, deeper into poverty and famine.
“Bold leadership includes having the resources available to both address and prevent the rising number of crises – in Ukraine, Pakistan and East Africa – due to conflict, poverty and climate change.
“Urgent action is needed to lift the cap on the UK aid budget and create a clear plan to get us back to the legally enshrined 0.7% of GNI. The new prime minister has the opportunity to salvage our reputation as a trusted global partner who delivers on our promises to the world’s most marginalised people.”
Notes to editors
- 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.
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