Representing the town, the people … or something else ?

Update on Rotherham Borough Councillors representing Maltby :

(from RMBC website)

Councillor Amy Rushforth

Ward : Maltby  Party : Labour

Biography : Councillor Rushforth has been a member of the Council since 2000 and is currently Cabinet Member for Lifelong Learning and Culture.

Councillor Will Blair 

Ward: Maltby   Party: British National Party

Biography: Councillor Blair has been a member of the Council since May 2008 and is a member of the Health Select Commission

Councillor Chris Beaumont

Ward: Maltby  Party: Labour

Biography : Councillor Beaumont was elected a Councillor on 5th May, 2011 and is a Senior Adviser for the Cabinet Member for Safeguarding and Developing Learning Opportunities for Children, Vice-Chairman of the Wentworth Valley Area Assembly and a member of the Improving Places and Health Select Commissions.

This seems reasonable enough – 2 Labour and 1 BNP sounds about ok from my knowledge of the views of Maltby electorate.

Apart from not  getting my head and understanding around the new cabinet members titles and responsibilities (yet) there are another couple of things that don’t feel quite right to me.

Why does anyone stand for election as a  Rotherham Borough Councillor when they have never stood for Maltby Town Council ?  Surely if being a councillor is to represent the people, then it’s logical that you would want to represent them at all levels. A sort of ‘working your way outwards’ rather than upwards. Amy Rushforth and Chris Beaumont are both currently serving on MTC and (despite them both being Labour party members) this appears to me that they have the interest of Maltby at heart. Our BNP councillor does and always has donated generously to local causes and events, but apparently doesn’t want to have his say too locally.

Secondly, if you are a member of Maltby Town Council (past chair, in fact) why would you stand for election for a neighbouring ward and not your own ?

 Councillor Jenny Andrews

Ward: Hellaby  Party: Labour

Biography : Councillor Andrews was elected a Councillor on 5th May, 2011 and is an adviser to the Cabinet Member for Culture, Lifestyle, Sport and Tourism and a member of the Improving Places Select Commission and Licensing Board.

One view might be that this was party politics working at it’s fullest (and worst) – or would that just be cynical ?

Have your say about Rotherham Advertiser

Are you tired of   ’lazy journalism’ ? Fed up of reading pieces lifted directly from press releases provided by the subject  in question? Longing for a ‘MacShane free week’ ? Bored of seeing the same old stories from the same old people week after week? Wish you could have your opinion aired more objectively ?

If you’ve answered ‘yes’ to even one of these questions, now is the time to join the Rotherham Advertiser’s Readers Panel !

Rona Biggins, PA to Doug Melloy of the Rotherham Advertiser says :

‘ Thank you for letting me know you are able to attend the meeting on 19 July at Vascos.
I have attached a copy of the questionnaire as requested. We are hoping to attract more members over the next few months, particularly non-readers, occasional readers and some younger people so it would be helpful if you could pass it on to anyone you know would be interested.’

Anyone interested or knows anyone interested, either get in touch here or contact Rona directly at

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Hope to see you at the next meeting ...

To Kevin Hall, Editor of Maltby News (defamation of character IS an offence)

Dear Kevin Hall : Editor Maltby News,

I am sure that you will not print this letter in the Maltby News paper as you have made it clear that you do not give your readers the right to reply unless their views fit in with your own and those of a ‘chosen few’.

In fact it appears from the June edition of the paper that you do not print readers’  letters at all. In place of letters or even an editorial comment you have printed a further ‘report’ by Alice Rodgers again castigating Maltby Town Council and ‘reporting’ from Maltby Forum. As you know Maltby Forum is the  group that has repeatedly refused to provide details of it’s membership  and it’s constitution. The only ‘information’ that they have provided has numerous irregularities and is out of date, yet Maltby News continues to  publish pieces from someone who purports to be an official.

Any member of the public reading these things in Maltby News will naturally, assume that what is written is factual, credible and honest.

Much of what is written is none of these.

Over the past 18 months there have been many instances of defamation and libel against me and my friend on the letters pages of the Maltby News paper. One of those responsible continues to send malicious and libellous emails, cc’ing numerous people into them including you, Gareth Dennison and Doug Melloy of The Advertiser,The Worksop and Dinnington Guardian, Maltby Town Council and a selection of MPs and councillors.

