Welcome to you on this beautiful Sunday morning, the day that Labour members realise that they have a real fight on their hands!
Respects Yvonne Ridley, has a reputation as a formidable campaigner, that will go down well with the ex-Labour voters in Rotherham, who now stay away from voting because the Labour Party no longer even seeks to represent them! There are enough of them to swing the vote decisively! Oh dear! Yvonne on Twitter, @yvonneridley.
Labour Selection: In addition to Richard Burgon, there are three suitors with easily recognisable surnames, desperately seeking parliamentary seats. I speak of Will Straw, Euan Blair and Joe Dromey, no less! Labour Royalty even, dynasties in the making?
The #nocarpetbaggershere Twitter #tag is being used to imply support for Mahroof Hussain, even by some who privately can’t stand him and use the most derogatory of terms when describing Mahroof Hussain in private. Politicians saying one thing in public, then doing another in private, well I never! Machiavelli is alive and well and can be seen in Rotherham’s Lubyanka!
Omar Meban has withdrawn in favour of Yvonne and has said that everyone is welcome to join him in helping with Yvonne’s campaign.
Newsflash!!!! Another Independent candidate has declared, this time the Rev Simon Copley! More about this in the first post tomorrow.
Updated as further news comes in, email rothpol with your news.