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Policy rethinking in opposition

cut aid in response to homophobia, oppression of women, abuse of human rights, corruption or absence of democratisation (McNeill and Small, 2014 ). Several Shadow Secretaries of State – Lewis, Murphy, Abbott and Osamor – all endorsed at least some forms of conditionality. Lewis grappled with the issue most directly, arguing for ‘greater up-front conditionality in relation to human rights and corruption’ (Lewis, 2013a ). Indeed, Lewis argued that the UK should withdraw budget support for Rwanda in the wake of the UN report into eastern Congo, a move that was met

in Britain and Africa in the twenty-first century