Exclusive Brethren A story of intrigue and less than honest dealing

Some stories we have already published about this cult wanting to expand in our Borough. They enlisted the help of the then Councillor Darren Hughes, to manipulate the situation to their advantage.Darren Hughes then promptly lost his seat due in part to his outrageous duplicitous behaviour!

Private Eye – The Daz Edition – In Full!

Private Eye’s Rotten Boroughs column features our old friend Darren Jason Louis Hughes, no less. Private Eye edition 1339 should be on sale now, do yourself a favour get yourself a copy still only £1:50, there is much more than … Continue reading

Darren Hughes & the Exclusive Brethren – ‘Useful Idiot’ or something more?

Darren Hughes, RMBC Councillor for Anston & Woodsetts Ward who actually lives in Catcliffe, has been reported to have worked tirelessly behind the scenes to facilitate this locally unwelcome application for development, in part of Rotherham’s precious green belt at … Continue reading

Brethren School – Why did local citizens object?

Rotherham Politics brings you this objection letter from local resident, Hilary Estrada-Haigh: OBJECTION – TO – PROPOSED SCHOOL & CARETAKER’S HOUSE   –  COMMON LANE, ANSTON.                              For the Exclusive Brethren. REASONS: THIS SITE IS IN THE GREEN BELT THIS SITE DOES … Continue reading

Anston’s Green Belt – still under threat, time to get organised!

When Rotherham Politics learned of the withdrawal of the planning application to build a Gospel Hall and School for the Exclusive Brethren’s exclusive use, we realised that this withdrawal was strategic rather than permanent. So it has proved to be. … Continue reading

1 thought on “Exclusive Brethren A story of intrigue and less than honest dealing

  1. … and it was not just Darren the D
    As the Times wrote yesterday
    More than 200 MPs, many of whom had been persuaded that the Brethren were an innocuous Christian church, wrote to the regulator on its behalf and several tabled supportive motions, organised debates and hosted parliamentary events. Peter Bone, the MP for Wellingborough who is one of the Brethren’s strongest supporters, assured the sect: “Your wish is my command.”
    Five MPs wrote to Alison McKenna, the principal judge of the charity tribunal, to influence her decision in the Brethren’s favour. A spokesman for Ms McKenna said that she had “made it clear that it was not appropriate to write to a judge during the hearing”.
    Several MPs who supported the Brethren also received significant help from Brethren volunteers in the run-up to the 2010 election and in by-elections. Mr Bone, Robert Halfon, and Michael Ellis, who all made speeches, tabled questions or hosted debates on the Brethren’s behalf, received such help.

    … and today the Times adds:
    Fiona Bruce, Conservative
    Fiona Bruce, 67, is MP for Congleton having assumed office in 2010 with a 13.9 percent majority.
    Ms Bruce, who is an evangelical Christian, has denied accusations that she had won the seat as a result of an orchestrated campaign by religious groups sympathetic to her evangelical Christian beliefs.
    As a pro-life campaigner Ms Bruce chairs the All-Party Parliamentary pro-life Group, which is funded by the Right to Life Charitable Trust and Christian Action Research and Education (CARE). CARE receive more than £2,000,000 in donations a year that they spend on pushing a fundamentalist Christian agenda, which includes disseminating incorrect information at bogus “abortion clinics”.
    Before entering politics, Ms Bruce, who was born in Wick in the Scottish Highlands, trained as a solicitor.
    Ms Bruce received leafleting and research help from the Brethren and was able to organise a very well-attended Westminster Hall debate in support of their cause during the struggle with the Charity Commission.

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