Tory MP Richard Drax who has faced backlash for his ancestors' role in slave ... trends now

Tory MP Richard Drax who has faced backlash for his ancestors' role in slave ... trends now
Tory MP Richard Drax who has faced backlash for his ancestors' role in slave ... trends now

Tory MP Richard Drax who has faced backlash for his ancestors' role in slave ... trends now

Tory MP Richard Drax is set to earn millions from the sale of part of his family's former slave plantation on Barbados so the land can be used for housing.

The politician owns a 250-hectare (617-acre) sugar plantation on the Caribbean island that was built by his ancestors in the 17th century.

The Drax family pioneered the plantation system and played a major role in the development of sugar and slavery across the Caribbean and United States.

Historians estimate as many as 30,000 slaves lived and died on the Drax estate in the 200 years between the plantation's establishment in the 1620s and the abolition of slavery in 1833.

Mr Drax, 66, has faced calls to pay reparations to Barbados but previously insisted that although his family's past was 'deeply, deeply regrettable', no one can be held responsible 'for what happened many hundreds of years ago.'

Now he is reportedly set to earn around £3million as the island's government buys 21 hectares - around 15 football pitches - of his land so homes can be built on it.

Mr Drax

Tory MP Richard Drax is set to earn millions from the sale of part of his family's former slave plantation on Barbados so the land can be used for housing 

The politician owns a 250-hectare (617-acre) sugar plantation on the Caribbean island that was built by his ancestors in the 17th century. Above: Drax Hall

The politician owns a 250-hectare (617-acre) sugar plantation on the Caribbean island that was built by his ancestors in the 17th century. Above: Drax Hall

Critics including Barbados' poet laureate Esther Phillips hit out at the move.

She told The Guardian that the deal is an 'atrocity' and added: 'He should be giving us this land as reparations, not further enriching himself … at the expense of Barbadians. As Barbadians, we must speak out against this.'

Barbadian MP Trevor Prescod, chair of the island's reparations taskforce, said: 'What a bad example this is. Reparations and Drax Hall are now top of the

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