Dominic Beck and HS2

RiliLeaks was pleased to receive a contribution by snailmail, drawing attention to a story on the Advertiser website:

Delight at news of South Yorkshire station for high speed trains

Published date: 28 January 2013 | Published by: Tom Sharpe

Cllr Dominic Beck.

NEWS that the HS2 line would have a station at Meadowhall has been welcomed by business leaders.

Rotherham councillor Dominic Beck, Barnsley and Rotherham Chamber of Commerce’s policy and representation adviser, said: “The Chamber is delighted.

Chancellor George Osborne revealed this morning that the preferred route taken by the £32 billion HS2 scheme would include a station in Tinsley.

Cllr Dominic Beck, Barnsley and Rotherham Chamber of Commerce’s policy and representation adviser, said: “The Chamber is delighted.

“Infrastructure projects like HS2 create confidence, jobs and competitiveness, as long as commitments and announcements lead swiftly to action on the ground.

“This has been long awaited and we now have seen a real commitment from Government to improve connectivity through major infrastructure projects like this.” Read on……..

Our spotter raises the issue of potential for conflict of interest, between Dominic Beck’s membership of RMBC and his employment with Barnsley & Rotherham Chamber.

For someone so young (20 years) Dominic Beck has done well, but we still think he would have been better in the long run to have completed his studies first, before embarking on a political career.

Dominic Beck’s latest Interests Declaration dated 28 Jan 2013

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Sarah Champion – Website

Extract from Sarah Champion’s About section, on her website:

“Sarah was born in Essex in 1969 and moved to Northamptonshire in 1977. She attended Prince William Comprehensive School in Oundle and then went on to gain a BA in Psychology at Sheffield University.  Graduating in 1991, Sarah experienced first hand how difficult it can be for young people to get on the career ladder in the middle of a recession.

She showed determination and initiative by volunteering at St Luke’s Hospice and at Abbeydale Road Secondary School, Sheffield supporting art classes, recognizing that experience was as important to employers as qualifications.  That led to her first paid job, running art and environment workshops in schools and libraries for Rotherham Borough Council.  Sarah then gain full time employment running Rotherham Arts Centre until, in 1994, she went to work for Ashfield District Council as their arts worker.  From 1996 – 2008, Sarah ran Chinese Arts Centre.  This was an international agency promoting contemporary arts and culture.  Sarah became heavily involved in promoting diversity and equality, advising the Arts Council of England on this for 8 years.  In addition Sarah was a Trustee and Chair of many arts and community organizations including a community print co-operative, Boojum Theatre Company, Creative Capital and Step Out Arts (which she still Chair.

In 2008, Sarah decided that she wanted her career to have real social benefit and so she became Chief Executive of Bluebell Wood Children’s Hospice.  The Hospice, based in Rotherham, supports terminally ill children and their families.  It was a deep wrench to leave the Hospice, but Sarah’s lifelong commitment to palliative care was demonstrated by her plea for the Government to support children’s hospices in her maiden speech.”

To visit Sarah Champion’s Website click on link :

Spotted by an observant citizen to whom we are grateful.



 Martin Kimber  Returning Officer  Riverside House, Main Street, Rotherham, S60 1AE

Telephone 01709 362121   Fax 01709 367343

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Dear Sir/Madam,


I refer to your letter requesting that an election be held to fill the vacancy on Maltby Town Council (North Ward), which I can confirm is a valid request.

The date of the election will  be 7th March 2013 The notice of the election will be published no later than 31 January 2013

I will be able to receive completed nomination papers no earlier than Friday 1 February 2013 but not later than noon Friday 8 February 2013.

Nomination papers will be available from my office from Wednesday 30 January 2013 should you require them.

If you require nomination papers or any further assistance please do not hesitate to contact Electoral…

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Fresh Interest – Old Story

Section 106 Agreement – An invitation to extortion? Well what would you call it?

Section 106 agreements, Cllr Mahroof Hussain claims in the most recent edition of the ‘Tiser, “are attached to all sorts of planning applications these days.” You bet they are! What are Section 106 Agreements? Some research: “Section 106 (S106) of … Continue reading →

RMBC tried to sting NHS for almost £250,000! Part Four

RMBC tried to sting NHS for almost £250,000! Part Three

RMBC tried to sting NHS for almost £250,000! Part Two

RMBC tried to sting NHS for almost £250,000! Part One

Sounds like Rotherham?

