Theresa May has called a general election – and could use the opportunity to scrap Cameron's pledges
The Prime Minister told Britons they will return to the polls on June 8 in a bid to “unite” the nation before Brexit.
Now, as Labour and the Lib Dems launch campaigns to oust the Tories, Mrs May is looking to rid the party of Mr Cameron’s pledges, it has been claimed.
Questioned over her plans for the country as it prepares for the polls, Mrs May refused to reveal whether or not she will scrap her predecessor’s promise to spend 0.7 per cent of the nation’s annual income on foreign aid.
The Tory leader also kept quiet over expensive benefits to rich pensioners.
She told the Sun when pushed on the pledges in 2015: “You’ll have to wait, and read the manifesto when it comes, won’t you?
“We will put out in our manifesto how we wish to address all these issues.”
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The UK – the world’s third-biggest donor – spends £13billion per year on aid.
Recently Mrs May has stood by the commitment, which NGOs and charities worldwide heavily rely on in some of the poorest countries on the planet.
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Now, Mrs May’s own MPs have urged her to seize the opportunity to cut free from Cameron’s ghost and make her own spending policies.
Mrs May told The Sun: “What we will be doing is setting out for people where we think government should go after Brexit – what the country should be like, and what sort of country we want to be.”
Mrs May’s spokeswoman said overseas aid would be part of the review.
She said: “That will be the point when we set out our commitments moving forward – and commitments that will rightly be left for the manifesto.”
Mr Cameron’s promises, made with ex-Chancellor George Osborne, will see the foreign aid bill hit £16bn by 2020.
Mrs May refused to reveal whether or not she will spend 0.7% of annual income on foreign aid
Tory MP Jacob Rees Mogg said it was the perfect opportunity to make good on the policies.
He called it “an opportunity to refashion policy and drop some mistaken promises – especially overseas aid”.
Although MPs Philip Davies said he did not want to make promises that party “cannot keep”.
Labour’s John McDonnell, shadow chancellor, “honestly believes Labour will form a government”, he said this week.
On their own policies to be unveiled by Jeremy Corbyn, Mr McDonnell hinted they could include more taxes on big corporations and those who earn more than £70,000 annually.
Jeremy Corbyn, the Labour Party leader, is set for battle with Ms May ahead of the elections
Save the Children urged Ms May not to scrap the legal commitment.
A spokeswoman said: “Over the last 15 years, British aid has bought the mosquito nets that helped stop six million people dying from malaria, provided the equipment and training that ensured five million childbirths happened safely, and given 11 million children a chance in life by supporting them through education.
“There is cross-party support for 0.7 per cent precisely because it is important to have a standard measurement across countries, and across time, for the commitment we’re willing to make to the world’s poorest people.”