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Dan Carden: “Winning the aid debate is much more difficult now”

As part of Prospect's new aid supplement in partnership with Adam Smith International, the shadow international development secretary discusses how Labour plans to radically transform how Britain delivers aid

By Steve Bloomfield  

Cowdon's aid plans represent a break from New Labour's approach. Photo: PA

Dan Carden’s father was a Liverpool docker—indeed his family’s link to the docks goes back six generations. But when Carden was a child in the late 1990s, his father lost his job during the Liverpool dockers dispute. It was a battle that taught him about the idea of international solidarity—the Liverpool dockers were supported by dockers around the world who carried out solidarity strikes and raised money. That experience, Carden says, has helped shape his view of…

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