Islamic Grooming Gangs Abusing Schoolgirls Weren't Probed Due to 'Political Correctness'
Ken Macdonald said there had been “past reluctance” to look into Muslim men who had been targeting white girls.
But speaking on the Today programme on BBC Radio 4, Lord MacDonald said that was no longer the case after recent prosecutions.
The Liberal Democrat peer's comments come after 18 people were convicted of or admitted offences in a series of trials related to child sexual exploitation in Newcastle.
He said: "I think there has been in the past a reluctance to investigate a category of crime that people might believe attaches to a particular community in circumstances where men may be targeting young women.”
Presenter John Humphrys cut in to clarify which part of the community he was referring to.
He said: ”In other words, we're talking about - by and large - Muslim men who have been targeting white girls?"
Lord Macdonald replied: "Yes, exactly."
Mr Humphrys then asked if political correctness had “interfered with the course of justice”.
Lord Macdonald reiterated cases has not been looked into as they should have been.
He said: ”I think that's no longer the case and I think the fact that these sorts of cases are now being brought successfully demonstrates that those sorts of so-called taboos no longer exist - but I don't think any of us can pretend that in the past these cases have been examined as rigorously as they might have been."
He added he hoped attitudes towards young women in these cases had changed.
He said: ”There's obviously a serious issue about the way young women are regarded in these cases.
“Regarded as trash, regarded as available for sex, and this seems to be a recurring theme - and I don't think anyone thinks now we've got it.