Sarah Champion: Labour frontbencher quits over 'Pakistani rape' article

Champion wrote that 'Britain has a problem with Pakistani men raping white girls'

Sarah Champion has quit over an article in The Sun

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Labour's shadow minister for equalities has resigned over an article saying Britain "has a problem with Pakistani men raping and exploiting white girls."

Sarah Champion, the MP for Rotherham, wrote the piece for The Sun.

Although she originally said the article had been heavily edited and didn't reflect her original contribution, she has now decided to quit her ministerial role to douse criticism over the issue.

In a statement, she said: "I apologise for the offence caused by the extremely poor choice of words in The Sun article on Friday.

"I am concerned that my continued position in the Shadow Cabinet would distract from the crucial issues around child protection which I have campaigned on my entire political career.

"It is therefore with regret that I tender my resignation as Shadow Secretary of State for Women and Equalities."

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn was quoted as saying he accepted Champion's resignation.