Since 1997 the UK has transformed into a world leader in the international development community. We have taken a lead role on a range of initiatives – from the Millennium Development Goals to cancelling the debt of some of the world’s poorest countries.
We have a record to be proud of – but there is still so much more to do. I see that regularly through my experience as a member of the House of Commons International Development Committee. That’s why it is so important that we keep up the pressure for action to tackle global poverty. We must both highlight our achievements and push the international development agenda forward.
I was a member of the International Development Committee (IDC) since 2005. The Committee is appointed by the House of Commons to examine the expenditure, administration and policy of the Department for International Development (DFID) and its associated public bodies. The Committee also takes an interest in the policies and procedures of the multilateral agencies and non-government organisations to which DFID contributes.
I also formerly represent the IDC on the Committees on Arms Export Controls and, from 2012 -2013, I chaired a Sub-Committee examining the work of the Independent Commission for Aid Impact, an independent body responsible for the scrutiny of UK aid which reports to Parliament through the IDC.