I recently returned from an International Development Select Committee trip to Kenya and Tanzania.
We currently give Kenya and Tanzania £50 million and £150 million respectively each year in international aid, yet a great deal of what our money is being used for in Kenya could easily be provided by Microfinance.
All the local newspapers in Nairobi during our stay had stories about how the President and senior ministers are about to spend £100 million on buying new helicopters for themselves from Russia.
Can an incoming Conservative government really continue to give so much to Kenya?
British pensioners are cutting back on meals to save money as Kenya spends so much on luxuries for its government. And guess what the monthly salary and expenses package is for a Kenyan MP? It is £8,000!
The Conservative pledge today not to cut back on aid must therefore come with a review of which countries continue to get it.