This from the Yorkshire Post on Ann Cryer giving evidence to the HASC.

Gangs of Pakistani men were allowed to prey on vulnerable young white girls for years in Yorkshire because authorities were “terrified of being called racist”, a former MP has said.

Ann Cryer, who was MP for Keighley for 13 years before stepping down in 2010, said there had been a total failure by local police, social services, schools and hospitals in West Yorkshire to work together to address the mounting evidence of child sex exploitation that emerged a decade ago.

“There has to be inter-agency working – and that wasn’t happening then,” she told a committee of MPs tonight.

“The West Yorkshire Police, Bradford local authority, social services, schools, hospitals even – because abortions were taking place – none of them were working together. None of them were giving information.

“I feel pretty convinced that at that time there was a fear of being called racist.”

So what are politicians doing in Rotherham?

Associating themselves with headlines like, exposing the lies and half truths on Child exploitation!



‘PC’ police failed to stop Asian gangs preying on white girls in Keighley – ex-MP



Venue:   Town Hall, Moorgate Street, Rotherham. S60 2TH

Contact:    Debbie Pons, Principal Democratic Services Officer.

Meeting attendance
Councillor Jahangir AkhtarMemberExpected 
Councillor Sylvia AnginottiMemberExpected 
Councillor Patricia BartlettMemberExpected 
Councillor Peter DaviesMemberExpected 
Councillor Harry HarphamMemberExpected 
Councillor Talib HussainMemberExpected 
Councillor Helen Mirfin-BoukourisMemberExpected 
Councillor May NobleMemberExpected 
Councillor Ken RichardsonMemberExpected 
Councillor Terry SharmanMemberExpected 
Mrs. M. Tennison, Independent Co-opteeMemberExpected 
Mr. K. Walayat, Independent Co-opteeMemberExpected 

Venue: Town Hall, Moorgate
Street, Rotherham. S60
Date: Monday, 28th January, 2013
Time: 12.30 p.m.
1. To determine if the following matters are to be considered under the categories
suggested, in accordance with the…

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1. Meeting: Police and Crime Panel   2. Date: 28th January 2013 

3. Title: Proposed appointment of the Deputy Police and Crime
Commissioner for South Yorkshire
4. Organisation: Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner for South
5. Summary
The Police Reform and Social Responsibility Act 2011 (‘the Act’) provides, under
section 18(1), that the Police and Crime Commissioner for a police area may appoint
a person as the Deputy Police and Crime Commissioner for that area.
Under Schedule 1, paragraph 9, of the Act, the Police and Crime Commissioner
must notify the Police and Crime Panel (‘the Panel’) of his proposed appointment to
the post of ‘Deputy Police and Crime Commissioner’.
The Commissioner must also notify the Panel of the following information:
a) The name of the person he is proposing to appoint;
b) The criteria used to assess the suitability of the candidate for the appointment;

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Tangled Web Indeed!

Oh, what a tangled web we weave
When first we practise to deceive!

Sir Walter Scott, from his poem Marmion.

Almost as soon as Yvonne Ridley’s candidacy for the Respect Party in the Rotherham by-election was announced, she found herself under attack on twitter, from a huge number of recently created accounts! Later, some of these same trolls turned their attention on Rotherham Politics by attempting to leave comments that were less than complimentary or sometimes grossly defamatory. This attack did not stop with the by-election, but continues to this day and at the current count of these rejected attempts, stands at 138.

We all made the assumption back in November, that this was a Labour Party ‘dirty tricks’ campaign. Deniable, but nevertheless a party operation, all the same.

Recent experience has revealed a different explanation. We were wrong, it was not a Labour operation, but a much smaller group entirely dedicated to defending the reputations of just a few, senior members of RMBC.

This web ‘dirty tricks’ operation was inspired by Cllr ‘Moofy’ Hussain and Jahangir ‘ASBO’ Akhtar and a small cohort of supporters, nephews and others. They have been joined recently, by no less a person, than Don Buxton.

The attention seems to have moved from twitter to WordPress blogging. The first iteration of which, lasted less than a week before being taken down. It was hilarious! Especially when someone took the figure of speech ‘fall on their sword’ literally, and actually accused Yvonne Ridley of wanting to ‘impale’ someone on a real sword! As I said it was hilarious, it’s basic motivations were nevertheless clearly apparent for all to see.

