I agree with Theresa May! Modern slavery does exist – not least in work schemes for benefit claimants operated by the Conservative government.

Long-term readers will know that This Writer is a firm believer in leadership by example. If Mrs May wants people to believe she wants to fight modern slavery, then let her start with the schemes run by the Department for Work and Pensions.

If the DWP sends a benefit claimant to work for a company, then they should receive at least the minimum wage from that company while they are doing the work. Otherwise, they are being forced to work for the benefit of others rather than themselves, which is slavery.

Until she addresses her own government’s behaviour, Mrs May can never be taken seriously on the wider issues.

Over to you, Theresa.

Modern slavery will only be defeated by making more people aware of the horrific abuses going on in their own communities, Theresa May says today.

“It’s great that The Independent and Evening Standard have shone a light on this issue,” she said in an exclusive interview. “A vital part of the answer to this problem is to raise awareness of it.

Read more: Slaves on our Streets: UK needs to wake up to horrors of modern-day slavery, says Theresa May


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