52 thoughts on “A Labour leaflet, now there’s a rare thing!

  1. Tut tut, and to think I thought she said that CSE should not be used by UKIP for political gain. The voters will see straight through this one.

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    • What a short memory Sarah has …..”people in Rotherham who are saying this is absolutely disgusting , we don’t want you coming and trying to get elected off the back of the abuse that’s been going on in our town , I do find that funny” .. Sarah Champion is a hypocrite of the highest order and ought to be ashamed of herself… Source of quote http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-31166914 Just play the clip….. I hope the people of Rotherham do know what’s right and what’s wrong.

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  2. Either this is a joke or Sarah is rapidly going off the rails and getting more and more desperate to be re elected.

    “I campaigned to save our Surestart children’s centres”. So how did that go then Sara, successful were?

    “I’ve saved our NHS from £20m cuts” How? I may have missed this but I don’t remember the Chancellor saying he was cutting NHS budgets so how could she have saved £20m?

    “We need more positive politics and hope for the future, not a return to a Thatcherite Britain with another Tory Government propped up by UKIP”.

    Oh right, suggest more positive politics then proceed to slag off the Tory party and UKIP. More hope for the future? So why drone on about someone, i.e. Thatcher, who was last in power 25 years ago? Labour Hypocrisy at its usual double standards of ‘do as I say and not as I do’ attitude.

    “Since my election I have changed the law on grooming”. No you didn’t, you made a contribution to having the law changed by a Tory/Lib Den Government (in fact wasn’t it just one word that was changed)?. Sad she couldn’t even give the proper credit where it was due.

    “A Labour Government will introduce an Australian style points system” (for immigration). Isn’t that what UKIP proposed?

    “I employed a child abuse worker”. No you didn’t, the tax payer employs her (see Champions staffing expenses, her staff are paid for by the Taxpayer)

    “UKIP Have supported ending new mums maternity pay for all and you MAY have your maternity pay cut ” No they haven’t, anyone listening to Steven Woolfe should be very clear that is not what UKIP want to do. Sarah is blatantly lying.

    This leaflet is a cynical way of telling the electorate she has ticked all the boxes that will guarantee that the Labour sheep vote for her.

    Mention the evil Thatcher. Tick
    Saying that the nasty Tories will join forces with the equally nasty UKIP. Tick
    Promise to protect the NHS and stop it being privatised by the nasty Tories. Tick
    Scare people by saying UKIP will charge for the NHS. Tick

    Yep, Sarah’s ticked all the boxes with this one with her lies, scaremongering and false promises.

    The Badger.

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    • Badger, Sarah Champion was a vocal supporter of our community campaign to “Save our Sure Start Centres”. At the end of the public consultation the Council decided to keep open 3 more centres than its stated intention at the beginning of the consultation. Perhaps that was due to Roger Stone’s benevolence. I tend to think it was more likely due to our campaign, the 6,000 signature petition and the support of Sarah Champion. Perhaps it was due to UKIP’s involvement. Oh hang on a minute, they were silent on the issue. UKIP are also claiming credit for the successful campaign to keep Abbey School open. Another campaign that was run by the unions and the local community with no discernable support from UKIP.

      Isn’t it true that Farage has stated that women are “worth less” to their employers after coming back from maternity leave and that EU proposals for better and longer maternity leave constitute “excessive regulation” and are a “ruinous exercise.”

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      • “Badger, Sarah Champion was a vocal supporter of our community campaign to “Save our Sure Start Centres”. At the end of the public consultation the Council decided to keep open 3 more centres than its stated intention at the beginning of the consultation”

        Glad to hear its not all lies and scaremongering then. So how many Surestart centres did her Labour colleagues agree to close then?

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      • TB
        You write: “No you didn’t, you made a contribution to having the law changed by a Tory/Lib Den Government (in fact wasn’t it just one word that was changed)?. Sad she couldn’t even give the proper credit where it was due.”

        I think this is what you are mis-interpreting:
        http://www.sarahchampionmp.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/05/Removing-the-term-child-prostitute.pdf
        or maybe it this:
        “On the BBC show last week, she was jubilant after getting one word changed in the grooming law, so that now police can intervene after they have proof someone has groomed a child once (and not twice, as before). This small victory was nine months in the making, she says.”
        http://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2015/feb/09/sarah-champion-mp-rotherham-job-living-hell

        “I employed a child abuse worker”. No you didn’t, the tax payer employs her (see Champions staffing expenses, her staff are paid for by the Taxpayer)”
        Jayne Senior’s employment contract is with Sarah Champion. That the funding that Sarah secured for this comes from the national purse is a totally separate matter.

