Sarah Champion should not have felt the need to resign from the Labour front bench for speaking out in The Sun newspaper about the grooming gangs known to have systematically sexually abused young children, on occasion to an industrial scale.
The Yorkshire MP was only doing that which Professor Alexis Jay previously identified was sorely lacking from the Rotherham case where the fear of being labelled racist prevented the authorities from being able to confront a glaring yet uncomfortable truth, letting down abuse victims in the process.
It was not the Rotherham MP’s intention to demonise a section of society. Like everyone else, she knows the perpetrators of such vile, degrading crimes represent a tiny proportion of the entire population and are not entirely from one ethnic group. But she, like everyone else, knows too that so many of the sickening cases to come to light in Rotherham, Rochdale and Newcastle have involved men who share a certain profile.
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