People are more afraid to be called a racist than they are to be wrong about child sexual abuse, a Labour MP has claimed after 18 people were found guilty of involvement in a grooming network.
Sarah Champion’s remarks came after the individuals – predominately from Asian backgrounds – were convicted of or admitted offences in a series of trials related to child sexual exploitation in Newcastle.
Ms Champion, the Labour MP for Rotherham and shadow minister for women and equalities, also urged the Government to commission research into the crimes and said she “hadn’t slept” over criticism she could face over her comments.
Speaking on the BBC’s Radio 4 Today programme, Ms Champion said there was a need to “acknowledge” that in all of the towns where similar cases have occurred “the majority of the perpetrators have been British Pakistani”.
Speaking the truth on this matter is virtually unheard of for a Labour party member, or anyone else for that matter.