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      • Robyn Symonds the party who started to privatise the health service was labour and it is being carried on by the tories and the things you pick up on Nigel Farage saying are from some time ago if we want to start going back and pick up on what parties or their leaders said thats ok. But remember who allowed the exploitation to go on for years and are still allowing it to go on, why did it take so long for the labour mp’s to answer to the Jay report and why were two previous reports buried are the theft of the 21laptops still being investigated as the untimely death of pc Ali due to an accident lets get the victims the help they need not be used for electioneering

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    • Yep … mention Thatcher who all the Labour supporters hate …. a woman who was prime minister in the 80s ffs ….. is this the best they can do ..and more or less telling people a vote for UKIP is a tory (Thatcher) vote… And who did Sarah put first when she tried claiming £17 for a wreath ? …..Leaflet promoted by Reg Littleboy … wonder what he knew about cse .. was he on the police and crime panel ?.

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      • Littleboy was on the Police Authority at the same time as Caven Vines when they voted against a dedicated Child Protection member. They should be equally criticised for that decision IMO.

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    • …and then SYSNP /UKIPactivist etc etc etc added this comment to his blog entry:
      “As usual Ms Champion and the Labour party are talking poppycock.
      poppycock
      noun
      informal
      nonsense.
      “he said I was talking poppycock”
      nonsense, rubbish, garbage, claptrap, balderdash, blather, blether,moonshine;As usual Labour are totally distorting what UKIP is saying, in fact I would go so far as to say they are blatant lies. Recently Jane Collins and Caven Vines were sued by Ms Champion, Kevin Barron and John Healey regarding comments about the CSE scandal in Rotherham. I suggest UKIP counter sue the Labour party in Roitherham for blatant lies about UKIP.:”

      Rothpol
      I see you are still linking to https://rothervalleystrictlynotpolitics.wordpress.com/
      – well that’s dead now and https://southyorkshirestrictlynotpolitics.wordpress.com
      is where the all the insight is.

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  3. UKIP seems to be getting under the Labour party’ skin. All the polls show the Tories have more support than UKIP so why is Miliband panicking?
    No mention of the EU. No mention of reducing/scrapping subsidies to wealthy companies and landowners for erecting metal monstrosities (aka windmills) that blight our countryside and coasts.
    Nothing about raising educational standards and no mention of how Labour will pay for extra nurses and doctors.
    The Labour party must be very proud to have a Rotherham MP who (she says) single handedly ‘saved’ the NHS.

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    • Colin, I expect that in Scotland Scottish Labour will be campaigning against the SNP. In Bradford East Labour will be campaigning against Respect. In Rotherham they are campaigning against Ukip.
      In the South of UK where Ukip is trying to overturn a Tory majority their message is very different to the one they use up here.
      National elections are fought locally.

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    • @Robin.
      No I did not miss it . It is a soundbite. What Miliband actually says is he will increase taxes on tobacco companies and hedge funds as part of the funding to pay for extra nurses and doctors.
      How will Miliband square this circle?:
      ‘Labour’s attempts to make the health service its key election weapon have suffered new blows with an attack from Tony Blair’s former health adviser and polls showing public dissatisfaction with the NHS at an all-time low.
      Prof Paul Corrigan, a party heavyweight, said it would take two years for promised funding for the NHS to be raised through a “mansion tax” leaving an incoming Labour government with an immediate problem on its hands’.
      http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/nhs/11375450/Labour-suffers-further-blows-on-NHS.html .

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  4. Why if she wants to help local people and local businesses is she using a printer in Northumberland to produce her campaign materials?
    If she had used a Yorkshire printer she would have been putting her money where her mouth is and really doing something to bring positive change to Rotherham.
    Actions speak louder than words.

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  5. Why if she wants to help local people and local businesses is she using a printer in Northumberland to produce her campaign materials?
    If she had used a Yorkshire printer she would have been putting her money where her mouth is and really doing something to bring positive change to Rotherham.
    Actions speak louder than words.
    It’s hardly putting Rotherham first.

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  6. Robin once again please provide the proof that I voted against
    And Robin regarding Abby School I suggest you ask the union people directly involved and the Parents involved in the Abby school campaign how much involvement UKIP Councillors had in supporting this ask them to show you the report UKIP commissioned which was part used as evidence by the independent inspector in deciding to keep the school open.
    I didn’t see Sarah or any of the Labour Councillors supporting the campaign

    All I see are Labour Councillors still on the council who could not say they didn’t know according to The Jay report but chose to keep quiet and still are ?
    The only Councillor who attended and as reported in the Jay report chose to say something is now a UKIP Councillor
    And wasn’t Union’s represented on the children’s Scrutiny panels at that time

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  7. I see it a series of outrageous claims, mixture of scaremongering about a bogeyman, bogey woman from the past, and no condemnation of the Pakistani community abusers, since that will lose votes . A politician of conviction our Sarah.

