MP who retweeted “abused Rotherham girls need to shut their mouths” appointed to shadow cabinet

MP who retweeted “abused Rotherham girls need to shut their mouths” appointed to shadow cabinet

By Adele Forrest | 16/04/2020

MP who retweeted “abused Rotherham girls need to shut their mouths” appointed to shadow cabinet

 

A CONTROVERSIAL MP who upset child abuse survivors and was suspended for anti-semitic comments has been appointed as shadow minister for community cohesion.

Bradford West MP Naz Shah was appointed to the role last week by the new Labour leader, Sir Keir Starmer.

Rotherham MP Sarah Champion publicly backed his frontbench appointments, tweeting it was a “really strong team”.

In 2017, Ms Shah was criticised after she retweeted and liked a tweet from a parody account of newspaper columnist Owen Jones.

It said: “Those abused girls in Rotherham and elsewhere just need to shut their mouths. For the good of diversity.”

Ms Shah later deleted the retweet and unliked the post.

She claimed supporting the post had been a “genuine accident” but did not offer her apologies.

In response, Rotherham survivor and campaigner Sammy Woodhouse said she did not believe it had been an accident and called for her to resign.

Ms Shah was also suspended from the Labour party in 2016 over anti-semitic comments she made about Israel.

She later apologised for the comments, which had been made on Facebook before she became an MP.

Wentworth and Dearne MP John Healey has been appointed as the shadow secretary of state for defence.



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