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PM condemns slavery during Jamaican parliament speech

David Cameron addressing MPs Credit: PA

David Cameron condemned the slave trade and announced a £360 million financial package when he addressed the Jamaican parliament.

Slavery was and is abhorrent in all its forms. It has no place whatsoever in any civilised society, and Britain is proud to have eventually led the way in its abolition.

– David Cameron

He added he hoped Britain and the Caribbean could "move on from this painful legal and continue to build for the future".

During the visit to Jamaica, David Cameron has come under pressure to make financial amends for Britain's role in slavery but he has ruled out making reparations.

MP Mike Henry was absent from the address. He had previously declared to a local newspaper if reparation was not on the agenda he would not be attending.

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