Leading MP Keith Vaz has insisted the case of an Asian paedophile gang that exploited dozens of vulnerable white teenagers is not a "race issue".

Mr Vaz, chairman of the Commons home affairs committee, said the "appalling" offences of the kind carried out by the gang needed to be looked into but it was important not to "stigmatise a whole community".

He made the remarks after nine men from Rochdale were convicted for their role in a child sex ring.

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