Bradford West MP Naz Shah has welcomed an apology from the Leave.EU after a social media post left her facing abuse.
Ms Shah started legal action against the pro-Brexit campaigners after they claimed she was a ‘grooming gang apologist’
On Thursday Leave.EU issues an apology stating the MP was a ‘vociferous campaigner for victims of grooming gangs’
The statement read:
“On the December 16 2019 we posted a Facebook post which described Naz Shah MP as a ‘grooming gang apologist’.
While the post 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 libel.”
The libellous comment was part of a post making fun of possible contenders as the new leader of the Labour Party.
It was taken down on the same day but was shared and commented across social media.
Taking to twitter the MP wrote:
“I faced a significant level of abuse because of these false allegations. So, I am pleased with the apology and the clarification that I am a vociferous campaigner for victims of grooming.
I will now focus on continuing to support women and children who are victims of abuse. I thank my legal team, my staff team, Labour MPs, friends, and family for their support.”