Barry Dodson, the Ex-Labour Councillor, Ex-Mayor (for three weeks) and currently a non-party member, is standing for the Council as an Independent for Rotherham East Ward.
Normally in cases where they stand against official Labour candidates, their vote is likely to be derisory and simply results in embarrassment for them.
Barry Dodson though is confident of victory, why?
Might it have something to do with the shenanigans in East Ward Labour Party? Shakoor Adalat, the then Labour candidate was forced out, under mysterious circumstances, by the Labour Party and replaced by Wendy Cooksey at the last minute.
Shakoor’s ambitions thwarted, there is now some evidence of an organised boycott of at least one of Labour’s candidates, Wendy Cooksey! Additionally Barry Dodson will benefit from this, as Labour Party members and ex-labour members are transferring their support and therefore votes, to Barry!
Barry has the benefit of some years experience of the workings of the ‘corrupt shit tip’ that is Rotherham Borough Council, maybe he is using his contacts to remind them of what he knows as a way of ensuring help from labour’s ‘get out the vote’ team, usually organised by Sajid Bostan?
This election for East Ward will be one of the more interesting contests for observers and the most problematic for Labour? We shall see!