Labour’s rules, now stipulate, all potential candidates, including sitting Labour Party Councillors, must go through the entire selection process, including examination and interview, before they are admitted to the panel, from which Ward Labour Parties may choose to be their Candidate, in next May’s local elections.
This process is an integral part of Labour’s ‘due diligence’, something Rotherham DLP has been spectacularly bad at in the past.
The most important questions of all, concerns the ability of the applicant to bring the Labour Party into disrepute, if they were to be a candidate for Labour if selected?
There is one potential candidate, that has already brought such embarrassment and brought the Labour Party into disrepute. Even most members, are left scratching their heads, at the fact that he is still a member!
I write of our esteemed, not! The Ex-Councillor, Ex-Deputy Leader & Ex-Leader Designate – Mr Jahangir Akhtar.
Jahangir Akhtar, who’s antics and catalogue of wrongdoing, to be found documented on Rotherham Politics and still far from complete, would indeed be a long one.
He was single handedly responsible for the catastrophic loss of support at this May’s local elections with UKIP winning the popular vote, pushing Labour into second place across the Borough!
With Akhtars role in the ‘Jessica’ hand over exposed by Andrew Norfolk of the Times, being the subject of both the Alexis Jay enquiry and litigation, where his role will be explored in depth, together with any resultant Police investigations.
It will be quite some time therefore, before this ‘toxic politician’, could possibly be a representative for Labour!
If Labour are determined to put Jahangir Akhtar on the approved panel, I believe he will lose any seat he was selected for and a good few others in the Borough too, including the seats of Roger Stone, Paul Lakin and Dominic Beck just for starters.