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BBC, 14 Jul 2021
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The government has fended off an attempt by MPs to force it to reverse its cut to spending on overseas aid.

The House of Commons voted by a majority of 35 to keep the budget for international development at 0.5% of national income.

But several Tory MPs joined Labour and other parties in an attempt to reinstate the 0.7% figure in place until earlier this year.

Ministers say the cut is needed to keep public debt down during the pandemic.

The government has faced cross-party criticism over the reduction - including from all the UK's living former prime ministers - which amounts to almost £4bn.

But what impact will the cut have? BBC Newsnight’s Nick Watt reports.

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