During a Parliamentary Select Committee Inquiry into Afghanistan today I urged Ministers not to abandon the UK legacy of empowering women through education, to uphold the rights of minorities and to encourage Islamic scholars and religious leaders to challenge Taliban ideology.

Over the past two decades, more than 450 UK military personnel have died in Afghanistan.  Their sacrifice and significant UK support to build institutions includes a legacy of empowering women through education – and championing the rights of minorities - including...

Lord David Alton

For 18 years David Alton was a Member of the House of Commons and today he is an Independent Crossbench Life Peer in the UK House of Lords.

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The World Must Not Forget Andy Li And The Hong Kong 12

The World Must Not Forget Andy Li And The Hong Kong 12

With Andy Li During The Hong Kong Elections In the U.K. Parliament I have again asked the U.K. Government what information they have on the wellbeing of the 12 young prodemocracy activists from Hong Kong, arrested by China. I asked whether the U.K. has asked China to...

UK Aid programmes: heart and head, generous altruism and self-interest, must go hand in hand. These are the “smart power” reasons for sustaining our development programmes. Yes, improve oversight and value for money but don’t turn the clock back.

UK Aid programmes: heart and head, generous altruism and self-interest, must go hand in hand. These are the “smart power” reasons for sustaining our development programmes. Yes, improve oversight and value for money but don’t turn the clock back.

In 1970 the United Nations passed Resolution 2626. It stated that “Each economically advanced country will progressively increase its official development assistance to the developing countries and will exert its best efforts to reach a minimum net amount of 0.7...