I raised the issue of Respect taking soundings of its chances in Rotherham weeks ago, well before the downfall of MacShane, the reception from disenfranchised voters was encouraging.
The feedback I had from individuals who stopped to listen was that their message was taken onboard by all sections of the community.
Yvonne Ridley is a formidable individual with the fire in her belly to stir up the voters, for far too long Labour has taken its Northern power base for granted, the Town’s MP has been a disgrace, Labour Councillors have made RMBC a laughing stock, she will be pushing against an open door when it comes to encouraging voters to move away from Labour.
Who knows, a new Respect MP followed in the local elections of Respect Councillors in Rotherham East, West and Boston Castle?
It would be ironic that one of the key officials in the Rotherham child abuse scandal manages to get elected to a £80,000 a year post and the official Labour by-election candidate fails to win the seat because of a range of factors including the child abuse scandal.
Rotherham Labour Party has a lot to thank Shaun Wright for!