Sajid Javid has said Pakistani members of grooming gangs have “disgraced our heritage” and that there “must be some cultural connection” to their crimes.
The home secretary was criticised for his reaction to the jailing of 20 men in Huddersfield for drugging, trafficking and raping vulnerable girls.
“These sick Asian paedophiles are finally facing justice,” he tweeted last week. “There will be no no-go areas.” David Lammy, the Labour MP for Tottenham, was among those who attacked Mr Javid, whose parents moved to the UK from Pakistan, for drawing attention to the ethnicity of the gang.
Sajid Javid interview – the home secretary on Asian grooming gangs, Brexit and leadership ambitions
I arrive to meet Sajid Javid well versed in the details of his back story. I know, for instance, that his late father, Abdul Ghani, landed at Heathrow airport in 1961 with a £1 note in his pocket and lifted his five sons and wife out of poverty through sheer toil – working, variously, as a bus driver, factory worker and shop owner. I realise that unlike most Tory ministers, Javid grew up in the inner city, was raised Muslim, was the first member of his family to attend university and went to a comprehensive school, where careers advisers suggested he become a television repairman.
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