Labour MP Simon Danczuk has been accused of peddling a Ukip line by calling for overseas aid to be diverted to funding flood defences in the UK.
The Rochdale MP questioned why money was being sent to countries like Bangladesh when so many flood defences in northern England have failed to guard cities and homes from the heavy downpour over the Christmas weekend that has caused rivers to burst their banks.
His call was echoed by Nigel Farage, who said we must “start putting our own people first”.
This government has ring-fenced a ballooning foreign aid budget. Only UKIP would slash it. Let's start putting our own people first.— Nigel Farage (@Nigel_Farage) December 28, 2015
As our own people suffer, the government continues to send £12 billion abroad in foreign aid. Wrong. https://t.co/5PBvLzjxxP— Nigel Farage (@Nigel_Farage) December 28, 2015
Britain is one of few rich countries in the world to commit to the United Nations target of spending 0.7 per cent of its GDP on foreign aid every year.
The commitment has seen overseas aid spending rise to £12bn due to economic growth.
Speaking on BBC Manchester, Mr Danczuk said: "Why do we spend money in Bangladesh when it needs spending in Great Britain?
“What we need to do is to sort out the problems which are occurring here and not focus so much on developing countries. That has to be our priority."
He was immediately accused of sounding like a Ukip politician:
Danczuk peddles ukip line of cuts to international aid budget, ignoring Tory cuts of £250m to flood defence budget & £ms untapped EU relief.— Peter George Owen (@pgo1980) December 28, 2015
Simon Danczuk's comments on UK foreign aid sound like they were taken from a Ukip textbook.— Auld Lang Bretto (@TheBrettLeppard) December 28, 2015
I'm not one for throwing around Red Tory rhetoric but when Danczuk questions aid spending; seriously! what party should you be in? UKIP?— Jonny for Newbury (@JonnyforNewbury) December 28, 2015
@RichardJMurphy He should do us all a favour and defect to UKIP. I'm no fan of Corbyn but Danczuk is an embarrassment to Labour— AJ (@Lad87Red) December 28, 2015
On Monday lunchtime David Cameron visited flood-hit York, where he has come under fire for neglecting investment in flood defences.
Local newspaper editorials accused him of prioritising areas of the South with "state-of-the-art flood defences" and claimed the "completely avoidable" levels of flooding witnessed by Yorkshire would not be allowed to happen in London and the South East.Reuse content