April 4, 2023

ENGLAND: Prime Minister Rishi Sunak Vows To Crack Down On Evil Grooming Gangs And Vowed That The Government Will Not Let Political Correctness Get In The Way Of Stamping Out Child Grooming Gangs.

Apr 3, 2023: Rishi Sunak vows to crack down on evil grooming gangs. Exclusive - Prime Minister Rishi Sunak vows to crack down on evil grooming gangs In an exclusive video for Express.co.uk, the Prime Minister has today vowed that the government will not let political correctness get in the way of stamping out child grooming gangs.
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TalkTV published April 3, 2023: "A PLAGUE On All Your Houses" - Julia Hartley-Brewer’s Clash With Labour MP Over Grooming Gangs. The Prime Minister has pledged that “political correctness” will not get in the way of a crackdown on grooming gangs, as ministers promised tougher sentences and new support for local forces to protect children from abuse. TalkTV’s Julia Harltey-Brewer clashes with Labour MP Khalid Mahmood over Rishi Sunak’s pledge that “political correctness” won't stop a grooming gang crackdown. Khalid: "Let’s pick on all of these people.” Julia: “Grooming gangs are a specific British Pakistani man issue.”
Sky News published April 3, 2023: Grooming gangs: Prime Minister Rishi Sunak has pledged "political correctness" will not stop a crackdown on grooming gangs.
GBNews published Apr 2, 2023: Sunak promises CRACKDOWN on grooming gangs with new police taskforce.

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written by Alix Culbertson
Monday April 3, 2023

Rishi Sunak has pledged "political correctness" will not stop a crackdown on grooming gangs, as he unveils new measures to protect children and young women from abuse.

Specialist officers will help police forces with child sexual exploitation and abuse investigations "to bring more of these despicable criminals to justice", Downing Street said.

A new taskforce will be made up of officers with "extensive experience" of grooming gangs investigations to provide "crucial support" to police forces across England.

Downing Street said better data on the make-up of the gangs, including ethnicity, will be part of the support "to make sure suspects cannot hide behind cultural sensitivities to evade justice".

Mr Sunak has also pledged to make sure grooming gang members and their ringleaders receive the toughest possible sentences.

The government will introduce legislation to make being the leader of, or involved in, a grooming gang a statutory aggravating factor during sentencing, which would allow judges to hand down tougher punishments.

The prime minister refused to be drawn on why Home Secretary Suella Braverman singled out British Pakistani men as being perpetrators when the data available shows it is mainly white men who are carrying out these crimes.

"All forms of child sexual exploitation and abuse are wrong wherever they happen and perpetrated by whoever," he said.

Mr Sunak added that when it comes to grooming gangs, inquiries into incidents in Rochdale, Rotherham and Telford show victims were ignored often because people did not want to be "culturally insensitive or because of political corrections.

"That's not right. It can't be right that people's claims are ignored because of those reasons," he added.

Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer accused the government of being "behind the curve for a decade" as he called on ministers to recognise "the full response that's needed here".

"Ethnicity is not a reason not to come down hard, and it shouldn't be," he said.

"So the government is right about that. But on the other hand, the government needs to recognise that that's a small proportion of the cases we're dealing with."

Ten years ago, just after stepping down as director of public prosecutions, Sir Keir called for the prosecution of teachers and health workers for failing to alert the police to allegations of child abuse to prevent victims from slipping through the net.

Speaking ahead of launching the taskforce in Leeds and Rochdale, Mr Sunak said: "The safety of women and girls is paramount.

"For too long, political correctness has stopped us from weeding out vile criminals who prey on children and young women.

"We will stop at nothing to stamp out these dangerous gangs."

Legal duty to report child sex abuse

On Sunday, Ms Braverman announced people working with children in England will have a new legal duty to report knowledge or suspicions of child sex abuse.

But before that happens, she will hold a consultation to gather evidence from professionals, volunteers, parents, survivors and the wider public to ensure everyone's views are represented.

It comes after the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse last year described sexual abuse of children as an "epidemic that leaves tens of thousands of victims in its poisonous wake".

The seven-year inquiry into institutional failings in England and Wales concluded that people in positions of trust should be compelled by law to report child sexual abuse.

UPDATE 4/4/23 at 2:09pm: Added info below.

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