Sarah Champion Forced Out of Shadow Cabinet over ‘Pakistani Grooming’ Comments
The Shadow Equalities Minister Sarah Champion (pictured above) has been forced to resign from the Shadow Cabinet this evening (Wednesday) over comments she made about Pakistani grooming gangs in an article in The Sun newspaper.
Ms Champion has been widely praised for standing up for the girls in her community and she told the paper:
‘Britain has a problem with British Pakistani men raping and exploiting white girls.
‘These people are predators and the common denominator is their ethnic heritage.’
Among her strongest critics was the Labour MP for Bradford West, Naz Shah, who was herself suspended from the party whip in 2016 for alleged anti-Semitic posts on social media. Ms. Shah said:-
‘ Her comments were irresponsible they are setting a dangerous precedent’.
Announcing she was stepping down, Ms. Champion said:
‘I apologise for the offence caused by the extremely poor choice of words in The Sun article on Friday.
‘I am concerned that my continued position in the shadow cabinet would distract from the crucial issues around child protection which I have campaigned on my entire political career.
‘It is therefore with regret that I tender my resignation as shadow secretary of state for women and equalities.’
Her resignation has been accepted by Labour Leader Jeremy Corbyn.
Ms Champion’s article was written after 17 men were convicted of forcing girls in Newcastle to have sex.