‘Oxfam’s next actions will be critical’ says MP

Portsmouth North MP and International Development Secretary Penny Mordaunt
Portsmouth North MP and International Development Secretary Penny Mordaunt

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DISGRACED charity Oxfam has agreed to temporarily withdraw from bidding for any new UK government funding according to a statement from Penny Mordaunt MP.

The International Development Secretary said the organisation had a long way to go before it could regain the trust of the British public.

A set of demands was put to Oxfam following recent sex scandal claims.

Ms Mordaunt said: ‘I made three demands: that they make clear how they will handle any forthcoming allegations around safeguarding — historic or live;

‘That they report staff members involved in this incident to their respective national governments; and that they fully cooperate with the Haitian authorities, including handing over all evidence they hold.

‘Oxfam has now confirmed that they have complied with all of these points.’

The charity has withdrawn bidding for new funding until DFID is satisfied that it can meet the standards expected.

Ms Mordaunt said: ‘We will not work with any organisation that does not live up to the high standards on safeguarding and protection that we require.

‘There are hundreds of good, brave and compassionate people working for Oxfam around the world.

‘They have been poorly served by Oxfam’s leadership team too.’

‘The actions and attitude of the organisation over the coming weeks will be critical.’