It’s crystal clear if the Labour Party are to regain a grain of the support they have enjoyed in Rotherham over the last 40 years then they must clear the stables, starting with John Healey.
He has many questions to answer over the child grooming cover ups-
1- Were the child grooming issue discussed at his weekly meetings with his chum and confidant Roger Stone ?
2- How much did Shaun Wright tell him ? It is common knowledge that Healey not only a political ally of the Wrights but also became a close family friend.
3- the probability of Susan Ellis must have discussed the rapes with him at their regular meetings and at the monthly social dinner parties he used to host for the likes of Ellis, Atkin and Thirlwall has to be of great measurement.
4- Healey seems to be the common thread running throughout the period covered by the Jay report. He undoubtedly had intimate knowledge of what was going on in the upper echelons of the Council Leadership with his relationships with Stone, Wright, Ellis, Atkin and Lakin.
Healey seems to think that by sacrificing a number of Councillors he is going to get away Scott free but one thinks the genie is out of the bottle and even his chums at the NEC will not be able to save him from the chop. He should do the honourable thing by stepping aside while a full investigation is undertaken by the Labour Party. If he doesn’t then the people of Wentworth and Dearne constituency will judge him and kick him out of office next May. I know who I’ll be voting!