More than 50 Conservative MPs want modern slavery rules changed to help with the migrant crisis.

More than 50 Conservative MPs want modern slavery rules changed to help with the migrant crisis.

Signatories, including Sir Graham Brady, head of the 1922 Committee of Tory backbenchers, urge that “economic migrants” travelling from “safe countries” like Albania be repatriated as soon as possible. 

They suggest that “people claiming they have been unwilling victims of human trafficking or modern slavery” should be returned “to their homes in the villages from which they came.” 

The Conservatives claim that “if they have really been taken against their will, then they could not reasonably object to being returned to their own homes.”

“The quirks in our modern slavery laws that prevent this are clearly in defiance of the aims of that law and should be removed,” they stated. 

“The quirks in our modern slavery laws that prevent this are clearly in defiance of the aims of that law and should be removed,” they stated.  

They say that a “straightforward and legally workable way of addressing the crisis” would be a “very strong deterrent” to anyone considering the risky trip. 

Former Cabinet ministers Dr Liam Fox and Esther McVey, as well as longest-serving MP Sir Peter Bottomley, signed the letter, demonstrating Conservative anxieties that failure to address the problem could harm them at the polls. 

“We have made it clear that there is no one solution to stop the increase in dangerous crossings,” a government spokesman said. We have also said unequivocally that we would continue to utilise all available tools to dissuade unlawful migration. 

“We are expediting the removal of individuals by agreeing tailored bilateral return agreements with partners like Albania, elevating it to a key priority for our foreign policy.” 

Ms Braverman has been chastised for the deplorable circumstances at the Manston immigration processing station in Kent, where one detainee died of diphtheria.  

She has also come under fire for failing to curb the risky crossings of the English Channel by tiny boats.

They demand that “economic migrants” travelling from “safe countries” like Albania be repatriated as soon as possible. The government said it would continue to employ all available tools to dissuade illegal migration.

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