Mitchell hits out at Boris over aid

Birmingham Post - - NEWS -

FORMER In­ter­na­tional De­vel­op­ment Sec­re­tary An­drew Mitchell has crit­i­cised For­eign Sec­re­tary Boris John­son’s takeover of the for­eign aid bud­get.

The Mid­land Con­ser­va­tive MP ex­pressed con­cern about plans in the man­i­festo to change how the UK’s £13 bil­lion an­nual aid bud­get is spent.

The Prime Min­is­ter has ruled that two min­is­ters in the Depart­ment for In­ter­na­tional De­vel­op­ment should re­port to For­eign Sec­re­tary Boris John­son as well as to Priti Pa­tel, the In­ter­na­tional De­vel­op­ment Sec­re­tary.

But Mr Mitchell com­pared Mr John­son to a pi­rate.

Speak­ing in the House of Com­mons, he said: “There is some con­cern in the de­vel­op­ment com­mu­nity about the ap­par­ent dou­ble-hat­ting of For­eign Of­fice Min­is­ters to cover the Depart­ment for In­ter­na­tional De­vel­op­ment.

“If I may use a swash­buck­ling anal­ogy that might ap­peal to the For­eign Sec­re­tary, there is some fear that his eye has alighted on a plump galleon loaded with bul­lion and that he wishes to board that galleon and plun­der her cargo.”

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