Religious leaders representing Sikh, Hindu and Pakistani Christian communities have written a joint letter condemning the Labour leadership’s response to a controversial article by the Rotherham MP Sarah Champion.
Writing in The Times, the group praises Ms Champion for “speaking an inconvenient truth” in her column for The Sun, while accusing some within the party of attempting to “smear” her.
The intervention follows the MP’s resignation from her position as Shadow Equalities Secretary in response to the backlash over her suggestion that Britain “has a problem with Pakistani men… exploiting white girls”.
Religious groups defend MP Sarah Champion over grooming claim
A number of Sikh, Hindu and Pakistani Christian groups have written a joint letter criticising Labour’s “weak response” to a frontbencher who spoke out about the race factor in sex-grooming cases.
The letter, co-signed by Lord Singh of Wimbledon, defends Sarah Champion, the Labour MP who was forced to quit the front bench after pointing out that many perpetrators of sex crimes involving street-grooming were of Pakistani origin.
The letter also points out that it is “not just white girls” who have fallen victim to grooming gangs.
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The heads of UK Sikh, Hindu, and Pakistani Christian organisations have said that Sarah Champion should not have been “sacked” from Labour’s front bench for speaking out on the racial aspect of grooming gangs.
“We commend Sarah Champion and the Muslim councillor Amina Lone for speaking up on a clear trend in criminality: the conviction of men of largely Pakistani Muslim heritage in sexual grooming cases”, they wrote in a letter to The Times.
Champion was forced to resign as shadow secretary of state for women and equalities after pointing out that Britain “has a problem with British Pakistani men raping and exploiting white girls”, in an article for The Sun last month.
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