Wednesday, 13 June 2012

Colin Lambert

The leader of Rochdale Council has said that the widescale Asian Muslim grooming of young white girls across Britain is not an Asian crime.

Labour's Colin Lambert told MPs it was ‘too easy to badge a community’ and there were ‘issues’ across the country.


Nine Muslim Asian men were recently convicted of abusing white girls in Rochdale.

However, Mr Lambert told the House of Commons Home Affairs Committee: ‘If their clear statement is that the crime was committed because of the Asian community, then I strongly disagree with them, because it's too easy to badge a crime.

‘It happens right across all our communities. In terms of badging it as an Asian crime, that's wrong. There are issues in all communities.’

He added: ‘This is a horrendous crime against children. In this particular case it's a case of Asian men and white girls.’

But, he continued: ‘Right across the country, and on a wider European scale, it's not always men. It can be men and women. It's not always white or non-white. It's an issue of child sex abuse.’

This is not the first time Labour (and Lib Dem) politicians have stuck up for Muslim Asian paedophiles.

In April 2012 Labour councillor for Rochdale Aftab Hussain and Liberal Democrat former mayor for Rochdale Zulfiqar Ali defended grooming suspect Abdul Qayyum, calling him a ‘hard-working family man’ who ‘helped out in the local youth club’.

Qayyum was later sentenced to five years for his part in the Rochdale grooming scandal.

In total, Qayyum and his fellow gang members were given 77 years, following a dramatic 11-week trial.

They were jailed after being convicted of a racket in which underage victims were groomed for sex and trafficked from the Rochdale area to several addresses in East Lancashire and beyond.

Girls as young as 13 were first plied with fast food, drink and drugs before they were ‘handed around’ for sex by the men, eight of whom were from Pakistan and one from Afghanistan.

Since their conviction, an additional 11 arrests have been made in a second sexual grooming inquiry in Rochdale.


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