Town Halls want new powers in wake of Rotherham child sexual exploitation scandal
Town halls have called for new powers to help them intervene to prevent children being groomed for sex – in the wake of the Rotherham child sexual exploitation scandal.
The Local Government Association, which represents 370 local authorities, said court-backed orders were necessary because officials are ‘powerless’ to act if they suspect grooming but do no have enough evidence to prosecute.
Rotherham MP concerned over NHS funding
A Rotherham MP claims too many people are suffering because of a lack of NHS funding after a report found that one fifth of residents in the town believe their quality of life is compromised by long-term illness.
The report was commissioned by the Richmond Group of Charities.
Labour MP Sarah Champion said: “It’s shocking that almost a quarter of people in Rotherham say their quality of life is compromised by a long-term illness.
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News: LEP’s advisory role over EU funding “goes against spirit of devolution”
The Sheffield City Region Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP), will only have an “advisory role” over how £180m of European funding is spent to create jobs and boost the economy in the city region. The final decisions will be made in Whitehall.
Ashfield parliamentary candidate arrested on suspicion of child sex abuse
Jason Zadrozny is under a police investigation for historic allegations, including “buggery and gross indecency with a male under 16”.
He currently serves on Ashfield District Council and Nottinghamshire County Council, and was planning to stand for the Ashfield constituency as the Liberal Democrats candidate in the upcoming General Election.
But he has now withdrawn his candidacy to fight the allegations, which he “vehemently refutes”.
Lib Dems suspend Ashfield candidate Jason Zadrozny after sex arrest
Jason Zadrozny was standing in the Ashfield and Eastwood constituency in Nottinghamshire.
Police said the allegations related to one child.
Mr Zadrozny, whose election campaign office was raided by police on Wednesday, said: “I vehemently refute the allegations.”
Nottinghamshire Police said a 34-year-old man was arrested and questioned about an allegation of gross indecency with a male under 16 in 2003/4.
First with the news of another LibDem sleaze scandal:
Yello’, Yello’, Yello’: Cops Called Over LibDem Sleaze