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I was too much of a 'liberal leftie' and should have done more to investigate child abuse

I was too much of a 'liberal leftie' and should have done more to investigate child abuse

Country: 
United Kingdom (UK)
News Date: 
27/08/2014
Lancastrian
Summary: 

Former Rotherham MP admits he could have done more to "burrow into" the problem in his constituency, but insists no victims ever approached him. He told the BBC: "I think there was a culture of not wanting to rock the multicultural community boat if I may put it like that.” Admitting he had been guilty of doing too little, he said he had been aware of the problem of cousin marriage and “the oppression of women within bits of the Muslim community in Britain” but: “Perhaps yes, as a true Guardian reader, and liberal leftie, I suppose I didn’t want to raise that too hard.” He recalled having a “huge row” with another local MP and council grandees because they were complaining about a newspaper investigation into child sexual exploitation in Rotherham, which unearthed uncomfortable truths they did not want to hear.