Kate Osamor MP, Labour's Shadow International Development Secretary, responding to Priti Patel's calls for more aid to be driven by the private sector, said:
"The International Development Secretary misses the point yet again. It would be catastrophic if we were to cut aid to countries where more than a third of children are physically and mentally stunted due to malnutrition."
"This is particularly surprising given that she has just returned from India. The latest World Bank figures for levels of malnutrition in India are that 38.7 per cent of children there are physically and mentally stunted. That limits the effectiveness of the workforce, which will cost the Indian economy billions of dollars and would mean it will continue to perform well below its potential."
"Rather than continuing with her ideological crusade for untrammelled market forces, which have failed in the developing world, Priti Patel should focus on supporting the campaign of World Bank President Jim Kim to cut malnutrition and stop turning the aid budget into a bargaining chip for human lives."