Shadow chancellor Ed Balls said that the Labour party's view is that South Yorkshire's police and crime commissioner Shaun Wright should step down - but the party can't make him.
Balls, who was children's secretary in the last Labour government, told BBC Radio 4's The World At One:
The Labour Party has no power to compel somebody who has been elected as a police and crime commissioner to stand down.
But it is absolutely our view that he should do so. That is something which has been communicated to him today and I hope he very much reflects upon the position he is now in and the importance of leadership in these matters.
We need to show that we, not just in Rotherham but across the country, can command public confidence to keep children safe, lessons have got to be learned. But when you have a failure of this magnitude and catastrophe, then people have to take responsibility.
Children as young as 11 were raped by large groups of men, a new inquiry into child sexual exploitation in Rotherham has found.
A report into 16 years of child sexual abuse in Rotherham has concluded that the true scale of exploitation in the town will never be known.