Top Tory to host public meeting on global poverty

PUBLISHED: 12:17 23 October 2008 | UPDATED: 09:52 10 June 2010

THE Shadow Secretary of State for International Development, will co-host a special public meeting giving East Devon residents the chance to voice their concerns about global poverty.

THE Shadow Secretary of State for International Development, will co-host a special public meeting giving East Devon residents the chance to voice their concerns about global poverty.

Andrew Mitchell join East Devon Conservative MP Hugo Swire at the specially-convened public meeting at the Open Door Centre in Exmouth on Friday October 24.

The public event, in St Saviour's House on Church Street, will allow Andrew Mitchell the opportunity to outline Conservatives proposals for helping poor people in developing countries.

It will also allow members of the public to offer their views and ideas on how best to tackle the threat posed by global poverty.

The county of Devon has long-standing, strong links with International Development.

For example, in 1987 a group of Christian farmers in Devon founded Send A Cow, which provides livestock to farmers in Africa, while the charity Rapid UK, which provides experienced personnel at disaster sites anywhere in the world, has a base in Okehampton.

Speaking ahead of the meeting, Andrew Mitchell said: "I'm really looking forward to my visit to Exmouth and to hearing what local people think about how to help poor people in developing countries.

"Global poverty is an affront to all of our consciences, but I know that people across Britain are united by a common desire to tackle the injustice, poverty and waste of human potential that we see all around us.

"My view is that we need to ensure that every single penny of British taxpayers' money spent on aid delivers the maximum impact - but we also need to remember that the private sector is the engine of development, while conflict is its enemy.

"I've seen British charities all around the world doing really great work on the ground - like Send a Cow, which was actually started in Devon and extends a lifeline for poor farmers in Africa by providing them with livestock, training and advice."

Hugo Swire MP called on East Devon residents to take advantage of this "ideal opportunity."

He said: "This meeting is an ideal and exceptional opportunity for people in Devon to offer their thoughts on this very emotive issue.

"International development is an extremely important issue, one that we should not just be aware of, but also offering as many ideas as possible to help combat the growing threat from global poverty.

"I hope as many people as possible come along to the meeting and offer their views to Andrew and myself."

The public meeting will be held at The Open Door Centre, St Saviours House, Church Street, Exmouth on Friday, October 24. It will begin at 4pm sharp, so those attending are asked to be at the meeting room for 3.45pm.

Notes for editors:

Photograph of Andrew Mitchell attached.

For more information, please telephone Duncan Sandes, Conservative regional press officer for the South West, on 07773 020395.

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