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Nick Clegg: increased aid for Pakistan

Clegg - boosting Pakistan aid

Britain will “dramatically increase” the amount of aid it is providing to Pakistan’s flood victims, Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg announced to the Liberal Democrat conference in Liverpool yesterday.

Responding to a question from BME member Qassim Afzal about influencing more help from the UK and the international community, Nick Clegg said:

“It’s a catastrophe the scale of which we have barely ever encountered before. Today, I can announce we will dramatically be increasing the government aid we’re providing.”

The announcement follows Nick Clegg’s recent visit to the flooded country and while the deputy prime minister did not give any figures for the aid, he said that it was ‘‘on top of the 60 million pounds we’re already providing” and will be used to provide temporary school facilities for displaced children, to help farmers replace livestock and crops and provide more support for the emergency efforts in southern Pakistan.

Nick Clegg also told the conference that the government was receiving help from British Pakistanis to improve the UK’s work in Pakistan.

“We have got the support of a very vibrant Pakistani community in the UK who are ideally placed to make sure those links are deepened.” He said

By Davina Kirwan

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