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15/02/2018 20:00 GMT | Updated 16/02/2018 10:33 GMT

Labour's Sarah Champion Claims Sitting MPs Could 'In Some Way' Be Linked To Child Abuse

Abuse is 'always about power,' says Labour MP.

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It is not the first time Labour MP Sarah Champion has made a bold claim about abuse. 

Labour MP Sarah Champion has alleged sitting MPs could “in some way or another” be involved with child abuse. 

Speaking to the House magazine, Champion argued abuse is “always about power” and it did “not take a conspiracy theorist” to realise how sitting MPs could abuse their power.

The MP went on to claim that ex-Prime Minister David Cameron understood the need to take on child sexual abuse because he is a father, but the issue has dropped off Theresa May’s “radar”.

Champion also said Westminster would not handle fresh allegations of child abuse any better than it did in the 1970s and 1980s. 

“Would a child sex abuse scandal be dealt with differently now? I don’t know that it would,” said Champion, whose Rotherham constituency was at the centre of a child abuse scandal. 

“One in 20 children will have a sexual assault against them. 

“When you look at something inappropriate happening to them that drops dramatically to one in four girls and one in eight boys.

“That might be inappropriate language or made to feel uncomfortable or in a compromising situation - not necessarily being physically groped. 

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Westminster would not handle allegations any better today, said Champion

“So, there is no way that there aren’t people who are sitting MPs who aren’t involved in some way or another or a member of their family is.

“I mean, that’s just the reality and I know that’s very uncomfortable and no one wants to think about it.”

It is not the first time the Rotherham MP has made startling claims about abuse. 

Last year she was forced to resign as Shadow Equalities Minister after writing a newspaper column in which she described the “problem” of white girls being raped by British Pakistani men.

She added: “I do not feel with this government that (tackling child sexual abuse) is a priority at all.

“David Cameron got it and I think he got it because I went to him as a dad rather than going to him as a politician.

“Theresa May was great when she was Home Secretary and then as soon as she shifted to PM it’s dropped off the radar. It’s clearly not a priority for them. It’s someone else’s problem.”

Champion went on to say that she believed until female genital mutilation (FGM) is viewed as child abuse, people will always “turn the other cheek”.

She said: “Until we start viewing it in terms of child abuse and gendered violence we always give people a get out, or we always find that we turn the other cheek.

“Again, it’s the same as Rotherham. We don’t want to be seen as being culturally insensitive.”