There should, of course, be resignations, apologies and an investigation of those who have deliberately covered up this scandal for years. Rotherham is a rotten borough and Labour has attempted, in the past, to put a sticking plaster on the festering pustule of corruption which continues to seep in every corner of the establishment there.
No wonder there was so much hostility and resistance towards the arrival of the Respect Party last year when I said child grooming should become a major election issue. Instead of accusing me of being Islamaphobic, Labour councillors should have followed my lead and launched a full investigation into the failings of the local authority, police and other agencies.
Labour’s NEC should now order an independent inquiry to find out how far the cover ups and corruption have extended and why, and question closely those who seek higher office … until all the issues raised by the Home Affairs Select Committee are answered, a cloud of suspicion must hang over those councillors who’ve chosen to remain silent. They are not fit to represent the electorate in Rotherham in any capacity until the answers behind this conspiracy of silence are resolved.
Respect has now established a branch in Rotherham and will continue to campaign for transparency in this and many other far-reaching issues which are of concern to the good people of Rotherham. Our platform is for peace, equality and justice, something which has not been in evidence there for many years.
Yvonne Ridley, interim Leader of the Respect Party