Was it to stop the vote of no confidence in Mahroof and the two other Councillors? Only partly….he’d already got LP Central to ban any questions to the Councillors and any possible vote.
The answer is in the paper that had been circulated, something that rumour has they now using friends in low places to get discredited and obliterated from history.
It makes points he doesn’t like putting together;
* A quote From Jay makes it clear that by 2005 it’s unlikely that senior officers and Councillors could say they didn’t know the contents of the Risky Business report on CSE.
* That he was the Cabinet Member for Community Cohesion from May, 2005 to May, 2007
Think about that Risky Business report. A dreadful Report on CSE that clearly fingered the local Pakistani men as by far the biggest group of perpetrators.
Imagine the potential consequences for race relations In Rotherham of that report. The consequences for cohesion. Yet despite being a Cabinet Member with direct responsibility he knew nothing of it.
My guess Mahroof must be wetting himself that the Labour Party inquiry doesn’t put those two together. Or that there isn’t the odd committee paper around suggesting that he should have known.
Hence the OTT response and unleashing of the dogs of war on the meeting and on that poor guy. This threatens his whole career future.