Naz Shah accepts Leave.EU apology over ‘horrendous’ social media post

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BRADFORD: Labour MP Naz Shah has welcomed an apology from Leave.EU after an “horrendous” social media post left her facing abuse and death threats, PA has reported.

Ms Shah began libel action against the pro-Brexit campaign group after a Facebook post claimed she was a “grooming gangs apologist”. Leave.EU issued an apology on Thursday which accepted that the Bradford West MP was a “vociferous campaigner for victims of grooming gangs”.

Naz Shah MP

The Leave.EU statement said: “On December 16 2019 we posted a Facebook post which described Naz Shah MP as a ‘grooming gangs apologist’. “While the publication had been intended to be satirical; we appreciate that it was ill-judged and untrue. We accept that Ms Shah is not an ‘apologist’ for grooming gangs but is a vociferous campaigner for victims of grooming gangs. “We apologise for the distress caused by it and have paid Ms Shah damages for libel.”

The libellous comment was part of a post making fun of possible contenders to succeed Jeremy Corbyn as leader of the Labour Party.

It was taken down on the same day but had already been shared and commented on thousands of times, including on Twitter.

Ms Shah said that she welcomed the apology but she said the post had been copied numerous times and screenshots continued to be used by those wanting to abuse her.

“I’m one of the most abused MPs on Twitter because of this allegation,” she told the PA news agency.“It’s horrible, it’s really horrible.”

Ms Shah said: “The allegation of me being a grooming apologist has been horrendous. “The fact they’ve accepted that I’m a vociferous campaigner against grooming is important to me.