Threat to moderate Labour MPs grows as deselection gets easier

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Labour MPs could face a lower threshold for deselection after the party’s ruling body backed rule changes to make it easier for constituency parties to challenge incumbents. At present MPs face a trigger ballot — which could force them to … Continue reading

CSE trial: Barristers claim rape accused men ‘wrongly identified’

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BARRISTERS defending two men accused of rape have claimed the alleged victim has wrongly identified the pair. Nabeel Kurshid (34), of Weetwood Road, Rotherham, and Iqlak Yousaf (34), of Tooker Road, Rotherham, are accused of raping the girl between 2002 … Continue reading

Jurors hear ‘secret recording’ of suspected rapist targeting alleged victim

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A WOMAN who says she was sexually exploited as a teenager told a court she was “scared” when her alleged abuser confronted her in the street and followed her home years later. The 31-year-old told Sheffield Crown Court that Mohammed … Continue reading

Girl given ecstasy and abused ‘every night’, jury told

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A SCHOOLGIRL was given class A drugs and alcohol by a group of men and forced to have sex “every single night”, a court has heard. Four men are on trial for sexually exploiting the girl between 2001 and 2003 … Continue reading

Child abuse trial: ‘We needed help,’ says aunt of pregnant teenage sisters

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TWO sisters were both made pregnant as schoolgirls after becoming involved with older Asian youths and men, a court has heard. The sisters’ aunt told a jury she scoured the streets looking for her nieces — but knew there would … Continue reading

BBC news chief in the dock over alleged naming of Rotherham child sex abuse victim

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A BBC radio channel’s head of news has appeared in court over a news report in which a Rotherham child sex abuse victim was allegedly named. Arif Ansari was charged under the Sexual Offences (Amendment) Act 1992 in relation to … Continue reading

Girl: “By age of 16, I’d slept with 100 Asian men”, court told

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A GIRL was trafficked around the country and had sex with “100 Asian men” by the time she was 16, a court heard. The alleged victim, now aged 32, said she had been taken to locations such as Birmingham, Manchester … Continue reading

Girl given cannabis and sexually abused in factory, jury told

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A SCHOOLGIRL was given cannabis and made to perform sexual acts on a man in an abandoned factory, a court has heard. The alleged victim, who was aged between 13 and 15 at the time, said in a police interview … Continue reading

Protests as 18 defendants appear in court charged with child sex exploitation offences in Huddersfield

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Seventeen men and a woman have appeared in court charged with offences relating to the alleged sexual exploitation of children in Huddersfield. More than 20 police were on duty outside the West Yorkshire town’s magistrates’ court as the defendants appeared … Continue reading

VIDEO: Call for all Rotherham councillors to vote on learning disability centre closures

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CAMPAIGNERS have called for all Rotherham councillors to be given a vote on the closure of the town’s learning disability centres. Addressing dozens of protesters outside the Town Hall before this afternoon’s full council meeting, Robin Symonds, of Save Rotherham’s … Continue reading

NCA: Four men deny 12 child sex offences – hunt for fifth continues

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FOUR men have pleaded not guilty to 12 historic child sex offences – while another suspect remains at large. Amin Aslam (34), of Leatham Avenue, Masbrough, Faisal Hussain (31), of Lovetot Road, Kimberworth Park, Yasser Iqbal Hussain (34), of Norborough … Continue reading

MP Kevin Barron quits standards committee role

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Standards watchdog head Sir Kevin Barron resigns over cover-up fears The head of the Commons standards watchdog has resigned and accused parliament of “sacrificing transparency” by banning the identification of MPs who are under investigation. Sir Kevin Barron announced yesterday … Continue reading

Six arrests after investigation into child sexual exploitation in Glasgow

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Six people have been arrested after a police investigation into child sexual exploitation in one of Scotland’s most deprived communities. Specialist detectives were brought into Govanhill, in the south of Glasgow, after The Times published reports alleging that children were … Continue reading

