“JOURNALIST Joan Smith wrote last week “the female G-spot is a myth” and fellas should stop looking… but that’s news to her ex-partner, Rotherham MP Denis MacShane. Westminster whispers say he’s as keen as ever to carry out bedroom research – and has been trying to enlist the help of Lib Dem Vicky Pryce. Maybe as pillow talk they could discuss the police investigations they’ve both been under – him into alleged expenses fiddling and her into allegedly perverting the course of justice over her ex-husband former Cabinet minister Chris Huhne’s speeding ticket.”
When Rotherham Politics first learned that Iain StJohn was to be Agent for Darren Hughes in the elections this year, we thought that things may well be ‘interesting’ to say the least. Iain StJohn had himself been a subject of a nine month police investigation for irregularities resulting from last years parish council elections! A very suitable choice then?
Last Fridays Advertiser carried a short piece on the difficulties Darren Hughes and Iain StJohn were in over the ‘Red Mist’ of posters, supporting Hughes, that went up the weekend of the 21st, just before the postal votes went out, 87% of Anston & Woodsetts ward vote that way, We understand!
On Monday representations were made to Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council about this illegal fly posting. Darren was duly ordered to take them down. Karl Battersby’s name has been mentioned in this regard.
Delaying tactics were then employed by the ‘Dodgy Darren’ campaign resulting in these illegal posters staying up for the crucial period of the postal votes. Most return postal votes within the first three days and with 87% of Anston & Woodsetts voters voting this way, by the weekend after when they started to come down, they would already have had the desired effect!
Why were they put up in the first place when Labours own Legal Handbook states:
“Fly-posting is illegal in any circumstances and no poster should be displayed without the consent of the owner of the property. Legal action can now be taken against those benefiting from fly-posting as well as those undertaking it.”
This advice is pretty unequivocal!
So there you have it, either they knew about this and carried on regardless or they were totally ignorant of this either way it demonstrates Labour’s hubris.
Iain StJohn and Darren Hughes, evidently think they have nothing to learn from their own sides advice, nor follow it as Labour ‘owns’ Rotherham Borough!
Have voters been conned? You bet they have!
Does ‘pride come before before a fall’?
Some reflections and snippets on this years local election campaigns and candidates:
“Best of luck to Emma Hoddinott in her quest to become our new young Labour Councillor for Wickersley and Bramley. She has my vote assured.
It will be great if the electors support her and we get a new young face with new thinking, fresh ideas, along with some high principles and scruples into Da Rovrum Laybah Grooip to challenge the waist-busting junketing and greedy accepting of gifts and hospitality that has created the odious political patronage machine of Da Dodger and his scummy gang of Corn Fed Grunters, Muppets and Clowns.” Grald-Hunter.
“Promoted by Iain StJohn on behalf of Darren Hughes both of 27 Blue Mans Way, Rotherham. S60 5UR. Printed by Hughes & Hughes Developments Ltd, Orchard Centre, West Bar Green, Sheffield, S1 2DA.”
“Hello, I would like to repeat my earlier post to you. I am so glad you received my leaflet OK and thanks for sharing. Please hold me to my pledges to the community I love (if I am re-elected).” Ken Wyatt.
“No leaflets from the Tories this year? completely rubbish candidates too!” Rothpol.
“The Rotherham West labour team were out this pm getting the postal vote out. Great support 4 Kath on the doorstep”
“In our own area Cllr Darren Hughes (Anston and Woodsetts, who was once a Conservative and is now standing under the Labour banner), has distributed letters around our village without his full address.
While Cllr Hughes states he lives in Rotherham he forgets to put Catcliffe on his literature.” Stuart Thornton.
“When campaigning in this weather, politicos think, “This shows my commitment”. What’s it look like to everyone else? Well. Yes.”
The war of words continues: Vote Dave Smith – Independent Candidate Dinnington Ward
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We have to give Darren one thing, his single minded determination to con the voters of Anston and Woodsetts Ward into re-electing ex-Tory boy, this time, as a Labour candidate!
Darren Hughes campaign materials up to now are consistent in containing mostly deliberate half-truths, inaccuracies and frank deceptions!
We at Rotherham Politics were very surprised to learn therefore, that Darren Hughes lodged a Police complaint about the nature of statements made in his Independent opponent, Clive Jepson’s, election address!
The complaint took issue with Clive’s assertion that Darren Hughes had been, I quote:
“Working to get a private religious school built on green belt land at Anston.”
We though the reports to be a joke when we first heard them, but they proved to be accurate.
Is Darren Hughes on the same planet to the rest of us? These are his own words on the subject in an email reproduced in this post:
“I’ve been working with the proposed applicant at all stages of their planning over the past year or so.”
The ‘fair comment defence’ is more than necessary to put paid to this ridiculous and spiteful complaint from this odious man! That or the ‘Arkell vs Pressdram’ defence! Scroll down a little way, we should warn you in advance that base language is present.
View/download this priceless artifact of Rotherham’s 2012 Election Season:
From: C Jepson
Sent: Mon 28/11/2011 16:50
To: Hughes, Darren
Subject: Planning Application RB 2011/1568 Proposed School and Gospel
Hall Todwick Road/Common Road, North Anston
Dear Councillor Hughes,
As you were not present at the parish council meeting on the 21st
November when the above matter was discussed, perhaps you have now been
made aware that following a vote the council decided to object to the
A recorded vote was taken and your fellow Anston and Woodsetts Borough
Councillors voted in favour of the application with a third Borough
I would be grateful therefore if you could put on record your own views
on this issue.
Anston Parish Councillor
From: “Hughes, Darren” <Darren.Hughes@rotherham.gov.uk>
Date: Tue, 29 Nov 2011 16:30:33 -0000
Subject: RE: Planning Application RB 2011/1568 Proposed School and
Gospel Hall Todwick Road/Common Road, North Anston
To: C Jepson
Cc: “Dalton, Judy” <Judy.Dalton@rotherham.gov.uk>, “Burton, Josephine”
Thank you for your email. I’ve been working with the proposed applicant
at all stages of their planning over the past year or so. Having had
discussions with RMBC planners, highways agency and taking into
consideration offers made by the applicant with regards to road safety
issues and discussions about their reasons for requesting to build on
greenbelt land and their criteria for this, in addition to other
concerns raised and discussed such as neighbouring properties, I can
confirm that I have no objection to the application.
I trust this information is straightforward and useful.
Councillor Darren J L Hughes
Chairman Self Regulation Select Commission
Anston & Woodsetts Ward
Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council
T: 01709 367263 M: 07957 648423 E: firstname.lastname@example.org
Rotherham Town Hall