EXCLUSIVE: UKIP Candidate Slams Rotherham Failings, Calls for 'Resignation of Everyone Involved'
UKIP's Parliamentary Candidate for Rotherham has slammed the local council following the release of a new report which concluded that some 1,400 children were sexually exploited— a damming account of the collective failure by authorities to prevent children as young as 11 from being beaten, raped and trafficked.
Jane Collins, who achieved a +16 percent swing in the 2012 by-election following the resignation of the disgraced Labour MP Denis MacShane, leaving her in second place in the constituency, told Breitbart London exclusively:
"I categorically call for the resignation of everyone directly and indirectly involved in this case. The Labour Council stand accused of deliberately ignoring child sex abuse victims for 16 years. The apologies we have heard are totally insincere and go nowhere near repairing the damage done.
"Lets not forget the people who were busily covering up this abuse are the very same people who bullied a couple of foster parents because they were UKIP. They ruined the couples lives, and now it turns out they ruined the lives of 1400 children as well. They are a disgrace to our town."
Collins also slammed the work of Shaun Wright, the current Police and Crime Commissioner, and formerly lead member for Children's Services on the council. She said:
"The people of Yorkshire are rightly appalled to hear their Police and Crime Commissioner was so instrumental in covering up abuse of children in Rotherham. He should resign immediately because people like him have no place holding public office in a civilised society."
Meanwhile, Labour's MP Sarah Champion seemed to be fine with the fact that only the leader of the council, who arguably has had little role in the 16-year abuse scandal, has resigned. She said:
"It is absolutely right that the council apologise for their mistakes and accept the report fully, and the Leader has taken the right decision to take responsibility and stand down. Child sexual exploitation is a deplorable crime and there is no excuse for these failures. This is a vile crime and society should not tolerate it. It was right that the Council commissioned this report and I urge that the recommendations are fully implemented."
Report author Alexis Jay, a former chief social work adviser to the Scottish government, cited examples Tuesday of "children who had been doused in petrol and threatened with being set alight, threatened with guns, made to witness brutally-violent rapes and threatened they would be next."
She says the problem was not prioritised by South Yorkshire Police but managers in child protection services also failed to act. The report covers the period between 1997 and 2013 in Rotherham, a town of some 250,000.
The majority of the perpetrators were of Pakistani heritage.
AP contributed to this report