Gareth Snell MP

Labour and Co-operative MP for Stoke-on-Trent Central

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Modern Day Slavery happens in our communities and it is ruining the lives of up to fifteen thousand people in the UK and trapping twenty one million people across the world in inhumane and disgusting conditions. The Modern Day Slavery Act passed in 2015 and was designed to give government, he power to prosecute those forcing people into modern day slavery and protect their victims.

As the Guardian reported in 2015 it also laid out clear instructions and made clear the responsibilities of large companies to combat Modern Day Slavery and people trafficking. "Any business – or part of a business – that has a global turnover of £36m or more and supplies goods or services in the UK will have to produce and publish an annual slavery and trafficking statement in a “prominent” place on its website every year. The statement must set out what steps the organisation has taken to ensure there is no slavery in any part of its business, including its supply chains".

However, despite these good intentions, I'm concerned about what is being done to uphold these requirements and what action is being taken against those who are either willingly or unwittingly hindering the efforts to remove these awful practices. That's why I raised the issue with the government yesterday in the House of Commons and will watch the government's actions carefully.

Gareth Speaks in Parliament on Modern Day Slavery

Modern Day Slavery happens in our communities and it is ruining the lives of up to fifteen thousand people in the UK and trapping twenty one million people across the...

Last week I had the pleasure to join local members of the North Staffordshire Pensioners Convention and Stoke-on-Trent North MP Ruth Smeeth to support the TUC's campaign to protect the freedom pass. At a time when we are becoming increasingly aware about the social isolation of some of the older members of our community it is vital that we defend the bus pass.

Whether it is your link to local health services, shops or keeping in touch with family the freedom pass has proven to be an essential tool in fighting isolation.

In Stoke-on-Trent and North Staffordshire we already face significant problems in regards to our transport network. Bus subsidies have been cut and routes lost. If we are serious about having a fit for purpose public transport network, we must not only invest in our infrastructure but we must ensure the Freedom Pass remains universally available.

Gareth joins North Staffordshire Pensioner's Convention in supporting TUC Freedom Pass Campaign

Last week I had the pleasure to join local members of the North Staffordshire Pensioners Convention and Stoke-on-Trent North MP Ruth Smeeth to support the TUC's campaign to protect the...

Yesterday my colleague David Lammy MP gave a very powerful and damning indictment of the record of this government to its own citizens. He of course was talking about the appalling situation that has affected those collectively known as the 'Windrush generation. We know from those coming forward to their local MPs and BBC investigations that people have lost their jobs, rights to health and benefits and faced deportation despite being able to show they have paid tax and National Insurance for decades.

Yesterday the answers from the Home Secretary Amber Rudd to very simple questions and requests for assurances that no one would be deported were worrying and unsatisfactory. It's deeply alarming that a senior member of the government holding one of the key offices of state is so out of touch with the actions of her department. There were simply no answers to the number of people denied their rights as British citizens. Yesterday MP's were given the impression of an autonomous Home Office making decisions contrary to the words of the Home Secretary.

David referred to the situation as a 'National Day of Shame', he was right. This is a scandal, one created in Downing Street from poisonous right wing rhetoric has shaped government policy that is causing much hurt and pain to British citizens. I hope we will hear very soon that this situation is being resolved, but as I read the newspaper this morning I see more heartbreaking cases of threatened deportation. The Prime Minister and the Home Secretary must act now.

You can watch a clip from his speech here: https://www.facebook.com/garethforstoke/videos/2059427381004679/

The Windrush Generation

Yesterday my colleague David Lammy MP gave a very powerful and damning indictment of the record of this government to its own citizens. He of course was talking about the...


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