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Ex-Labour politician Lord Ahmed is jailed for historic child sex offences


Disgraced peer Lord Ahmed has been jailed for more than five years for trying to rape a young girl and sexually assaulting a boy aged under 11 in the 1970s - and his victim is now calling for him to be stripped of his title.

The former Labour politician, 64, was convicted in January of sexually abusing two children when he was a teenager in Rotherham.

A woman had told Sheffield Crown Court that Ahmed tried to rape her in the early 1970s, when the defendant was about 16 or 17 years old but she was much younger.  

Jurors were also told that he carried out a serious sexual assault against a boy under 11, also in the early 1970s.

Ahmed was found guilty of two counts of attempted rape and one of buggery and was jailed for five years and six months.

His two victims, who cannot be identified for legal reasons, both bravely sat in court to see their abuser jailed. 

Ahmed's male victim welcomed his prison sentence but is now calling for the disgraced politician to be stripped of his title.

'I'm happy in that he got a lengthy custodial sentence, but not happy he is still called a lord and everything that goes with it,' said his victim.

'It cannot be right that people are still referring to him honourable Lord Ahmed - he's a paedophile, there is nothing honourable about that at all.'

Ahmed had resigned from the House of Lords in November 2020 after reading the contents of a conduct committee report which found he sexually assaulted a vulnerable woman who sought his help.

The report made him the first peer to be recommended for expulsion but he resigned before this could be implemented. 

Although he resigned from the House of Lords, he retains the title Lord Ahmed of Rotherham.