The Government has slashed aid spending to some of the world’s poorest countries (Image: Reuters)

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Boris Johnson has seen off a Tory rebellion against cruel cuts to aid to the world's poorest – which could continue for years.

The motion was passed by 333 votes to 298, as a band of Tory rebels failed to defeat the Government.

Mr Johnson kicked off the debate by warning that the public finances were under a "greater strain than ever before in peacetime history".

He said: "Every pound we spend on aid has to be borrowed and, in fact, represents not our money but money that we're taking from future generations."

The Prime Minister earlier urged MPs to back a motion reversing his cut in aid to developing countries from 0.7% to 0.5% of national income.

But Tory rebels and campaigners were furious as it emerged that it may not actually reverse the cut for years.

Boris Johnson faced furious criticism from his own MPs over the decision to slash spending on overseas aid
(Image: Sky)

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Danny Sriskandarajah, Oxfam GB chief executive, described the result as a "disaster for the world's poorest people".

He said: "The cuts to UK aid are having a direct impact on thousands of lives today, and a delay in restoring aid will be felt for generations to come in parts of the world ravaged by conflict, climate change, and COVID-19 pandemic.

“We are seeing a yawning gap between the rhetoric of ‘Global Britain’ and the reality of a government breaking its promises to the world’s poorest and further undermining the UK’s credibility on the international stage.

“These cuts won’t balance the books; the Government is putting politics above the lives of world’s most vulnerable communities.”

This breaking story is being updated.