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20 July 2005

Barrett returned to powerful International Development Select Committee

John Barrett, Liberal Democrat MP for Edinburgh West, has been returned as a member of the House of Commons International Development Select Committee.

Mr Barrett was first appointed to the Committee in 2002. Since then, he has been part of key committee inquiries into the humanitarian crisis in Southern Africa, the importance of trade and development and the post war assistance provided to Iraq.

Commenting, Mr Barrett said:

“I am delighted to have been re-appointed to the Select Committee at a time when international development issues are right at the top of the political agenda.

“Since I became a member of the committee three years ago, I have been involved in number of important inquiries and produced a series of key reports. My membership has also allowed me to see first hand the suffering in places like Ethiopia and Malawi. It has been some of the most rewarding work I have done since being elected to Parliament.

“I now want to use my position on the new committee to ensure the pledges made at the G8 Summit at Gleneagles are turned into reality. I also want to see richer countries do even more to alleviate the suffering in the world’s poorest countries and to give people the tools they need to help themselves. 

“The Make Poverty History campaign showed that progress towards key development targets has been too slow. We need to increase aid, reform trade and cut debt. These will be the issues I will fight for as a member of the Committee.”

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