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UK aid budget cut unlawful, legal advice to Tory rebels says


Government could face judicial review if it does not reinstate its spending commitment, advice adds

The government will be in clear breach of the law and exposed to a judicial review if it presses ahead with a multibillion-pound cut in the UK’s foreign aid programme, according to legal advice given to Tory backbenchers.

Advice issued by the QC and peer Ken Macdonald said No 10 had acted outside the law when it abandoned its commitment to spend 0.7% of national income on aid.

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