Tackling the devastating impact of modern slavery on victims and society as a whole is an issue that I have long highlighted in Parliament. Today I hosted a summit to shine a spot light on modern slavery in rural and agricultural communities. It was fantastic to welcome the Home Office Minister for Vulnerability, Safeguarding and Countering Extremism Sarah Newton MP to a modern slavery summit at The Boathouse, Wisbech. The event was chaired by the Rt Revd Stephen Conway Bishop of Ely and was attended by a number of stakeholder organisations such as Cambridgeshire Police, Human Trafficking Foundation, National Crime Agency, Gang Master Licencing authority and the NFU. Last year there was a total of 3,266 recorded victims of modern slavery in the UK and the aim of today’s summit was to identify the full scale of modern slavery in agricultural areas such as our own, resources and solutions to tackling this heinous crime.
I will continue to work with Government and other partner organisations to safeguard those who are most vulnerable in our society.