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!