A senior minister in the British Labour Party was forced to resign last week after she penned an article identifying Pakistani men as the principal group involved in organized child sexual exploitation in the UK.
Sarah Champion, the Labour MP for Rotherham in north England and former Shadow Secretary of State for Women and Equalities, wrote an article for The Sun newspaper stating that “Britain has a problem with British Pakistani men raping and exploiting white girls”.
She described the convicted child rapists as “predators” and claimed that the common denominator was their ethnic heritage. She also wrote, “There, I said it. Does that make me a racist? Or am I just prepared to call out this horrifying problem for what it is?”
Mrs. Champion had already given several interviews in which she stated that child grooming and sexual abuse were being committed by “predominantly Pakistani men”. She also claimed that a systemic fear of being called racist was obstructing police investigations.
In August 2014, an independent inquiry report was published estimating that around 1,400 children had been abused in Rotherham between 1997 and 2013 alone. Since then there have been similar cases discovered in Rochdale, Oxford, and most recently Newcastle, with a strong indication that groups are coordinating from city to city.
Last week Mrs. Champion was forced to resign from her position for writing the article, although several Conservative Party MPs suggested she had effectively been fired.
Following her dismissal, Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn defended the decision, saying that his party would not “blame any particular group or demonize any particular group”. He posted a message on Facebook accusing The Sun newspaper of publishing statements “that incite Islamophobia and stigmatize entire communities”, which he said was “wrong, dangerous and must be condemned”.
Another prominent Labour politician, Naz Shan, described the article as “irresponsible” and as “setting a dangerous precedent”. She wrote an open letter to the editor of The Sun newspaper claiming that several articles including Mrs Champion’s were “Islamophobic”. Mrs Champion did not mention Islam in her article.
Mrs. Shan caused further outrage last week by sharing a tweet which said that the “abused girls in Rotherham and elsewhere just need to shut their mouths. For the good of #diversity!”
Critics claim that the Labour Party — one of the two major political parties in the United Kingdom — has been taken over by the radical social-justice left, and that political correctness is preventing British authorities from investigating and prosecuting Muslim pedophile rings, even after decades of abuse. Mr. Corbyn was accused of “Stalinist tendencies” for forcing out the shadow minister after she wrote documented facts about the crimes and perpetrators.
A UK Daily Telegraph poll found that 84% of its readers were opposed to the forced resignation of Mrs. Champion. Former UKIP leader and Brexit architect Nigel Farage tweeted: “Telling the truth about tough issues is now impossible in the modern Labour Party. Pathetic.”
Telling the truth about tough issues is now impossible in the modern day Labour Party. Pathetic. https://t.co/AcwOZUfcKS
— Nigel Farage (@Nigel_Farage) August 16, 2017