DAVID Cameron has hit back at foreign aid critics, arguing that even in tough economical times it is Britain's duty to help the world's poor and malnourished.
Ahead of a hunger summit being held in Downing Street on the closing day of the Olympics, Cameron today spoke of his hopes to tackle hunger, but admitted: "There's no one single answer to this."
Co-hosted with Michel Temer, the Brazilian vice-president, where the 2016 Games will take place, the Prime Minister will be hosting a meeting of world leaders gathered in London for the Olympics closing ceremony.
Defending the decision to spend taxpayers' money on overseas aid, despite overseeing a double-dip recession in the UK, Cameron said: "We are right to meet our aid commitments."
Talking about the summit, he told ITV1's Daybreak: "I wanted to do this during the Olympic Games.
"We are all thinking about the next gold medal, but there are millions of children around the world who are thinking, 'Am I going to get the next meal?'
Cameron added: "I think most people recognise that when there are 170 million people around the world suffering from malnutrition, when there are millions of people living on less than a dollar a day, even at a tough time in Britain, we are right to meet our aid commitments."
The comments follow the PM being dramatically scolded in a live radio interview by a cancer sufferer who demanded an explanation for why the UK spends £11bn a year on international aid when the cost of her treatment could not be met by her local authority.
The caller, whose name was given as Anna from Finchley, told Mr Cameron that her local health authority is "begging charities for money" in order to pay for the drugs she requires.
"It's a horrible feeling, waking every morning, waiting for £250,000 when we're giving billions away abroad. It's not fair," she said.
The Prime Minister responded by saying that health service funding had been increased and initiatives to help cancer sufferers afford new treatments had been put in place.
However, when he was pushed by LBC radio presenter Nick Ferrari, Cameron was forced to defend the foreign aid budget.
He said: "One thing we've done over the last couple of years is invest in vaccines and immunisations for children in the poorest countries in the world.
"That act alone has probably saved the lives of about 3million children.
He insisted: "We are having a tough time at the moment but we must keep promises to the poorest countries in the world."
WE SAY CHARITY BEGINS AT HOME MR CAMERON!!
SHAME ON YOU FOR SPENDING HARD WORKING TAX PAYERS MONEY ON EVERYTHING ELSE APART FROM THE VERY PEOPLE IN YOUR OWN COUNTRY THAT NEED HELP!!