Undoubtedly, Britain played a terrible part in the 17th and 18th-century history of slavery. Its act later ensured sweeping political and societal change.
It seems everyone agrees that the time is right to finally get rid of this legislation.
Conservative values underpin what it can achieve – whether in apprenticeships, manufacturing exports, jobs or contributions to good causes.
It is a vital piece of legislation which, crucially, has drawn widespread support from a diverse range of people and organisations.
Britain in 2015 is increasingly characterised by a creeping intolerance towards Christianity and religion which we should be deeply concerned about.