Wednesday, 21 April 2021

We need to discuss racial sexual exploitation, says MP

Sajid Javid

LONDON: The Conservative MP for Bromsgrove has criticised Jeremy Corbyn, following Sarah Champion’s resignation over comments she made about British Pakistani men.

Sajid Javid, who is of Pakistani origin, said the Labour leader was “wrong to sack” Champion, adding “we need an honest open debate on child sexual exploitation, including racial motivation.”

Sarah Champion officially resigned from the Labour Party on Wednesday (16 August).

The Rotherham MP had faced criticism following an article she wrote for The Sun, in which she warned Britain has a “problem with British Pakistani men raping and exploiting white girls”.

Her remarks came after 18 mostly muslim men were convicted of child sexual exploitation offences in Newcastle.

Champion, who was the shadow women and equalities secretary, has since apologised for the article, claiming she had expressed her opinion with an “extremely poor choice of words”.

Jeremy Corbyn accepted Ms Champion’s resignation and said he wants to work with her in future, but said his party would not “blame” or “demonise any particular group”.

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