War on Want chief slams aid charities for backing Short

War On Want's chief executive has criticised the main UK aid charities for their role in persuading Clare Short, secretary of state for international development, to stay in the Government.

Louise Richards said that the British Overseas Aid Group had been "misguided" to offer Short their support if she remained in the Cabinet. "They are saying there will be chaos and destruction and they want Short there to sort it out," said Richards.

"But the White House has said that the UN and UK won't really be involved in reconstruction. She won't be given much of a role and she has a tiny aid budget."

Short surprised observers by deciding to remain in the Cabinet last week despite an earlier promise to resign if the UK went to war without a second UN resolution.

- (See Iraq report, page 4)

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