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Ask your MP to turn up and save lives

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Will your MP save lives on Friday 5 December? Urge them to attend parliament and vote in favour of a bill to enshrine our 0.7% aid commitment in law - and honour our promise to fight poverty.

Friday 5 December 2014 could be a day that goes down in history. It's the day MPs will decide whether our promise to the world's poorest nations should become law.

Forty years ago, the UK and other rich countries made a promise to give 0.7% of gross national income to help put an end to poverty. Last year, for the first time, the Government honoured that promise, which we welcomed. But it shouldn't end there. We now have the opportunity to ensure our commitment becomes law - and saves lives for many years to come.

We're talking about less than a penny in every pound. But it can be the difference between life and death for millions of people.

Aid can and does save lives. It prevents life-threatening illnesses like malaria, helps us respond to emergencies like Ebola better and faster, makes childbirth safer and gets children into school. It ensures people have what they need to build a better future for themselves. By making our 0.7% commitment law, the UK can guarantee long-term investments that tackle the root causes of poverty.

The Aid Bill is about to have its Third Reading - a crucial stage in creating legislation. It needs the support of at least 100 MPs, then the Bill will be passed to the House of Lords before becoming law. By ensuring your MP turns up and votes in favour of this Bill, you can help make this happen.

So please urge your MP to stand up for the world's most vulnerable people. Ask them to attend parliament and vote in favour of the Aid Bill.

Two simple steps to make history

You can give the Aid Bill the best chance of being passed into law. Just take these two simple steps:

1. Write to your MP. You can use our template on the right or write to them in your own words, explaining why you want them to attend parliament and vote in favour of the Bill.

2. Let us know when you've sent the letter, and if you get a response.

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