Former aid minister says she won’t give to Oxfam anymore as criminal charges loom against charity over sexual allegations

PRITI Patel has said she won't be donating to Oxfam again after charity sex abuse claims came to light – as Brits were urged to stop giving their cash.

The former International Development Secretary said she wouldn't give money to the charity again "in light of what I know".

She told LBC earlier today that it was a "personal choice" to give to charity.

Speaking to host Nick Ferrari she said: "I have to say candidly to your listeners, I would not give money to Oxfam in light of what I know.

"But it doesn't mean that I wouldn't give to any other organisations that are doing amazing work in terms of saving lives around the world."

Ms Patel, who quit government last year after secret Israeli meetings were revealed, said the aid sector "needs reform".

"The whole world needs to improve the way it does development, but we cannot turn a blind eye."

And she added: "We live in a very generous world, there are millions of children, people in conflict, in poverty, people that are unsafe and uncared for."

Ms Patel said earlier this week that department officials knew about sex abuse claims at the charity and tried to hush it up.

She spoke out against what she branded a “culture of denial” across the aid world that has been going on for years."

The stinging rebuke came as it emerged for the first time that a criminal investigation could be launched into the Oxfam allegations.

International Development Secretary Penny Mordaunt vowed that sex abusers operating in the charity sector would be brought to justice "no matter where they are".

She has summoned the National Crime Agency to look at how sex abuse criminals operating in the international charity sector can be hauled in front of UK courts.

Speaking this morning at an aid conference she said: "This past week has to be a wake up call. If we don’t want the actions of a minority of individuals to tarnish and endanger all the good work that we do, then we must all respond quickly and appropriately."

In a sign of the seriousness of the abuse allegations against Oxfam, she will meet the director general of the organised crime agency tomorrow to probe how it can better implement laws on sexual exploitation and abuse in the sector.

Ahead of the meeting she said: "While investigations have to be completed and any potential criminals prosecuted accordingly, what is clear is that the culture that allowed this to happen needs to change and it needs to change now."

And she's said Government will no longer fund the charity if they were found to have acted improperly.

The NCA said it had “closely monitored” the Oxfam allegations and said it was considering a “range of powers” at its disposable to investigate sexual offences committed outside the UK.

A spokesman said: "We look forward to discussion with colleagues in DFID and the Home Office and will consider how the NCA can assist with international safeguarding considerations in light of our global reach and will present our professional view on what more could or should be done.

They added: "We also have a memorandum of understanding with the Charity Commission and are meeting with them this week to assure ourselves that appropriate action has been taken with all the safeguarding material in their possession."

Last weekend it was revealed the aid charity were involved in a prostitution scandal in Haiti.

Its deputy head Penny Lawrence has quit over claims aid workers paid for sex while on a mission to help those affected by the 2010 earthquake.

More than 120 alleged incidents of sexual harassment have been reported in nine years at embattled Oxfam's shops, it has been claimed.

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