AHEAD of the annual budget announcement, campaigners are calling on MPs to demand support for a drive promoting Enough Food For Everyone.
Supporters of the IF campaign gathered at the Oxfam charity shop in Ashbourne as part of a nationwide drive to urge MPs, including Derbyshire Dales member, Patrick McLoughlin, to help tackle hunger in this year’s budget.
Mr McLoughlin and other MPs across the East Midlands were asked to write to the Prime Minister, David Cameron, and the Chancellor of the Exchequer, George Osborne, to ensure they keep their promises on aid to poor countries and crack down on tax dodging by big companies.
Spokesman for the IF Campaign, Max Lawson, said: “Keeping our word and doing the right thing is part of Britain’s great culture and global reputation. This year, the government has an historic opportunity to keep the 43 year old promise to deliver what’s needed on development aid. We can be proud that, in the face of crises, the British public show great strength and generosity.
“Our government should match this spirit and continue the progress already made, saving lives, reducing poverty. We could be the generation to stop hunger. Aid on its own won’t do the whole job. This budget Osborne must force big companies to stop fiddling the system and spill the beans about the taxes they owe to developing countries.”