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Aid cuts ‘dismantling academic brilliance’, says Tory ex-Dfid chief

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Andrew Mitchell joins Russell Group and Universities UK in criticising “blow” to UK’s science leadership

A senior backbench Conservative MP has said the “academic brilliance” behind the UK’s international development work is being dismantled by the government’s decision to slash spending on overseas aid.

Speaking to Research Professional News, the former international development secretary Andrew Mitchell described the merging of the Department for International Development into the foreign office in 2020—which preceded the cut to the aid budget from 0.7 to 0.5 per cent of gross national income—as an “appalling decision”.

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