Rotherham’s MP deserves support for speaking out on sexual abuse
There has been no greater exponent of corporate responsibility than Joseph Rowntree. The son of a Quaker family from York, he brought the strict values of religion to the conduct of his business as a manufacturer of confectionary. It was part of the Rowntree ethos that a company should be part of the community and should serve the greater good.
That ethos has carried over into the Joseph Rowntree Foundation, which, in social policy and housing, has done good work. That makes it all the more disappointing that it should be implicated in the saga in which the Labour MP for Rotherham, Sarah Champion, has received death threats for condemning the sexual abuse of girls by Pakistani men. JUST Yorkshire, which is largely funded by the Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust, focuses on racial justice in Rotherham. Nadeem Murtuja, its leader, has accused Ms Champion of “inciting and inviting hatred against minorities” for highlighting the ethnic heritage of the men involved in the 2014 Rotherham sex-grooming scandal. As a result Ms Champion’s police protection has had to be increased.