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Sarah Champion has resigned as shadow equalities minister after a controversial article published in the Sun newspaper in which she wrote: "Britain has a problem with British Pakistani men raping and exploiting white girls."

The MP for Rotherham had initially tried to distance herself from the article, but she said she was concerned her position in the shadow cabinet had become a distraction after it emerged her aides had signed off on the piece.

"I apologise for the offence caused by the extremely poor choice of words in the Sun article on Friday," she said. "I am concerned that my continued position in the shadow cabinet would distract from the crucial issues around child protection which I have campaigned on my entire political career.


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