Sarah Champion resigned from the shadow cabinet of her own accord and worried her presence would become a “distraction” Jeremy Corbyn has said.
In the article, she referenced a group of “predominantly Pakistani men”, and wrote “These people are predators and the common denominator is their ethnic heritage.”
Last night Corbyn thanked Champion for her work and pledged to continue to work with her.
“She has tendered her resignation and I’ve accepted that resignation. I thanked her for her work and I’m working with her in the future because she is totally committed to protecting vulnerable women and girls within our society… It was her choice [to go].” he told the BBC.
“We are not going to blame any particular group, or demonise any particular group, the issue is one of safety of individuals,” he said to the BBC.
Amina Lone, a councillor for Hulme ward in Manchester, former PPC for Morecambe and Lonsdale and shortlisted candidate for Manchester Gorton, defended Champion’s remarks when she appeared on Newsnight last night. Lone suggested that the Rotheram MP had been “used as a scapegoat”.
You can watch Lone’s comments here:
— BBC Newsnight (@BBCNewsnight) August 16, 2017
Sajid Javid, Tory secretary of state for communities and local government, criticised Corbyn’s handling of the issue, writing on Twitter:
Corbyn wrong to sack Sarah Champion. We need an honest open debate on child sexual exploitation, including racial motivation
— Sajid Javid (@sajidjavid) August 17, 2017