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24 May 2007

Barrett signs up for anti-poverty campaign

John Barrett, Liberal Democrat MP for Edinburgh West, has today thrown his weight behind moves in parliament urging Tony Blair and the other G8 leaders to take real action to end global poverty and tackle climate change.

Mr Barrett has today added his support to a parliamentary motion calling for action on poverty and climate change ahead of the G8 Summit, which starts on 6th June.

Mr Barrett, Liberal Democrat spokesman on International Development, is calling for meaningful pledges on improved aid, trade justice, and for a strong focus on combating climate change.

John Barrett said: “It is vital that the G8 member states live up to their commitments to eradicate poverty and tackle climate change. I will be doing my bit to urge the UK government to take stronger action and use its influence in Europe and the G8.

“When over 200,000 people marched through the streets of Edinburgh for the G8 summit they were sending a message to world leaders that the global scar of world poverty must be healed. Two years on, it is clear that more urgent action is needed to tackle global poverty as over a billion people are still struggling to survive on less than $1 a day.

“It is now up to politicians to follow through on the promises made in Gleneagles and to give long-term commitments to tackling poverty throughout the world.”

Matt Phillips, Head of Campaigns at Save the Children, said: "It’s critical MPs back this campaign - words mean nothing without action. 2005 saw a huge public mandate for dramatic action to make poverty history. But we need more urgency because children are missing out on healthcare and education now. Rich countries must act, the world can't wait.”

 

Notes

John Barrett has signed EDM 1219

THE WORLD CAN'T WAIT APPEAL
That this House welcomes the Government’s leadership at the G8 summit in Gleneagles in 2005; notes with concern that at the halfway point of the Millennium Development Goals the world is off-track to meet the key targets on eradicating poverty by 2015; notes the continued public mandate for urgent political action to end poverty and climate chaos; calls on the Government to use its influence in Europe and within the G8 to ensure debt cancellation and more and better aid, trade justice, healthcare, education, water and sanitation for all, and firm plans to prevent catastrophic climate change and address its impact; and calls on the Government, Europe and the G8 to acknowledge that the world can't wait to make poverty history.

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