Sarah Champion joins panel on grooming gangs

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BovaryX Sat 23-May-20 06:30:35

The Times reports that Sarah Champion, the Labour MP who quit the shadow cabinet after her comments on grooming gangs were deemed controversial has been invited to join a review panel. This panel's analysis will be made public in the autumn.

^I understand the nervousness people have around race. This is about child protection and crimes against children. You should follow the evidence regardless of who they are.“ We need to put this issue to bed for once and for all. Ethnicity might not be a determining factor but the issue needs to be investigated and the research made public.”
An investigation by The Times into child grooming in towns across the north prompted an independent inquiry. That 2014 report found that between 1997 and 2013 more than 1,400 Rotherham children were exposed to severe levels of sexual abuse and violence^

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BovaryX Sat 23-May-20 06:31:37

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OhHolyJesus Sat 23-May-20 08:22:58

Well that's a relief. A sensible adult has been invited into the room. Thanks for posting, I'll get the Times today to read in full.

EstherEliza Sat 23-May-20 10:04:20

Thank goodness for that.

BovaryX Sat 23-May-20 10:07:50


I apologise, my share tokens don't seem to work. I like Sarah Champion. She strikes me as someone who with integrity.

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OhHolyJesus Sat 23-May-20 10:28:49

It's ok Bovary I've discovered my online subscription still works! Have bookmarked to read later. It's good to know sensible people can still be appointed to panels that make important at decisions. It's been such a shit-show I really hope some cuts through all the BS and children are made safe.

TheProdigalKittensReturn Sat 23-May-20 10:55:13

This panel's analysis will be made public in the autumn.

Will it, though, this time? I seem to recall that we were promised this before and then it was deemed "not in the public interest" that the public know what was going on.


BovaryX Sat 23-May-20 11:04:04


That's a good point. It reminds me of this tactic some wag cited for burying difficult news during the Iraq War. No story. Old story. Some version of this seems to be what has replaced investigative journalism. And what has taken its place is navel gazing narcissism from the likes of Owen Jones et al.

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BovaryX Sat 23-May-20 11:04:34

Thanks Prodigal for the share token!

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ScrimpshawTheSecond Sat 23-May-20 12:59:09

I hope very much that this issue is at last going to be tackled robustly and thoroughly.

TheQueef Sat 23-May-20 13:01:40

Good news.
She knows the subject well and can see what is happening.

andyoldlabour Sat 23-May-20 13:15:40

She is a fantastic person, one who is not afraid of speaking the truth. It is just so sad that she was forced out of the shadow cabinet by people who are frightened of alienating potential voters.

Freespeecher Sat 23-May-20 14:28:29

Interesting. You can tell Corbyn's no longer leader can't you.

Binterested Sat 23-May-20 14:39:45

Good news. It’s a sign of how bad things have got that I at first thought this was about Sarah Brown - the polyamorous trans activist responsible for some of the lunacy in the LibDems.

Abitofalark Sat 23-May-20 16:08:34

Can't read more than a couple of paragraphs using the token/ link so it is not clear who is saying in the opening post about understanding the nervousness...and who is saying some text following it in quotation marks.

I'm thinking this review panel could be the result of a petition for publication of the government's research which was refused but the petitioner's office subsequently wrote to the Home Office demanding a proper response according to the rules for petitions and as a result, Priti Patel wrote back making excuses etc but undertaking to set up a review of the research and publish the review findings. I know this because I got a copy of the correspondence as I'd signed the petition. I read and deleted it but can probably retrieve it if anyone is interested to read it.

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