Windrush

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 4:19 pm on 2nd May 2018.

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Photo of David Lammy David Lammy Labour, Tottenham 4:19 pm, 2nd May 2018

My hon. Friend is exactly right.

I want to make it absolutely clear that it is my view that this belief about a compliant environment goes all the way back to the Slavery Abolition Act 1833. This Parliament provided compensation, worth £17 billion today and paid for by the British taxpayer, to the 46,000 British slave owners for the loss of their property. The slaves got nothing. And now their descendants are being shackled and chained, dragged on to deportation flights and sent back across the same ocean that Britain took their ancestors from in slave ships centuries ago.