A Tory MP has sparked controversy after he claimed that 'gangs of Muslim men are going round and raping white.'
Hopkins, MP for Keighley, said the extraordinary claim was a 'fact' and urged government agencies to tackle the problem.
However, his remarks has been criticised by Muslim leaders in his constituency, who said he overstepped the line during a Commons debate, the Daily Mail reports.
According to the paper, Hopkins, a former leader of Bradford city council, also claimed Muslim men were 'fundamentally' sexist towards women, and politicians had to challenge behaviour and culture.
Speaking in a parliamentary debate on child sexual exploitation, Hopkins claimed mainstream parties had failed by not speaking out about the racial and cultural aspect to some abuse cases and extremists groups had filled the vacuum.
"The British National Party will use grooming as a key element of its campaign in the Rotherham election campaign, which will start soon. Not all British Pakistani men are abusing white kids. There is a minority, though. The media coverage gives long lists of notorious abusers - including vicars, priests and celebrities - who are all white and non-Muslim," he told MPs.
"The 'vast majority' of child abusers in this country are white. But we should not get away from the fact that gangs of Muslim men are going round and raping white kids at this moment in time," he added.
Hopkins conceded that his friends in the Commons and 'back home' would not like what he was saying, but he felt it had to be said, the paper said.
"Fundamentally, there is a sexist behaviour by Muslim men towards women. We talk about institutions and commissions and all the rest of it. Fundamentally, as leaders, we need to challenge the behaviour that is going on," he said. (ANI)