This morning I joined Dover's current Labour MP Gwyn Prosser and the possible Lib Dem Parliamentary candidate, a very nice, knowledgeable and interesting man called John Brigden, at a lobby organised by Christian Aid. It was mainly about the Copenhagen Summit on climate change. We had a really interesting discussion about international aid, the development of cleaner power, reducing carbon dioxide emissions and helping developing nations keep carbon dioxide emissions low. We then did a photo together to draw attention to the need to tackle poverty.
I was struck by how much the Conservative Party has changed in the last ten years. Mr Prosser was understably keen to remind everyone that we haven't always been very good on international development. It's quite true. And that's a key change David Cameron has made to the Modern Conservatives. We will ringfence the international aid budget. We will help reduce emissions. We are concerned about poverty. Indeed, in many ways, we now lay claim to be the party of poverty.
As someone who has long been concerned by poverty, the rich poor divide, the level of child poverty and the need for us all the be engaged in the wider World, I am proud to be a Modern Conservative and a support of David Cameron's aims to tackle these issues for the long term good.
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