Modern Slavery

21st March 2017

On 14th March, MP for Enfield Southgate David Burrowes spoke in a debate about the detention of vulnerable people. Mr Burrowes has led the cross-party campaign to ensure detention is a ‘last resort’ and for exemptions for the most vulnerable people. Mr Burrowes efforts led to the Government’s committed to reduce the number of people in immigration detention.

On Tuesday, David called on the Government to speed this process up and said “victims of modern slavery must go free.”

Mr Burrowes highlighted the specific vulnerabilities of trafficked people, including the fact that many fear revealing facts about their abuse. He said “detention assessments focus on immigration factors to the extent that vulnerability concerns are downgraded”. Citing one case, My Burrowes “he has been left with long-lasting injuries and psychological trauma after being beaten by his traffickers. The Home Office accept that he is a torture survivor but have refused to release him. He has been detained for four months.”

The Minister, Robert Goodwill MP, said “Home Office staff working in all immigration removal centres have been trained as first responders to identify signs that individuals may be victims of trafficking or slavery”.

Easter Newsletter

Apart from Cadbury's most people recognise Easter, particularly Christians as we remember the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. A dedicated holiday on Good Friday highlights our enduring Christian heritage. As for me I will have contrasting experiences of Easter. On Good Friday I will attend the Greek Orthodox service at St Demetrios Church and join with many hundred in procession around the church. On Saturday 22nd April at 7.30pm I will be taking part in a dramatic presentation at my church in Enfield ( donning a wig and gown as a Defence Counsel in a case about the evidence for the Resurrection entitled 'Who moved the stone?'

I recognise my Jewish constituents are also celebrating a most significant time in their calendar remembering the Passover. For others it is simply a time to be with the family and eat lots of chocolate! However you will be celebrating Easter, I send you my best wishes.

David Burrowes MP


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Last Saturday of the month in the Barclays Bank offices above their branch at the Triangle in Palmers Green 2-4 Aldermans Hill (next door to Starbucks) from 9.30am to 11.30am.  Entrance to the offices is from within the Bank.

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