On the day that marks one full month into the latest exposure of the worst scandal to afflict any Labour Council ever in the UK.
This scandal will also prove to be, the most expensive ever to resolve, without a doubt.
It is time to review the response of Ed Miliband’s Labour Party, in what for him, is his own ‘backyard’ politically. After all, Ed Miliband is the Member of Parliament for Doncaster North!
Alarm Bells should be ringing for Labour in South Yorkshire, yet their response so far has been far more limited than the people want:
Roger Stone the Ex Leader, Labour Membership Suspended.
Ann Russell Councillor for Silverwood Ward, Labour Membership Suspended.
Jahangir Akhtar the ex-Councillor for West Ward, Labour Membership Suspended.
Shaukat Ali, Councillor for East Ward, Labour Membership Suspended.
Shaun Wright the SYPCC forced out resigned from Labour, who now say he will not be welcome back.
A ‘New’ Cabinet:
• Cllr Paul Lakin, Leader of the Council
• Cllr Emma Hoddinott, Deputy Leader of the Council
• Cllr John Doyle – Adult Social Care and Health
• Cllr Dominic Beck – Business Growth and Regeneration
• Cllr Mahroof Hussain – Environment
• Cllr Christine Beaumont – Children and Education Services
• Cllr Maggie Godfrey – Safe and Attractive Neighbourhoods
This group contains a majority, that cannot possibly deny they knew, according to the Alexis Jay Report, unsuitable therefore to be in the Council Leadership.
The Labour Party have taken control of the process, by which next year’s Labour Panel of candidates will be selected.
I understand the Labour Party is to interview ten members they have selected, who may or may not be allowed to continue sitting on the Council as Labour Members. Only ten! Would be my reaction, there are Cabinet members who should be on their list!
Paul Lakin was advised of the ten, before selecting his cabinet and this bunch is what he came up with, oh dear!
When the party in power, has made such a mess as to completely loose all legitimacy, elections are the only way to restore their mandate and credibility. This is what the people are demanding and Ed Miliband must give us them, if Labour are to have any electoral legitimacy!