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Boris Johnson appeared rattled when one of his own Tory backbenchers took him to task over the government's "terrible" cut to international aid.

Andrew Mitchell, who has been leading Conservative attempts to force a U-turn on ministers' £4.3 billion aid cut to the world's poorest, told the PM the move had "dented" Britain's reputation and risked countless avoidable deaths abroad.

Mr Johnson had been updating MPs on the UK's hosting of the G7 summit in Cornwall last week when Mr Mitchell intervened to say the aid cut had overshadowed the event.

"[The prime minister's] significant success at the G7 last weekend has sadly been dented by the fact that Britain is the only G7 country cutting vital international aid and doing so in the middle of a global pandemic," the former international development secretary said.

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"That decision is not only doing grave damage to the reputation of global Britain, it will also lead to more than 100,000 avoidable deaths, principally amongst women and children.

"Will [the PM] reflect on the fact that many of us in all parts of the parliamentary party are urging him to restore these terrible humanitarian cuts and that we are not as he suggested in prime minister's questions last week, leftie propagandists but his political friends, allies and supporters who want him to think again."

Chancellor Rishi Sunak backed the cut in aid before the budget earlier this year. The move is seen as popular among so-called 'red wall' voters who threw their weight behind the Conservative Party at the 2019 election.

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The PM was visibly angry as he turned to answer Mr Mitchell, telling him the aid cuts "have not been raised to me by anybody at the G7 nor by any recipient country".

He went on to defend the move, say the UK remained one of the "biggest donors in the world" and would be contributing £10bn this year.

He added: "We have just increased our spending on female education. That was something people did raise with me and they raised it to congratulate me on what the UK are doing."

SNP Westminster leader Ian Blackford also hit out at the aid cut, claiming the G7 showed “ Brexit Britain, a more isolated and a less influential place”.

He said: “This Prime Minister and his government are deeply diminished on the world stage. The UK is the only G7 country cutting overseas aid, the only G7 country being questioned about its commitment to previously signed international treaties and the UK remains the G7 country with the smallest Covid stimulus package.”

Mr Johnson replied that the summit was “fantastically successful”.

The Prime Minister also confirmed in an answer to former Tory minister Damian Green that vaccines donated internationally in 2022 will be in addition to the existing budget for aid.

Labour leader Keir Starmer, meanwhile, criticised the Tory leader in the wake of the G7 summit, calling him a “tour guide” rather than a statesman.

The Labour leader said the summit should have seen the government “resolve not inflame tensions” over the Northern Ireland Protocol, before telling MPs: “Despite all this I’ve no doubt the Prime Minister will be pleased with the G7 because it delivered everything that he wanted – some good headlines, some nice photos and even a row with the French over sausages.

“But that just shows how narrow the Prime Minister’s ambition for Britain really is. It’s why this was never going to be a Gleneagles-style success and why the Prime Minister played the role of host, but not leader, of tour guide but not statesman.

“On those terms, the G7 was a success – on any other, it was a failure.”

Mr Johnson hit back, accusing the Opposition leader of "a long career of miserablism and defeatism".