On 23rd and 25th February 2015, bishops took part in two divisions on the Government’s Modern Slavery Bill, relating to the Independent Anti-Slavery Commissioner and the protection of overseas domestic workers.
Labour Peer Lord Warner moved amendment 27, to include a statutory guarantee in the Bill that the Independent Anti-Slavery Commissioner can bring forward concerns directly to Parliament.
The Bishop of Derby, the Rt Revd Alastair Redfern, co-sponsored the amendment. The Bishop of Carlisle, the Rt Revd James Newcombe, voted ‘content’. No bishop voted ‘not content’.
There were: Contents: 154 | Not Contents: 178 | Result: Government Win
Crossbench Peer Lord Hylton moved amendment 90, which sought to increase protection for overseas domestic workers.
The Bishop of Carlisle co-sponsored the amendment. He, along with the Bishop of Derby, the Bishop of St Albans, the Rt Revd Alan Smith, and the Bishop of Worcester, the Rt Revd John Inge, voted ‘content’. No bishop voted ‘not content’.
There were: Contents: 183 | Not Contents: 176 | Result: Government Defeat