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Apology to Deepings Labour councillor over 'modern slavery'

A senior South Kesteven councillor has apologised for a press release in which his ruling party appeared to claim credit for actions concerning ‘modern slavery.’

The issue was raised by Labour Group Leader Phil Dilks, who told a meeting of SKDC’s cabinet last week that it was he who first raised the issue with the council.

He said: “I want to thank Coun Wootten and the rest of the council in taking up the slavery issue. I took it up (originally) but it was a cross-party issue. Everybody has to do their bit.”

The Deepings councillor cited a ‘gobsmacking’ case in Lincolnshire, where a man was locked up for 23 years.”

Coun Phil Dilks (7801745)
Coun Phil Dilks (7801745)

Coun Ray Wootten (Con-Grantham St Wulfram’s) organised a meeting with the police and other councillors in February, but a related press release made no mention of his involvement.

Deputy leader Kelham Cooke (Con-Casewick) replied: “I am sure it was cross party. Sorry about the press release.”

Earlier at the meeting, both Coun Wootten and Coun Cooke thanked Coun Dilks for his motion on ‘modern slavery’, which councillors first discussed in September, leading to several meetings on the subject and SKDC reviewing its procurement policies.

In turn, Coun Dilks also thanked Coun Wooten for his work on the issue.

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