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Cologne sex attacks? They’re no different to a Saturday night in Birmingham. Labour MP under fire after claiming women are ‘baited and heckled’ every weekend in her local city centre

  • Jess Phillips spoke about organised assaults on women by migrants
  • She made link to the atmosphere in Britain’s second city on nights out
  • Told Question Time about assaults at Birmingham nightspot Broad St 
  • Birmingham MP believes UK should take as many refugees as it can

Jess Phillips, Labour MP for Birmingham Yardley, compared the organised assaults on women by gangs of migrants, to the atmosphere in Britain’s second city on a night out.

She made the comments on Question Time last night after an audience member suggested the situation in Germany showed where ‘mass immigration doesn’t work’.

Claim: Jess Phillips, Labour MP for Birmingham Yardley, compared the organised assaults on women by gangs of migrants in Cologne, to the atmosphere in Britain’s second city Birmingham on a night out


 Comparison: Mrs Phillips said that a 'very similar situation to what happened in Cologne could be described on Broad Street in Birmingham every week where women are baited and heckled' (file picture from 2004)


Blasted: Her remarks prompted a furious response on Twitter from viewers of the BBC One show last night

Blasted: Her remarks prompted a furious response on Twitter from viewers of the BBC One show last night

Shocking: Daniel Baxter shared his view that Mrs Phillips was considerably wide of the mark with her comments

Shocking: Daniel Baxter shared his view that Mrs Phillips was considerably wide of the mark with her comments

‘Don’t you think the women in Cologne, and the women who was unfortunately killed in Sweden don’t you think they’re scared as well?’, he said.

Mrs Phillips said: ‘There is violence against women and girls that you are describing, a very similar situation to what happened in Cologne could be described on Broad Street in Birmingham every week where women are baited and heckled.’

 ‘We have to attack what we perceive as being patriarchal culture coming into any culture that isn’t patriarchal and making sure we tell people not to be like that.

‘But we should be careful in this country before we rest on our laurels when two women are murdered every week.’

Clubs: Broad Street is a popular nightspot in Birmingham and home to numerous bars, restaurants and clubs


 Her remarks prompted a furious response on Twitter from viewers of the BBC One show last night.

Very similar situation to what happened in Cologne could be described on Broad Street in Birmingham every week
Jess Phillips

Birmingham-based engineer Simon Caswell tweeted: ‘Shocking statement from Jess Phillips claiming the attacks in Cologne could be described on Broad St every week. Hurts as a Brummie.’

And caravan hire businessman John Williams of Kent said: ‘Jess Phillips MP likens the Cologne attacks on 820+ women to a Sat night on Broad Street Birmingham. Take the shame, Jess.’

Meanwhile journalist Chris Humphreys from Portsmouth said: ‘Did Jess Phillips just compare the apparent mass sexual assault in Cologne with Birmingham city centre? Oh dear oh dear.’

Left wingers: Mrs Phillips, pictured with former Labour leader Ed Miliband in London last July, hit the headlines last year when she called in police after receiving a series of disgusting rape threats


 Crime wave: German cities saw a wave of sex attacks and mob violence on New Year’s Eve. In Cologne (above), more than 800 women claimed they were sexually assaulted or robbed by mobs of young men


 Broad Street is a popular nightspot in Birmingham city centre and home to numerous bars, restaurants and clubs.

Aid worker: Alexandra Mezher, 22, was killed at the child migrant centre where she worked in Sweden
Aid worker: Alexandra Mezher, 22, was killed at the child migrant centre where she worked in Sweden

On New Year’s Eve a number of German cities saw a wave of sex attacks and mob violence.

In Cologne, more than 800 women claimed they were sexually assaulted or robbed by mobs of young men, with the majority of suspects of North African origin.

There have also been complaints of assaults by migrants in Hamburg, Munich and Berlin.

This week it emerged migrants arriving in Germany are being given an instruction manual telling them not to grope women.

In the series of 14 cartoons intended to promote integration, migrants are also told to look women in the eyes rather than any other part of their body when talking to them.

One warns that women should be respected ‘no matter what they are wearing’. A picture of a man touching a woman’s bottom has a big cross through it.

Since the attacks, Germany has seen sales of pepper spray and gas-powered pistols in spiking. Shopkeepers reported scores of concerned women purchasing weapons for self-defence.

On Monday an aid worker Alexandra Mezher, 22, was knifed to death at the child migrant centre where she worked in Molndal, Sweden.

Reaction: Birmingham-based engineer Simon Caswell tweeted: 'Shocking statement from Jess Phillips claiming the attacks in Cologne could be described on Broad St every week. Hurts as a Brummie'

Reaction: Birmingham-based engineer Simon Caswell tweeted: ‘Shocking statement from Jess Phillips claiming the attacks in Cologne could be described on Broad St every week. Hurts as a Brummie’

Unimpressed: Caravan hire businessman John Williams of Kent said: 'Jess Phillips MP likens the Cologne attacks on 820+ women to a Sat night on Broad Street Birmingham. Take the shame, Jess'

Unimpressed: Caravan hire businessman John Williams of Kent said: ‘Jess Phillips MP likens the Cologne attacks on 820+ women to a Sat night on Broad Street Birmingham. Take the shame, Jess’

BRUMMIE MOTHER-OF-TWO WHO ONCE TOLD DIANE ABBOTT TO ‘F*** OFF’

In December she revealed she had told Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn to his face ‘I’ll knife you in the front – not the back’ – but his supporters took it as a genuine death threat.

The feminist MP said that Mr Corbyn is ‘lovely’ but several Corbyn supporters turned on her for using the violent phrase. However, she replied to one critic: ‘It’s a metaphor, darling’.

Mrs Phillips, who would consider a coup if the Labour leader continues to put off voters, said that the pacifist’s opposition to police ‘shooting to kill’ marauding terrorists and mistrust over Labour’s economic policy had upset the public.

In October Mrs Phillips hit the headlines when she called in police upon receiving a series of disgusting rape threats online after laughing at the idea of an International Men’s Day.

Trolls targeted her in the days after she giggled at the suggestion that men’s issues should be debated in Parliament, and she passed on the worst abuse to West Midlands Police.

Mrs Phillips, who has also spoken out about scrapping the so-called ‘tampon tax’, admitted she was worried her two young sons, Harry, 10, and Danny, seven, would see them.

And one month earlier the backbencher told fellow Labour MP Diane Abbott to ‘f*** off’ while Mr Corbyn allegedly looked on without intervening.

Mrs Phillips, who is married to lift engineer Tom, hit back after the Hackney North MP had accused her of being ‘sanctimonious’ about the lack of women in Mr Corbyn’s top team.

The long-time Labour activist was elected to Birmingham City Council in 2012 to represent Longbridge ward, having previously worked in the charity, community and public sectors.

 

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