LABOUR: Sarah Champion Is Forced Out After Comment About Pakistani Men Preying On White Girls
Sarah Champion, the now former Labour MP of Rotherham, spoke on BBC Radio 4 regarding gang-related child sexual exploitation. This came after 17 men were convicted in Newcastle for forcing girls to have sex. The men were from Iraqi, Bangladeshi, Pakistani, Indian, Iranian and Turkish communities.
“The government aren’t researching what is going on. Are these cultural issues? Is there some sort of message going out within the community?”
Champion brought up how these gangs tend to be “predominately Pakistani men” and cases like these show up “time and time and time again”. And she’s not wrong. Between 1997 and 2013, there is a conservative estimate of 1400 children being subjected to sexual exploitation. Children as young as 11 were raped, kidnapped, trafficked and beaten.
Instead of commending her for her bravery for speaking out about this taboo issue, Sarah Champion has been been forced out Jeremy Corbyn’s shadow cabinet.
A source close to Mr Corbyn confirmed he requested she leave his top team, adding that it was not appropriate for Ms Champion to have suggested that Pakistani men are largely responsible for the grooming and rape of young white girls. Ms Champion apologised for her “extremely poor choice of words” and said she was concerned that continuing in her shadow cabinet role would distract from the “crucial issues” around child protection.
A report, commissioned by Rotherham Borough Council, has revealed there had been three previous inquiries. It also brought up fears of racism
“Several staff described their nervousness about identifying the ethnic origins of perpetrators for fear of being thought as racist; others remembered clear direction from their managers not to do so.”
Somehow firing Champion isn’t going to help this.
And then Jeremy Corbyn has the cheek to say this:
“I have accepted Sarah Champion’s resignation and thank her for her work in the shadow cabinet. I look forward to working together in future.”