The government is in danger of blowing a golden opportunity to restore Britain to its historic role in the abolitionist movement.

When I helped bring the Modern Slavery Bill into parliament, the government was within touching distance of once again making Britain a world leader in the fight against slavery. But as things stand, the potential for such effective action against this evil practice is in danger of unravelling, thanks to the recent mishandling of the Bill by the prime minister, David Cameron.

The prime minister has balked at the ...


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