Kent Messenger Column 26-10-17
One of the great privileges of Parliamentarians is the freedom to shine a light on causes that personally resonate. It is one of the aspects of an MP's work that I particularly enthuse about when younger people ask me about the role. What we say and do in the UK Parliament does get noticed nationally, and all around the world. It is one of the ways MPs can help to make a difference.
To that end the voice of two campaigns rang forth for me this week, providing some welcome relief against the constant clamour of Brexit.
Firstly, I hosted an event with the Women's Resource Centre, the leading national umbrella for some 500 women's charities and organisations. Their focus, on this occasion, was upon ensuring the voices of women are heard at the heart of the policy making process within government. The WRC's coverage of women's issues is vast however. If you're looking to campaign from a female perspective, visit their website by clicking here.
This week I am also leading a debate in the House of Commons on the implementation of the Modern Slavery Act. Human Trafficking is a heinous crime and prevention, of course, is key in the fight. We also need changes in our approach to the recovery and rehabilitation of victims, and I will be calling for certain measures in my speech.
It is a common misconception that modern slavery only affects people from other lands. To dispel that myth, one survivor I met was a British man who was the subject of forced labour, in this country, for many months before he was rescued. Regular KM readers may also recall reports of serious allegations of trafficking in Maidstone's own back yard too. Learn more about this terrible scourge and how to recognise it here.
If you are involved in campaigns close to your heart, please write to me and share your experiences. Maybe I can help; you can contact me here.
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