Sarah Champion interviewed by Andrew Norfolk

Rotherham Politics

Sarah Champion MP: ‘I’d rather be called a racist than turn a blind eye to child abuse’

The Labour MP whose article about sex gangs caused a furore, talks to The Times

Sarah Champion wants more research into the motivations of grooming gangs. In 2014 The Times revealed the abuse scandal in her Rotherham constituency
Sarah Champion wants more research into the motivations of grooming gangs. In 2014 The Times revealed the abuse scandal in her Rotherham constituencyVictor de Jesus

It was the calm after the storm. For a few days last month, Sarah Champion found herself centre stage as a whirlwind of accusations came hurtling in her direction.

Labour’s equalities spokeswoman was blamed for exacerbating racial tensions in an article she wrote for The Sun after the conviction of a sex-grooming gang in Newcastle upon Tyne who were largely of Pakistani origin.

The loudest howls of protest came from fellow Labour members and supporters. After a brief fight to keep her…

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About Sabine Kurjo McNeill

I'm a mathematician and system analyst formerly at CERN in Geneva and became an event organiser, software designer, independent web publisher and online promoter of Open Justice. My most significant scientific contribution is www.smartknowledge.space
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