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Unicef UK response to the publication of the manifestos for the three main political parties

Mike Penrose Unicef UK Executive Director responded to the publication of the manifestos for the three main political parties

“Now more than ever, the UK needs to show that it remains an influential and positive voice in the world.

“It speaks to the British character that the main parties have kept the promise on aid spending. UK aid is among the most effective in the world, protecting 20 million children from deadly diseases last year alone. The British public expect our aid to be spent on the children and families who need it most, so it is vital that the UK continues to respect the international rules that ensure this.

“Additionally, it is important that the next UK Government continues to provide protection to children fleeing conflict or persecution in line with international rules, no matter who they are or how they arrive in the UK. This is not the time to be doing less for refugee children.”

For more information please contact:

Unicef UK Media Team, 0207 375 6030, media@unicef.org.uk

About Unicef

Unicef is the world’s leading organisation for children, promoting the rights and wellbeing of every child, in everything we do. Together with our partners, we work in 190 countries and territories to translate that commitment into practical action, focusing special effort on reaching the most vulnerable and excluded children, to the benefit of all children, everywhere.

Unicef UK raises funds to protect children in danger, transform their lives and build a safer world for tomorrow’s children. As a registered charity we raise funds through donations from individuals, organisations and companies and we lobby and campaign to keep children safe. Unicef UK also runs programmes in schools, hospitals and with local authorities in the UK. For more information please visit unicef.org.uk

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