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Margot Parker MEP has said the recent revelations about Oxfam have brought the country into disrepute and betrayed generous British people who have donated money

Delivered by Margot Parker, on 13 February 2018

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MARGOT Parker MEP has said the recent revelations about Oxfam have brought the country into disrepute and betrayed generous British people who have donated money.

The party's spokesperson on aid and international development said her party has always supported aid for the relief of disasters.

But she said action must be focused the immoral actions and misconduct of charity workers in the wake of the Oxfam scandal.

The East Midlands MEP said: "The recent revelations of immoral practice and misconduct have brought the UK into disrepute and have betrayed the many generous British public donors.

"Oxfam and other charities have no money of their own. Their funds come from UK taxpayers directly or via Government aid - ultimately workers for Oxfam and indeed all our charities working overseas are ambassadors for this country.

"If a UK citizen has a broken UK law wherever in the world he or she is employed, then they must be subject to the full weight of the law.

"If the UK is brought into disrepute by the actions of staff working for overseas aid organisations then they should be dismissed and then named on a register open to prospective employers to consult.

"I believe the focus of sanctions must be more on the person and less on the organisation. Cutting off UK tax funding to the charities is NOT the answer.

"Britain is respected the world over - to lose our charities who do so much good in disaster relief - would make the world much poorer."

 

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