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Rotherham: politics 'imported from Pakistan' fuelled sex abuse cover-up – MP
An unhealthy brand of politics "imported" from Pakistan is partly to blame for the cover-up of mass child abuse in Rotherham and other British cities, a campaigning MP has claimed.
Simon Danczuk, who helped expose a pattern of grooming of white teenage girls by men from a Pakistani background in Rochdale, where he is the Labour MP, said a culture of intimidation and closing of ranks within parts of the Asian community had mired politics in towns and cities across northern England for years.
He said Asian councillors were under constant pressure from the community to "conform" and other politicians acquiesced for fear of being accused of racism, failing to face up to evidence of abuse as a result.
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