NIGEL FARAGE lashed political correctness, arguing that authorises have been put off from investigating grooming gangs in the past due to fear of being labelled racist.
Speaking on his LBC show, Farage insisted that more had to be done to put a stop to grooming gangs.
The remarks came after a court hearing earlier this week which saw 17 men and one woman convicted of rape, sexual assault, human trafficking and inciting prostitution as the city of Newcastle.
The crimes add to the growing list of UK towns blighted by the evil grooming gangs.
Shadow women and equalities secretary Sarah Champion claimed Asian grooming gangs were allowed to thrive because people are “more afraid to be called a racist than they are afraid to be wrong about calling out child abuse”.
The Labour MP for Rotherham said it was time to acknowledge that the “majority of perpetrators have been British-Pakistani” in the towns where such grooming cases have occurred.
Farage said: “These are racist crimes and it’s been hidden for far too long in too many northern cities and a lot of elected political figures throughout the north of England in my view bear a very heavy responsibility.
“But there’s been a change of tone and today Sarah Champion has completely changed course.
“I’m pleased to say she makes it clear that predominantly these crimes and I’m quoting her not me ‘come from men who are part of the Pakistani community and it’s a pattern that we see over and over again’.”
The LBC host reiterated that he had been calling for a sensible conversation about the issue for years.
Farage finished: “Goodness me it’s taken us years to get to the point where we can even have an intelligent conversation about it.”
Heartbreaking details of how the 17 men routinely abused white girls emerged from the court case.
Those prosecuted were from the Bangladeshi, Pakistani, Indian, Iraqi, Iranian and Turkish communities and mainly British-born.
Most lived in the West End of Newcastle.
Today former Crown Prosecution Service chief Lord Macdonald of River Glaven said cases of Asian grooming gangs targeting white girls had not been looked into as they should have been.
He said: “I think that’s no longer the case and I think the fact that these sorts of cases are now being brought successfully demonstrates that those sorts of so-called taboos no longer exist – but I don’t think any of us can pretend that in the past these cases have been examined as rigorously as they might have been.”