Dr Lisa Cameron MP calls for Fit to Trade Licensing Scheme

Dr Lisa Cameron MP, joined with the British Retail Consortium, writing to the Home Secretary calling for a Fit to Trade Licensing Scheme to protect textile workers from Modern Day Slavery across the UK.

The British Retail Consortium (BRC) and Dr Lisa Cameron MP, who chairs the All-Party Parliamentary Group for Textiles and Fashion, are urging Home Secretary Priti Patel to bring in a new licensing scheme, claiming exploited garment workers have been denied £27 million in lost earnings since July.

Their demand comes after a review into fast fashion giant Boohoo reported it knew about “serious issues” with the treatment of factory workers in Leicester last December, but failed to move quickly enough.

That independent review – commissioned by the Manchester-based online retailer – said it “capitalised” on the commercial opportunities created by lockdown, supporting Leicester factories by not cancelling orders, but taking no responsibility for the impact on the people on the shop floor.