A number of Sikh, Hindu and Pakistani Christian groups have written a joint letter criticising Labour's "weak response" to a frontbencher who spoke out about the race factor in sex-grooming cases.

The letter, co-signed by Lord Singh of Wimbledon, defends Sarah Champion, the Labour MP who was forced to quit the front bench after pointing out that many perpetrators of sex crimes involving street-grooming were of Pakistani origin.

The letter also points out that it is "not just white girls" who have fallen victim to grooming gangs.

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