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PM rejects calls to pay reparations for slavery

DAVID CAMERON rejected Jamaican officials’ calls for him to apologise for Britain’s involvement in the slave trade, which lasted more than 300 years.

Jamaican Prime Minister Portia Simpson-Miller pressed Mr Cameron, whose ancestors include slave-owners, to consider making reparations to Caribbean nations.

Jamaican MP Mike Henry threatened to boycott the Prime Minister’s speech to the parliament in Kingston if he did not engage on the issue.

Mr Cameron should “apologise personally and on behalf of his country,” said National Commission on Reparations member Bert Samuels.

But the PM claimed Britain does “not believe reparations is the right approach,” adding that he was only interested in trade and investments, rather than centuries-old issues.

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn said at the party’s conference in Brighton that he would be willing to apologise for the slave trade if he was PM.


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