Layla has raised concerns at reports that the Government wants Britain to withdraw from UNESCO, the UN cultural and education body.
The International Development Secretary, Penny Mordaunt, is reported to believe the UN education and culture scheme is bad value for money and the UK should leave the organisation.
The organisation works to contribute to peace and security by promoting international collaboration through educational, scientific and cultural reform.
Oxford University’s Bodleian Library has acted as a depository library for UNESCO publications, and has actively purchased material to complement the collection. It is also home to three UNESCO Memory of the World Register inscriptions.
Oxfordshire’s Blenheim Palace is one of several UNESCO World Heritage sites in the UK, giving it extra protections under international treaties.
Commenting local MP Layla Moran said:
“Withdrawing funding from UNESCO is yet another isolationist act proposed by this government, at the same time as they are attempting to withdraw the UK from the EU. Retreating from the international community sends a narrow-minded message that the UK doesn’t take its responsibilities to work with other countries seriously.
“Not only is UNESCO about international co-operation, it also aims to ensure quality education, diversity and dialogue, scientific advances and freedom of expression – all so important to our culture, society, research and the economy in Oxfordshire. Their work is supported by UK universities, including Oxford University who work alongside them and act as a depositary for their publications.
“Britain played a crucial role in the foundation of UNESCO. Quitting the organisation now in order to cosy up to President Trump who has already quit contradicts the Government’s vision of a so-called ‘Global Britain’. They must think again”.