There has been much in the media recently of injunctions and privacy laws. The Prime Minister has said the law should be reviewed to “catch up with how people consume media today” and that  it is unfair that newspapers could not name individuals whose identity was being widely circulated on the internet.  But I know from personal experience that views and perspectives that the public take from the media are not always the full story. Newspaper reports are often taken as ‘gospel’ and our local newspapers in particular have a duty to represent all views and rectify false accusations. Once something is written it becomes fact for some people and no amount of further evidence will change their views.

You suggested to me by telephone Kevin Hall, that I should report you to the Press Complaints Commission. Again, as you well know, the majority of UK publications fall under their jurisdiction but Maltby News is not one of them as it does not belong to any of the five publishers’ associations

So there is no course of action that can be taken apart from a civil one, which obviously is beyond the financial means of the general public and myself. The Police are however, investigating the matter and I trust that a positive outcome will be the result of this.

Despite you ignoring my last five letters to you I am not deterred in ensuring that everyone who this situation effects is informed. I am advised to write to yet again to ask for my previous letters to be printed in order to show the public of Maltby that your paper is a reputable source of news and correct information.

It is only by honesty and openness of everyone, including the media that ordinary folk like me can have the truth told.

(Copies of the offending paper can be found at

Lyn Brown another Labour hypocrite!

Labour MP Lyn Brown proudly says this on her website:

“Since her election in 2005, Lyn has campaigned tirelessly for a Living Wage for all”

But puts our a job advert that says this:

“An intelligent and enthusiastic volunteer worker is required to work in a busy, Westminster office.”

To offer employment on a voluntary basis, unpaid therefore, in central London would be disgraceful at any time, but for an active campaigner for a living wage, it amounts to the worst kind of hypocrisy possible, but she is a Labour MP so it must come naturally?

Just when you think the Greenbelt is finally safe – further threats emerge!

One of the first subjects to be examined on Rotherham Politics was the outrageous attack on Rotherham’s green spaces occasioned by the, then, Labour governments policies with unintended and unwelcome consequences. John Healey was the Minister in charge of this policy objective.

When this government was formed last year, the Communities Secretary, Eric Pickles a blunt speaking Yorkshire man as it happens, announced that the attack on greenbelt land was over. Most of us then, I am afraid, took our eye off this particular ball.

We should be indebted therefore to the save our greenbelt campaigners and Simon Collett in particular for not doing the same thing! The Rotherham Advertiser brought this story to wider attention of their readers; Housing plans for green belt scaled down, by Gareth Dennison.

While news of any reduction of greenbelt use is to be welcomed, I would rather doubt that even the more limited proposals will be any more acceptable than the ridiculous previous proposals. Definitely time to get off our bums and campaign against these still crazy proposals!

Email Simon here: or phone: 07572113034

Jacob Rees Mogg – New to twitter, is he making a twit of himself?

Jake Rees-Mogg MP

Jake Rees-Mogg MP


De omnibus dubitandum est.

My translation, my Latin is rusty, doubt everything, would be a close approximation.

Definitely a good candidate for any upper class twit of the year competition, don’t you just love this idiot!

Jacob Rees-Mogg bashes blogger into submission!

Posted on April 27, 2011 by rothpol

When Bath University student, Hadleigh Roberts, started a satirical blog entitled the “Rees-Mogg Blogg“, little did he realise that old Etonian, millionaire, Pension Fund Manager and now Tory MP for North East Somerset Jacob Rees-Mogg, didn’t have a sense of … Continue reading →

UPDATE!! Even us old cynics at Rotherham Politics fell for this spoof! So believable and very funny especially today’s tweets. Read it while you can at; @jakereesmogg.

Welcome to termite

When I informed readers about the secure email service Hushmail on the RikiLeaks page, that could be used to communicate with us anonymously, little did I expect it to flush out a new blog contributor, termite!

We welcome termite to the rothpol team and wish them at least some enjoyment at blogging! We can’t introduce termite because, presumably, they feel they must keep their identity private but they can be contacted using this secure email address,

Termite says that they are willing to help, anonymously of course, anyone who wants to blow the whistle about Council matters in particular.