FOREIGN aid should be slashed in half and the cash spent on police and schools instead, would-be PM Esther McVey said today.
The leadership contender called for a £7billion cut to the enormous aid budget as she launched her campaign for No10.
She said the money should be diverted to education and police after years of cuts.
And Ms McVey vowed to take Britain out of the EU with No Deal on October 31 in a warning shot to other candidates.
Speaking in Westminster, the ex-minister said it was “demoralising” being in the Tory party after Brexit was delayed, adding: “There’s no obvious light at the end of the tunnel.”
She added: “On October 31, we will be out. No more backsliding – and if that means without a deal, we’ll be out.”
Ms McVey vowed her policy would kill off Nigel Farage’s new party, saying: “If we deliver Brexit, there will be no need for a Brexit Party.”
She insisted she would deliver “blue-collar Conservatism” by redirecting cash towards voters’ top spending priorities.
The candidate said: “We need to immediately shift resources to match people’s needs and resources.
“We can fund this simply by returning spending on international aid to the levels under Labour we inherited in 2010.”
She proposed slashing £7billion from the aid budget – giving £4billion to schools and £3billion to the police.
Ms McVey added: “Every MP knows that what I’m proposing would make a real difference for their local communities.”
The ex-Work and Pensions Secretary is one of the first Tory MPs to declare openly they want to take over from Theresa May.
She insisted the next PM must be a passionate Brexiteer – hitting out at the likes of Jeremy Hunt and Sajid Javid.
Ms McVey is competing with Boris Johnson and Dominic Raab to be the hard Brexit candidate in the leadership election.