I have long thought Shadow Home Secretary, David Davis to be a top man. His 100% committment to the Cameron cause after his defeat in the leadership battle marks him out as something special. My only reservation has been that David has such a uncompromising right-wing reputation - while I have always been a bit more wimpish. So imagine my delight when I see David leading today's Tory attack on 'human trafficking'.
The world has just been celebrating the 200th anniversary of the end of the slave trade. The human trafficking that is happening today is probably much worse - reputedly 2 million women and children world-wide. The sheer scale of prostitution that is being 'forced' on Eastern European women is a crime against humanity. From the media coverage of the Ipswich murders,we learned that there were over 50 prostitutes in that small town. It beggers belief. 85% of the prostitutes in the UK are Eastern European - many coming here on a false expectation of a normal job, before being forced into a sordid life of exploitation. I don't suppose this is going to be a popular cause but I am really proud that my party is giving this scandal a high priority.
The UK needs a Border Police Force with specialist skills, we need to see a lot more arrests of the criminals responsible, more safe accommodation and helplines. And it would be a statemsent of intent if the UK signed up to the European Convention on Action against Trafficking in Human Beings. This really is a changed Tory Party arguing for all these things - and David Davis is leading on it. He is an even better man than I thought.