New overseas aid logo carries Union Flag

Steve Brine has welcomed news that a new British aid logo featuring the Union Flag is to be used on items such as water pumps, buildings and packets of grain.

The fresh logo, which states ''UK aid from the British people'', will help British taxpayers take the credit for overseas assistance programmes.

Andrew Mitchell, the International Development Secretary, said the logo had been designed in-house at no additional cost to the taxpayer, and would be implemented gradually as existing stocks ran down.

He said: ''I think it's important that all around the world where British aid is saving lives, transforming lives, that the British public, the British taxpayer gets the credit for this.

"There was a previous logo which cost £100,000 to develop which said 'aid from the Department for International Development'.

''We are replacing this at no cost with a flag that is identifiable all around the world to everybody and which says 'aid from the British people', which is what it is. It's going to enable us I think also to take the credit for these remarkable results which we are achieving around the world.''

Winchester & Chandler's Ford MP Steve Brine said: "This is good news. It is common sense to say that the aid comes from British people, rather than a government department, because it the British taxpayer who is funding this."

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