Ukip today accused Labour of "sacrificing the innocence of children" to the "altar of multiculturalism" as it attempted to politicise the Rotherham sex abuse scandal and win votes from disillusioned Northern Labour voters.

In an outspoken and stinging attack Ukip's Yorkshire MEP Jane Collins claimed political correctness had allowed young white girls to be "gang-raped, beaten and threatened at gunpoint" by Muslim men in the town.

Ms Collins, who will contest Rotherham at the general election, said Labour politicians who had run the town for years "were morally corrupt and discredited" and dubbed them "liberal lefties to afraid to act through their own political selfishness".

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