The following letter to the UK government was published in the Sunday Telegraph on 17 July 2016: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/opinion/2016/07/16/letters-theresa-may-must-take-her-fight-against-injustice-across/
We strongly welcome the Prime Minister’s pledge to fight burning injustice while taking a bold new positive role on the world stage. These priorities are more important than ever as the UK negotiates to leave the EU. The referendum threw into sharp relief the social costs of globalisation, and the need to shape an inclusive, open society where everyone shares the benefits of global collaboration. That is why the Sustainable Development Goals – agreed last September with strong UK support – explicitly call for no one to be left behind, in any country. Fighting injustice at home is inseparably linked to fighting injustice globally.
An open, outward-looking Britain can take leadership on global efforts to protect the world’s most vulnerable – be it from enslavement, extreme poverty, corruption or violence.
The Prime Minister has called for Britain to be a country that works for everyone. Britain can also shape a world that works for everyone. A new government should take steps as soon as possible to demonstrate that we remain committed to this goal.
The Right Honourable Andrew Mitchell MP, Former Secretary of State for International Development (Conservative)
The Right Honourable Clare Short, Former Secretary of State for International Development (Labour)
Michael Anderson, Visiting Fellow, Center for Global Development
Owen Barder, Vice President and Director of CGD Europe, Center for Global Development
Nick Grono, Chief Executive Officer, The Freedom Fund
Mark Kenber, Managing Director, Mongoose Energy
Melissa Leach, Director, Institute of Development Studies
Andrew Rogerson, Senior Research Associate, ODI
Simon Maxwell, Senior Research Associate, ODI
Kevin Watkins, Chief Executive, Overseas Development Institute