The reality is that Sarah Champion walked unknowingly into a cesspit.
Look at the dates of her selection process and at that time, only a very small number of people realised the extent of the problem….she knew nothing of the problem when first she arrived.
I note that now we have a lot of contributors with brilliant 20:20 hindsight and of course the usual kippers with an election to win. Only a small number, Rik among them, suspected the extent of Rotherham’s CSE issues.
Sarah Champion has no choice other than to have an election agent, it is part of the rules of her party and required by law.
The sad reality is that very few people within the local LP inspire respect, and Littletodger was always too thick and too flattered by small status to be other than a rather atypical Rotherham LP aparatchick.
But don’t blame Sarah….she is stuck with a corrupt Labour group and an insistence by the national party that she works with them.
An example of the problem Sarah is up against can be discerned from a glance at the leaflets of Labour local government candidates standing in the Wards, that make up the Rotherham Constituency. Not one mentions the CSE issue, the Alexis Jay Report, the Casey Report or the fact that Labour had run our Council into the ground and the Commissioners now run Rotherham!
‘The Rotherham Labour Party’ is still fundementally in denial of everything revealed! To run their campaigns without even aknowledging, the disaster Labour brought to our Town, is as outrageous, as it is self defeating.
Sarah’s campaign stands at variance then, to all those apparently standing for the same party at borough council level and seem distinctly unwilling to assist Sarah in her campaingning activity.
The simple answer is that the labour party is far from united, in the Rotherham Constituency and some report a growing realisation, on the part of the Biraderi, that a defeat of Sarah, would facillitate the selection of a Biraderist for 2020! Quite some problem, if the reports turn out to be true?
From a comment by Wuff with extra material added, Rik.