Boris Johnson refuses MPs vote on aid cuts in defiance of Speaker

G7 Foreign and Development Ministers Meeting

G7 Foreign and Development Ministers Meeting

They had suggested returning spending from 0.5% to 0.7% of national income next year through a bill dealing with the UK's new science agency. The cut amounts to around 4 billion pounds ($5.6 billion).

Ms May and others - including former global development secretary Andrew Mitchell and Commons defence committee chair Tobias Ellwood - will argue that the cuts threatens the lives of hundreds of thousands of people in poor countries and damage the UK's "soft power" overseas.

Johnson will host the first in-person summit in nearly two years of G7 leaders - which follows a meeting of the group's finance ministers which wrapped up earlier in the day - and said he would seek a pledge to hit the global vaccination goal.

Mitchell, a former global development secretary who led the rebellion, said he was confident that the numbers were there to overturn the government's 85-seat majority in the House of Commons.

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But in an unusually brutal slapdown for the PM, Sir Lindsay accused Mr Johnson of failing to show the Commons "the due respect which it deserves" and demanded an urgent and legally-binding vote on the cuts from 0.7 to 0.5 per cent of gross national income (GNI). Mr Johnson is hoping to put his best foot forward on the world stage as the leaders of wealthy democracies jet in for a three-day meeting in Cornwall from Friday.

"It is bitterly disappointing that parliament missed today's opportunity to vote on keeping its promise to voters and the world's most vulnerable people by restoring the 0.7% pledge", said Sam Nadel, head of policy and advocacy at the anti-poverty campaigning group Oxfam.

A group of Conservative rebel MPs has been thwarted in its bid to overturn £4bn of government cuts to the overseas aid budget.

"It's a life-and-death issue", former Labour Party Prime Minister Gordon Brown told the BBC.

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