The communities secretary, Sajid Javid, has defended the Labour MP Sarah Champion, who resigned from the frontbench after she said in an article in the Sun that Britain had "a problem with British Pakistani men raping and exploiting white girls".

Champion resigned as shadow minister for women and equalities, having earlier said her words had been "stripped of nuance" by the tabloid. But the Sun produced emails from an aide to the MP saying she was "thrilled" with the piece.

Javid, who was the first British Pakistani MP to lead a government department, criticised Jeremy Corbyn, suggesting Champion had been removed from her post by the Labour leader as a result of the controversy.

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