Conservative MPs are calling on Boris Johnson to revoke the decision to cut the UK`s international aid budget and have agreed to a vote.
The government had been trying to avoid putting the issue before the Commons and has been under fire from Conservatives for the £4 billion reductions on funding after the unprecedented impact of the coronavirus on the economy.
A decision to cut funding after years of being one of the few countries that stick to the international target of committing 0.7 percent of national income to aid spending had remained an issue of debate among the Conservatives.
A 50-strong group of northern Conservative MPs has demanded that if “real progress” is to take place, Boris Johnson must begin delivering on his leveling up agenda “at pace”.
Jake Berry, the chairman of the Northern Research Group (NRG)said: “We have been in lockdown longer than any other area of the country. It’s time for the government to show the north some love with a summer of leveling up for the north.
“People in the north want their children to be able to get a world-class education and then good, well-paying jobs locally rather than being forced to migrate southwards.”
In advance of the prime minister`s speech on Thursday, a government spokesperson said that Mr. Johnson was committed to “level up the UK and deliver a fairer, stronger society — one where whatever your background and wherever you live, everyone can access the opportunities they need to succeed.”