Bad Habits?

…..or worse!

Membership of the Labour Party generally, has been contracting for years!

The slide in Labour membership in Rotherham, has been spectacular. This has been assisted by the fact that the politically powerful, do not welcome the possibility of challenge and ‘cold shoulder’, anyone who might offer it.

There are so few members that Labours election machine is no more. The same tired faces appear on the photographs taken campaigning, to illustrate their lack of an election fighting machine.

Labour has adapted to this, by picking up some decidedly ‘bad habits’ of dubious legality, at best and illegal at worst!

Some Ward Labour Party’s have taken to paying for distribution companies, to deliver leaflets, albeit at a cost to them. This is perfectly legal, outside formal election periods, but is not, when it comes to delivering election materials, during the formal election period!

Some candidates have been able to enlist the help of many Taxi Drivers, to distribute their materials. Again this is acceptable outside election periods, but not during, as above.

Badged taxis have also been observed, ferrying campaigners and on election day itself, transporting labour voters to the polls! Both illegal!

It should be pointed out here, during election periods it is not acceptable, or legal, to use a badged Taxi for any electoral purpose, without first removing all evidence of it’s use as a Taxi. There would also be a problem with insurance for vehicles used in this way that would also need addressing.

These are just two ‘bad habits’, that Labour has developed in Rotherham.

Do readers have more?

6 thoughts on “Bad Habits?

    • I gather that this is a pretty common practise, out in the sticks! More information please.

      I would also like to thank those who have contacted me privately, about their experiences of electoral malpractice in recent elections. That information will form the basis for the next post in this series, coming soon!



  1. These aren’t bad habits, these are Labour sticking 2 fingers up at the law as they have been allowed to do in the past. Every incident should be reported to the police and let’s get this lousy, corrupt set of scum out.


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  3. The use of Taxi`s both Hackney and Private Hire are subject to tight rules, a pity RMBC licensing committee and staff, will have their eyes closed, mouths shut and their hands covering their ears on polling day.
    Given the suspicion of the abuse of both badges they should be out there enforcing the regulations, unless they have been leaned on to stay in the office dunking biscuits!
    On the other hand they could ignore the big players, get out there, and gather the evidence and if it sticks take the badge off the driver and take the operating license off the owner of the company, simples!
    And to rub salt into the wound inform their motor vehicle insurance company.


  4. As a Goods Vehicle Operator RMBC has to comply with the conditions of their O license, ultimately Kimber has his neck on the block.
    Any suggestions that any area of the companies transport operation falls outside of any road traffic/licensing standards their O license could be placed at risk.
    RMBC uses taxis to deliver services.
    Taxis being used outside of the Taxi regulations would fall into an area of concern,
    Note to Kimber, put a date in the diary for an appointment at Hillcrest House, before you go ask what your licensing team have been doing to police the taxi trade in Rotherham especially on polling day.
    Better still just deal with the out of control Cllrs.


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