Labour frontbencher spent thousands in taxpayer cash on legal battle with Jewish aide

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A Labour frontbencher spent thousands of pounds of taxpayers’ cash in a legal row with his Jewish Parliamentary assistant after she accused him of religious discrimination. Shadow Europe minister Khalid Mahmood was taken to an employment tribunal by his staff … Continue reading

Sex abuse reform ‘a step backwards’

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The victims’ commissioner has accused senior police officers of taking a retrograde step over plans to abandon the national policy to believe alleged sexual abuse victims automatically. Baroness Newlove said that victims of rape and sexual assault would be less … Continue reading

Vulnerable grandfather, 96, is found slumped in a chair still in his hospital gown by his distraught daughter after being discarded at his home by NHS hospital driver

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A vulnerable 96-year-old grandad was discarded at his home by a hospital driver  Cliff Schofield’s daughter Jane, of Rotherham, South Yorkshire, found him The elderly Mr Schofield was collapsed in a chair still in his hospital gown A vulnerable 96-year-old … Continue reading

Case file on former Liverpool Council boss Ged Fitzgerald handed to Crown Prosecution Service

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Mr Fitzgerald and two other former city council executives could face trial over fraud probe A case file of evidence gathered on former Liverpool Council chief executive Ged Fitzgerald and two other ex-council executives has been handed to the Crown … Continue reading

Jewish Labour MP ‘feels unwelcome’ after Corbyn comments

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A Jewish Labour MP has said she feels “unwelcome” in the party after a video emerged showing Jeremy Corbyn accusing British Zionists of having “no sense of English irony”. Liverpool Wavertree MP Luciana Berger described the Labour leader’s comments, in … Continue reading

Quaker trust ordered to answer for terrorist ties

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A Quaker trust must answer “serious questions” about its funding of a charity with close ties to the suspected leaders of a dissident republican terrorist group, a senior Ulster politician said yesterday. Gavin Robinson, defence spokesman for the Democratic Unionist … Continue reading

£1m boost for Rotherham vulnerable children service

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SPECIALIST youth workers in Rotherham have been handed £1 million to continue and expand their work protecting young people. The Barnardo’s ReachOut centre, off Moorgate Road, was given the cash from the Home Office’s Trusted Relationship Fund. Crime minister Victoria … Continue reading

Chocolate trust’s long road to a bitter destination

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Chocolate trust’s long road to a bitter destination Complete text: It has funded a charity that employed alleged republican terrorists and a pressure group that defends suspected Islamist jihadists. Has the Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust lost its moral compass? Cash … Continue reading

Labour MP Chris Williamson’s ‘democracy roadshow’ criticised

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An ally of Jeremy Corbyn’s has rejected claims he is using a tour of Labour constituencies to push for the removal of critics of the party leader. Chris Williamson said his “democracy roadshow” was an attempt to engage seriously with … Continue reading

I won’t stand for Labour in Sheffield Hallam because of anti-Semitism in the party, says ex-candidate Oliver Coppard

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A former Labour Parliamentary candidate for the Sheffield Hallam seat says he will not be standing for the role again because of his concerns about anti-Semitism within the party. Oliver Coppard, who took on then-Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg in … Continue reading

Honour culture protects Pakistani grooming gangs

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August 21 2018, 12:01am, The Times Honour culture protects Pakistani grooming gangs Azeem Ibrahim As Sarah Champion, the Labour MP for Rotherham, can confirm, wading into the child grooming debate in Britain is a bit like putting on a blindfold and … Continue reading

Sheffield City Region: ‘Lots achieved in first 100 days despite no devolution deal’ says mayor Dan Jarvis

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South Yorkshire metro mayor Dan Jarvis has said a lot has been achieved in his first 100 days in office despite no breakthrough on devolution. Mr Jarvis points out progress being made to transform South Yorkshire from a post-industrial region … Continue reading