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Javid: People offended by 'Asian' paedophile remark 'oversensitive'

By Aubrey Allegretti, political reporter
Sajid Javid has defended branding a grooming gang "sick Asian paedophiles", saying those who criticised him for it were being "oversensitive".
The home secretary told Sky News he did not regret the comment as he was simply "stating the facts".In October, Mr Javid tweeted about 20 British Asian men being convicted of grooming girls as young as 11 in Huddersfield."These sick Asian paedophiles are finally facing justice," he wrote, also praising the victims' bravery.
These sick Asian paedophiles are finally facing justice. I want to commend the bravery of the victims. For too long, they were ignored. Not on my watch. There will be no no-go areas https://t.co/cZGqDOxt4u— Sajid Javid (@sajidjavid) October 19, 2018
His Labour shadow, Diane Abbott, was among those to criticise the post, saying that "attempts by… the government to attribute these crimes to one ethnic group does nothing to support these vulnerable women".

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Speaking from Seattle, Washington, Mr Javid explained why he had commissioned research since the trial to "see if there are any cultural issues"."I don't regret it at all," he told Sky News.
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20 men were convicted as part of a Huddersfield grooming gang
"When I made that comment I was stating the facts, and the sad truth is that if you look at recent high-profile convictions of gang-based child sexual exploitation there is a majority of people that come from Pakistani heritage backgrounds - that's plain for everyone to see."What I've said is that we, in trying to deal with this, trying to turn this round, we must look at all factors and we must not be too sensitive and shy away or be oversensitive."That's why I think we should be looking to see if there are any cultural issues and that's why I've commissioned some research on this."
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