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  8. Reg Littleboy, agent? No wonder Sarah Champion’s leaflet contains all the cliches of the past? Sarah Champion unfortunately, looks like a loser, playing catch-up. Her main leaflet will need to be better than this rehash of the last 30 years of Labour leaflets in Rotherham?
    A word of advice, negativity never looks good, make your own case for re-election!

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  9. Hey hang on a minute i am a member of staff at Abbey School and i can tell you now I will never vote Labour again. I also live in the Keppel ward which is the ward for Abbey School I petitioned all 3 councillors the only councillor who immediately replied was Dave Cutts the UKIP councillor he was beyond helpful and we spoke several times on the phone he got Caven Vines and his wife Maureen on board who went above and beyond and attended all the parents meetings. Maureen even asked for a judicial review on our behalf against the closure. Maggi Clarke and Barry Kaye ( Labour ) were less than useless they initially towed the party line that the school was inadequate and only got involved when several parents and staff who lived in their wards threatened to canvas against them in the May elections. So Robin Symonds get your facts straight i know where mine and a lot of other save abbey school votes will be going in May

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    • I’m sure the person who did more than anyone to organise the Abbey campaign will be sad to hear that staff are thinking of voting UKIP (if that is what you are saying).

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  10. Sarah Champion saved the Sure Start Centres, What!!. The Labour led RMBC Council were proposing to cut (if my memory serves me right) 12 out of the 23 centres. The Council came under pressure from Mr Symonds Union and they were under severe pressure from the various people who stood up against them at the various Public Meetings. Dinnington Centre was only kept open after severe pressure from local people, and was a political decision because the then Cllr Falvy was up for Election. ( she lost anyway)
    Then Rodger the Dodger went on to spin that they had “saved” three centres from closure, they still cut all the others.
    They did not save any centres, THEY CUT THEM.
    So Ms Champion, I now want you to explain how YOU saved the centres.
    Spin Spin Spin

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  11. When are the scores of Labour MPs who were in place the entire time thousands of children were being raped in their constituencies going to start campaigning against the grooming gangs?

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  12. I will tell you the person who did more than anyone else to save Abbey School. He was a ex teacher from Abbey who lost his job in the winterhill run restructure he was magnificent. The GMB union non teaching staff and the fantastic parents also banded together . Unison to my knowledge were not involved.
    Unfortunatly we needed political clout that Mr Symonds is where LABOUR let us down they only supported us in the end cos they were running scared of the Casey report and we got pardoned on the last cabinet meeting that the ‘unfit for purpose’ lot sat on because we are still convinced that they wanted to be seen to the incoming commisioners as having listened when in fact all previous corrospondence from them proved otherwise sooner May comes the better Vote the lot of them out and with them Saint Sarah !!!!!

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      • Just a thought ..but Abbey Watcher appears to have made their mind up about who to vote for Robin .. Why would you try to persuade him/her to change ? Why would they be better off voting for TUSC ? …. What qualifies you to tell people how to vote ? … unless you think you are above them …..It hurts doesn’t it seeing your party losing votes to the people you hate the most .

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  13. 1st Timer, I didn’t tell anyone how to vote; I merely suggested they would be better off voting for TUSC than UKIP. There are 2 reasons for this: The TUSC candidate lead the Save Abbey School campaign and did a great job (long before UKIP jumped on the bandwagon) and Abbey Watcher acknowledges that fact and obviously respects him. Compared with UKIP’s candidate well there is no comparison. Secondly TUSC aren’t a racist party.

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      • Because I happen to believe that UKIP is a racist party. I believe a lot of people share that view and I am entitled to hold that view

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    • A political party that becomes obsessed with proving how non-racist they are in one direction can end up becoming racist in the opposite direction.

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  14. @ sweetcorn.
    “A vote for TUSC is a vote for Labour though.” Is it??
    Voting TUSC will split the Labour vote and as I understand it TUSC and the Labour party are poles apart politically.
    If 10% of Labour voters in Rotherham vote TUSC then Sarah could be toast.
    Miliband will be very cross about that. He might actually say something.