The second iteration, is at the same web address as was used for the first, namely, apparently now being run by a Johnathan (sic) Simmons? It appears to be a more modest operation thus far, with only 9 followers and even using multiple identities, few commenters. It is not the intention of Rotherham Politics to engage in some kind of dialogue with this website as it is built on deception and lies and therefore cannot be relied upon.

Confirmation of the involvement of one of Moofy’s nephews, came this morning with a comment that purported to be from an ordinary person, but came from a source previously only ever used, by Vakas Hussain, Moofys nephew! Additionally someone calling themselves A Patel, has just left a comment, the source again relates one that has previously only been used for trolling purposes. I have approved these comments on Why did Labour overlook Mahroof Hussain – Further Speculation? for your enlightenment.

“It has only just struck me this afternoon that Akhtar is losing the plot now. Not with ‘Rosie’ but with RothBradPol itself. 
I’d thought it strange that there was no mention anywhere else about the meeting of the Crime Panel today, apart from the one on RothBradPol.  On looking again, and clicking Tweet, whose name should it be from but @Jahangir Akhtar !
If you go to Tweet any of the other posts on RBP  the name who the tweet is from is ‘RothBradpol1’
That was the first account they made and something went wrong with it I think , hence Johnathan Simmons. They will soon be running out of names to choose that do not have a direct link to themselves !”
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Why did Labour overlook Mahroof Hussain – Further Speculation?

This is another contribution in the debate as to why Mahroof Hussain MBE was rejected by his own party for the Rotherham Constituency.

The Labour Party, for quite some time now, has demonstrated a marked reluctance to present the electorate with by-election candidates having any background in local government. Especially so in northern ‘Heartland’ seats, it would seem.

The Labour Party also has a long and proud tradition, of ignoring the local members in the Rotherham Constituency. That is, after all, how MacShane became the Rotherham Member of Parliament in the first place!

Vaz, Watson and Eagle were members of the Labour Party National Executive shortlisting committee, who had a panel of ten potential candidates including Mahroof Hussain to consider and interview.

It then came as a shock therefore to everyone, who thought Mahroof was nailed on for Rotherham! The NEC committee came up with, an ‘all women shortlist’ of just two! Not including the latest ‘favourite son’, Mahroof Hussain.

Neither of the shortlisted prospective candidates had experience of local government or therefore any ‘baggage’ to come back and haunt them. The ‘clean break’ Sarah Champion was eventually selected with thirteen votes to her name.

Keith Vaz, I should remind readers, is the Chairman of the Home Affairs Select Committee (HASC), who are currently pursuing an investigation into the child exploitation problem in Rotherham and elsewhere.

The other factor in his exclusion from the shortlist, may well have been his record?

Close scrutiny of Mahroof Hussain’s record, reveals a history which is woeful at best, negligent at worst! Never any real action, but there is always a photographer on hand to at least make it look as though he has done something, for his website? This man’s record in reality is anything but good! ‘Councillor Look, Duck and Vanish MBE, is an apt title for his basic approach, we have discovered.

He has been responsible for community cohesion, as a cabinet member, during the disgraceful period of complete inaction, deprecated by Keith Vaz. Maybe Mahroof should be called to give evidence before the HASC to explain his pitiful lack of appropriate action!

Vaz may also wish to explore with Mahroof, the true nature of racism and Islamaphobia?

Mahroof Hussain and Jahangir Akhtar have rather arcane and idiosyncratic interpretations of what they actually mean and have imposed their strange interpretations on those in RMBC engaged with child protection. This is the problem Vaz must get to the bottom of and which lies at the heart, of the very issue he is investigating!

Exposing the lies and half truths on Child exploitation

Exposing the lies and half truths on Child exploitation

This deeply worrying headline is doing the rounds on social media networks including Twitter, what is being suggested here?

That the Rotherham child victims lied about being sexually abused?

That the Social Workers working with the abused children lied?

The parents of the child victims lied?

That national and local journalists covering the Rotherham abuse scandal lied?

Words fail me, a total disgrace.

Ralph Tipping

See also: Exposing the truth on child exploitation in Rotherham