Akhtar has no pride. At the last Rotherham Constituency LP he stood for and was elected Deputy Chairman (Campaigning) with responsibility for coordinating next years election push.
Ok, you may think until you realise that he was the only candidate.
Even then he only got eight votes, while eight others voted to defer a vote until efforts were made to find a female candidate to ensure gender balance within the CLP Executive. A Party rule.
It was also pointed out that the CLP Secretary (Dazza the former Tory) and Chairman (Mahroof) had failed to inform the Wards of the forthcoming election, thereby breaking Party rules, which insist that all Wards be notified and then given time and opportunity to nominate Candidates.
So there we are, his mates seriously bend the rules to ensure he’s in a one horse race, and still he can’t get a majority. Instead he is dependent on the casting vote of Mahroof, as Chairman who ironically hates him more than anyone, but is tied by biraderi clan loyalties.
Here again the ethics of meetings and selection are broken. The protocol for Chairman rulings is that in the case of a draw, the Chair should rule in the favour of status quo, in this case no appointment and deferral to provide opportunity for the ‘gender balance’ rule to be met.
If nothing else Akhtar is lucky. Those who were committed to voting against him say that another five votes against would have been cast if the meeting hadn’t at the last minute been changed from the normal Thursday to the following Friday.
So the local LP have a Campaign Manager who can’t get a majority in his own party, for a post that nobody else wanted. Pride, what pride? Akhtar aren’t you getting the message?
But it gets worse for Labour.
Akhtar is now the blessed Sarah’s Election Agent. Oh dear.
I’ve always thought she will be reelected in 2015, but now I fear the odds will be seriously reduced. What she gains from the now rapidly splintering Kashmiri voters will be more than lost from the many who do not want an MP associated with a convicted violent offender and tainted by allegations about his role in a Child Sex Perpetrator going free.
Already a rudimentary assessment suggests that approximately 30% of the ever diminishing LP membership will not campaign for her, because of the way they were ridden roughshod over in the selection process that chose her.
Akhtar as agent can lose her another 40%, who will now be relaxing in May 2015, rather than delivering leaflets. Or maybe going over to Sheffield to fight Nick Clegg.
The other element is that recent efforts by Mahroof to build his own image by getting Sarah to meet with his chums to discuss Gaza appear to have backfired. Many Muslims hadn’t realised that Sarah has Jewish forbears (albeit we don’t know whether she is practising). Now they do. To coin that other master of farce Frankie Howard……Ooh errr Missis