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  15. Unfortunatly even tho i greatly admire the TUSC candidate i am not a socialist and in part i agree with sweetcorn while ever TUSC goes under the banner of being affiliated to the TUC lots of people will see it as being Labour part 2 and altho i would like to vote for their candidate i cannot bring myself to vote for Labour in disguise the unions give millions every year to prop up the Labour party and as i have said before i will never vote for Labour again not even by the back door

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    • Ah well, you’re entitled to your point of view and I would never try to convert anyone to socialism. I do however respectfully suggest that you look at the organisations that really contributed to the Abbey success IMO. The NUT, GMB and UNISON (yes, if you read Peter Bell’s report, which I’m sure you have, you will see that UNISON met with him and put across our reasons why Abbey should stay open) and of course the parents and children were instrumental in keeping the school open. The NUT and GMB played an infinitely bigger role than UKIP. Both those unions are affiliated to the TUC. The TUC is not the Labour party so I’m not altogether sure why you have a problem with the TUC. TUSC is not a trade union (it is a political party) and therefore is not affiliated to the TUC. I’m sure Pat M will be horrified that school support staff at a school he campaigned to save are intending to vote UKIP. UKIP represents everything that decent people like Pat M stand against.

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  16. I’m going off topic-if Rik will indulge me?
    “Because I happen to believe that UKIP is a racist party.” Everyone is entitled to a political viewpoint however the biggest racist in recent times is Tony Blair. How so?
    He invaded Iraq because we needed to secure oil supplies-and he promised George W he’d help him.
    Consider Zimbabwe under Mugabe who turned his country from breadbasket to basket case. He mistreated white citizens,stole their land and impoverished them, starved and murdered his own people and in the meantime swapped bauxite,nickel,copper and diamonds for arms and aid with the Chinese. Why didn’t Blair help the indigenous white citizens? Because Mugabe is one of the ‘Brothers’ and Blair thought he might be seen as an imperialist.
    In Blairworld it’s OK to invade an Arab country to topple a dictator,save the inhabitants and secure vital raw materials but not OK to invade an African country for the same reasons.
    The Labour party also now faces criticism because of it’s anti-Israeli stance;
    http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/labour-funding-crisis-jewish-donors-drop-toxic-ed-miliband-9849299.html
    The British people will not take lessons in racism from the Labour party.

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  17. Ukip are not a racist party there is a difference between being racist and being concerned about the demise of our country through open door policies ( Labour’s open door policy ) Everyone is Welcome.
    Can’t get a house Can’t get a job Can’t get a doctor’s/hospital appointment a place in your preferred school for your child it goes on and on don’t tell me none of this is isn’t linked to immigration and enough is enough none of the three main parties listen what’s wrong with giving someone else a try
    And if TUSC are not linked to the Trade unions why do they use them in their title ?

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    • For a non-racist party UKIP certainly attracts a lot of people who are racist. It is puzzling that Farage hasn’t sued Dr Alan Sked for defamation if the latter’s quote that he attributes to Farage is untrue. If it is true then Farage is a racist. Dave Froggatt, I said TUSC is not affiliated to the TUC, which it is not. I don’t know of any trades union that provides funding to TUSC. Obviously a good proportion of its members and candidates are trade union members so you may class that as a link I suppose.

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      • “I don’t know of any trades union that provides funding to TUSC. Obviously a good proportion of its members and candidates are trade union members so you may class that as a link I suppose”

        Is that an indicator that more and more trade union members no longer feel represented by Labour? If so, shouldn’t the unions be listening to their members when they say that? Historically, Labour WAS the party of the unions, but as they’ve shifted more to the centre/ right of politics they’ve moved away from the unions and their members. The TUSC is still a tiny party, but there again so was UKIP not all that long ago. Food for thought I’d say.

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  18. Yeah wouldn’t it be good if when union subscriptions are taken out of our wages we could actually choose which political party we wanted to contribute to instead of having that decision made for us I am a member of the GMB union and really begrudge them propping up the Labour party with the help of my hard earned cash ( wonder how many more contributors think like this ? ) I would sooner them donate it to charity

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    • Just donate your money to charity anyway instead of giving to the unions. I refuse to pay union subscriptions for the reason you’ve given, what I’ve also noticed is the full time officials seem to have a cosy little number through it.

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      • Great idea sweetcorn but a charity won’t be much use when you need someone to pay the £1200 fee when you need to take your employer to an employment tribunal or you injure yourself at work.

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  19. I never said that TUSC was affiliated to the TUC what i am saying that to the ordinary person in the street Trade Union Socialist Coalition suggests they have links with Trade unions i think they would have been better naming themselves by another title because to most people Trade Unions immediately triggers a connection to the LABOUR PARTY for obvious reasons

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  20. Trade unions are required by law to ballot their members every 10 years to determine whether they want to retain the political fund. I don’t know about other unions but UNISON’s political fund is split into 2 parts: the General Political Fund (that allows the union to campaign on issues like the Living Wage) and the Affiliated Political Fund (that goes to the Labour party). Members can opt to pay into one, both or neither political fund so in effect no member need contribute a penny to the Labour party if they don’t want to. Opting out is simple.

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