Sarah Champion Resigns from Labour Front Bench

Sarah Champion, the Labour MP for Rotherham, has stepped down from the Labour’s front bench following a controversy over her article for The Sun newspaper.

Champion had written an article for the newspaper which included the words “Britain has a problem with British Pakistani men raping and exploiting white girls”. After the article provoked some controversy, Champion said that elements of the article had been changed by the newspaper, which The Sun denied.

Champion 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”.

The Sun newspaper said:

“Her only objection after the article appeared was her belief her picture byline looked unflattering”.