Justine Greening: ‘Foreign policy isn’t just defence, it’s development’

The former International Development Secretary tells Roxanne Escobales about the importance of overseas aid commitments and why conservatism is failing the world.

The World Today Updated 20 December 2023 Published 1 December 2023 4 minute READ

Justine Greening

Former Secretary of State for Transport and Secretary of State for International Development

Roxanne Escobales

Former Editor, The World Today, Communications and Publishing

Justine Greening is a former Conservative MP for Putney who served as Secretary of State for Education, International Development and Transport as well as Minister for Women and Equalities before leaving Parliament in 2019 after rebelling over Brexit. Since then, she has campaigned for greater social mobility and equality of opportunity in Britain. Here, she talks to Roxanne Escobales about the changing face of Conservatism, the need to deliver fairer outcomes for the people of Britain and the crucial role the United Nations plays in facing up to increasingly global challenges.

You became a Conservative MP in 2005 and then in 2019 stood down after Brexit. What happened to the Conservative Party during that time?

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