|Category 1: Directorships|
|Blackhorn Properties Limited (property development)|
|Redbrick Homes Limited (property development)|
|Director, Newbond Investments Limited (real estate; remuneration from Reliance UK Border Agency Escorting (see category 2) is received through this company)|
|Category 2: Remunerated employment, office, profession etc.|
|Business development manager, Kilnhurst Business Park, Rotherham|
|Chancellor, British Institute of Technology and E-Commerce (expenses and loss of earnings only, for attending meetings and conferences)|
|Adviser on Diversity, Reliance UKBA Escorting (provides escorting services both in-country and overseas on behalf of UK Border Agency) (until June 2013)|
|Category 4: Shareholdings (a)|
|Kilnhurst Business Park, Rotherham|
|Newbond Investments Limited (real estate)|
|Category 5: Land and property|
|Guest House in Doncaster|
|Kilnhurst Business Park, Rotherham|
|Freehold interest in, and ground rent investment from, properties in Sheffield at Cammell Road, Firth Park, Sheffield and Granby Road, Firth Park, Sheffield|
|Category 7: Overseas visits|
|Visit to Sarajevo, Bosnia, 6-8 May 2012; travel costs met by Mr Aamer Sarfraz and two nights’ accommodation provided by Pakistan Ambassador|
|Visit to Oslo, 25-26 May 2012; accommodation costs met by Islamic Cultural Centre in Oslo|
|Visit to Toronto, Canada, 1-4 June 2012; all travel and accommodation costs met by Friends of Kashmir in Toronto|
|Visit to Beirut, 2-6 August 2012; all travel and accommodation costs paid by British Institute of Technology and E-commerce|
|Visit to Ancona, Italy, 6-9 September 2012, for conference/retreat with a group called The Concordia; all travel and accommodation costs met by them|
|Visit to Johannesburg and Pretoria, South Africa, 4-8 July 2012; all travel and accommodation met by Al-Gazali School/College, Pretoria|
|Visit to Sri Lanka, 28 November – 1 December 2012; all travel and accommodation provided by Tauba Group|
|Visit to Barcelona, 3-4 February 2012, as guest of Counsellor General of Pakistan; cost of two nights’ accommodation (but not travel) met by Counsellor General of Pakistan|
|Visit to Strasbourg, 21 January 2012, to attend a COJEP International (Council for Justice, Equality and Peace) human rights award ceremony; COJEP International paid for travel to Strasbourg and one night’s accommodation (Member paid for return flight)|
|Visit to Dubai and Qatar, 4-9 January 2012; travel costs were met by Council for European Palestinian Relations (CEPR); two days’ accommodation was paid by Government of Qatar|
|Visit to Gujranwala, Pakistan, 19-26 December 2012, to attend a meeting at the invitation of Awais Ceramics Industry; travel costs met by hosts|
|Category 10: Non-financial interests (d)|
|Fazaldad Human Rights Organisation|
|Member of International Expert Team, Institute for Research of Genocide, Canada|
|Category 10: Non-financial interests (e)|
|Chairman, Better Tomorrow Institute for Education (charitable school in Mirpur, Azad Kashmir, Pakistan)|
|Joseph Interfaith Foundation|
Register of Interests of Members’ Secretaries and Research Assistants
Code of Conduct and rules relating to the Conduct of Members
Parliamentary Commissioner for Standards
Standards and Privileges Committee
See also: A job for Easter?
From the Advertiser:
A by-election, at last! In Rawmarsh Ward.
Update: There are now two contenders for the Labour nomination. Firstly and current front runner, is Darren Hughes, the ex-Tory and Borough Councillor.
Secondly there is Shaun Wright’s wife Lisa. her advantages? Is female and lives in the ward. Shaun Wright will be able to continue making council decisions through the bed pillow!!
Her mother, Lyndsay Johnston, is a councillor. Her grandmother was also a Borough Councillor before her. Dynastic politics indeed!
Lisa also works part time as a nurse at RDGH, this will make up her salary very nicely!!
Is Rotherham Labour, going to keep it in the family, after all? We shall see!
Ahmed apologises ‘unreservedly’ for his anti-Semitic comments. Great: now Labour can kick him out
Apparently, Lord Ahmed has just apologised for his remarks about the Jewish community. In an interview with Mehdi Hasan in the Huffington Post, he says he “completely and unreservedly” apologises to “the Jewish community, to the judiciary, to the newspaper owners” for blaming Jewish-owned media organisations for his imprisonment for dangerous driving in 2009.
A bit more obliquely, he claims “he has “the greatest respect” for the Jewish community and could not “believe [the video] when I saw it”. He said his comments were “completely wrong”, “unacceptable” and the product of a “twisted mind” – but took “full responsibility” for them. Seeing the comments were his, it’s hard to see who else could be responsible. As for the “twisted mind”, well, you said it, m’lord. Read on……………….
