ROTHERHAM MP Sarah Champion has resigned as shadow women and equalities secretary after a controversial article in a national newspaper caused a storm and led to her receiving death threats.
Ms Champion has stood down from her frontbench role following the row over an article in The Sun newspaper, in which she claimed that British Pakistani men are “raping and exploiting white girls”.
In a statement she apologised for any offence caused by “the extremely poor choice of words”, which appeared in the paper on Friday.
BREAKING: Rotherham MP Sarah Champion resigns from shadow cabinet over British Pakistani grooming gangs column
Rotherham MP Sarah Champion has resigned from her role as Shadow Minister for Women and Equalities over the ‘extremely poor choice of words’ she used in a Sun column on British Pakistani grooming gangs.
Confirming her resignation this afternoon, Ms Champion said: “I apologise for the offence caused by the extremely poor choice of words in The Sun article on Friday.
Sarah Champion quits Labour front bench over rape article
Labour shadow minister Sarah Champion has quit the party’s front bench after criticism over a newspaper article she wrote about grooming gangs.
The Rotherham MP wrote in the Sun that “Britain has a problem with British Pakistani men raping and exploiting white girls.”
She has now apologised for her “extremely poor choice of words” and quit as shadow equalities minister.
Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn said he had accepted her resignation.
Ms Champion’s article was written after 17 men were convicted of forcing girls in Newcastle to have sex.
Mostly British-born, they were from Iraqi, Bangladeshi, Pakistani, Indian, Iranian and Turkish communities.
Sarah Champion MP resigns from Jeremy Corbyn front bench after controversial Sun article
Labour’s shadow equality minister has resigned in the face of intense backlash to a newspaper column in which she claimed: “Britain has a problem with British Pakistani men raping and exploiting white girls”.
Sarah Champion, the MP for Rotherham, wrote a piece for The Sun last Friday in which she attacked inaction over what she called the “horrifying problem” of child sexual abuse by British Pakistani grooming gangs.
She wrote: “Britain has a problem with British Pakistani men raping and exploiting white girls. 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?”
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