Local MEP James Carver has welcomed the announcement that Parliament is to debate a petition calling for an end to spending a fixed amount on foreign aid.
The petition- “Stop spending a fixed 0.7 per cent slice of our national wealth on Foreign Aid” - is to be debated on June 13.
When petitions collect 100,000 names they become eligible for debate and this particular one has attracted more than 221,000 signatures.
“I am delighted that so many people took the time to sign this petition and that is to be debated as it is a subject millions of people in this country feel very strongly about.
“Brits are by their very nature generous and sympathetic to those in need but it is outrageous that Cameron had a minimum 0.7 % figure put on the statute book, particularly at such times of austerity.
“No-one is suggesting not providing foreign aid at all but it should be on a case-by-case basis for really deserving causes. It is an open secret that billions of it is wasted in countries with corrupt rulers,” said Mr Carver, UKIP Euro-MP.
“We should be free to have trade deals with whoever we choose instead of our hands being tied by the EU. Countries such as Somaliland would love to have such a deal and that would help them far more than hand outs,” he added.