From the Star: Disgraced peer issues apology
From the Yorkshire Post: Peer says sorry for his ‘Jewish conspiracy’ claim
Previously from the Advertiser: Rotherham peer suspended over new controversy
Holding our Borough Councillors to account, doesn’t get more basic than checking the Interests Declarations of those who inhabit the Lubyanka.
Once upon a time, the completion of Interests Declarations was a leisurely activity, not any more. The Localism Act, has introduced penalties for failure to register an interest within 28 days, with a penalty of up to 5 years, for the most egregious examples.
Rotherham Politics has been aware of omissions from a number of the Declarations downloaded today, we propose to repeat this exercise in a month, to give a chance for the individuals concerned, to remedy matters.
Many Borough Councillors are parish or Town Councillors too, so have provided a link to those as well. Spot any errors or omissions please email Rothpol.
|Ahmed S||Ahmed S|
|Akhtar J||Akhtar J|
|Ali S||Ali S|
|Andrews J||Andrews J|
|Astbury L||Astbury L|
|Atkin A||Atkin A|
|Barron I||Barron I|
|Beaumont C||Beaumont C|
|Beck D||Beck D|
|Buckley A||Buckley A|
|Burton J||Burton J|
|Clark M||Clark M|
|Currie S||Currie S|
|Dalton J||Dalton J|
|Dodson B||Dodson B|
|Doyle J||Doyle J|
|Ellis S||Ellis S|
|Falvey J||Falvey C|
|Foden J||Foden J|
|Godfrey M||Godfrey M|
|Gosling A||Gosling A|
|Goulty K||Goulty K|
|Hamilton J||Hamilton J|
|Hamilton N||Hamilton N|
|Havenhand J||Havenhand J|
|Hoddinott E||Hoddinott E|
|Hussain M||Hussain M|
|Johnston L||Johnston L|
|Kaye B||Kaye B|
|Lakin P||Lakin P|
|Lelliott D||Lelliott D|
|License N||License N|
|McNeely R||McNeely R|
|Pickering D||Pickering D|
|Pitchley L||Pitchley L|
|Read C||Read C|
|Robinson C||Robinson C|
|Roche D||Roche D|
|Roddison A||Roddison A|
|Rushforth A||Rushforth A|
|Russell A||Russell A|
|Russell P||Russell P|
|Russell R||Russell R|
|Sangster A||Sangster A|
|Sharman T||Sharman T|
|Sims K||Sims K|
|Smith G||Smith G|
|Steele B||Steele B|
|Stone R||Stone R|
|Swift J||Swift J|
|Tweed S||Tweed S|
|Wallis E||Wallis E|
|Watson G||Watson G|
|Whelbourn G||Whelbourn G|
|Whysall J||Whysall J|
|Wooton P||Wootton P|
|Wright S||Wright S|
|Wyatt K||Wyatt K|
|Donaldson L||Lynda Donaldson|
|Gilding J||John Gilding|
|Mannion T||Tony Mannion|
|Middleton C||Middleton C|
|Jepson C||Clive Jepson|
Parish Council Interests Declarations, for those who wish to hold parish councillors to account.
When the ‘Spring Conference Season’ has come and gone and the Members of Parliament back in their constituencies for Easter, some preparing their local election strategies, it is time for Rothpol to shake himself out of his torpor and get back to holding all of our local politicians to account.
Firstly some catching up to do, followed by the fruits of our own investigation into the fundamentally undemocratic nature of the Labour Party in parts of our Borough, plus reader supplied, news and comment on the issues of the day.
Some you might have missed:
First piece of political gossip concerning the 2014 local government elections May 2014 Labour Party nominations. Gerald Smith, we have been told, will be seeking re-election for another four year term. Wonder if Dick Russell’s ward will be letting him stand again?
Plus, why is this post, The Uncomfortable Truth About Jahangir Akhtar! at a total now of 18
4070 page views, still number one today?
Rothpol has just found a link to the #daftarrest judgement, which some readers may be interested in;
The parliamentary manoeuvres this week, in the middle of the night, in Ed Milliband’s Commons Office, and the potential implications of the #daftarrest judgement, together, will require some serious consideration by bloggers such as ourselves.
Rothpol is determined to keep Rotherham Politics running! We won’t be going anywhere soon, much to the chagrin of those whom we occasionally feature in these columns, no doubt.
Blogs featuring issues such as those we cover, are now an essential part of political discourse and scrutiny of those who pretend to act in our interests, long may they continue. Oh and all parish and Town councils, should have one too! We need more blogs, not less!