There is now no doubt, labour’s more robust approach to candidate selection this year, has ruffled more than a few feathers.
This is most clearly visible in the Valley Ward election contest this year.
There are three labour, three Ukip candidates in addition to a Tory, Omar Mehban, there are two Independent candidates, Simon Currie and Dave Pickering.
Simon famously, flounced out of the labour party, in high dudgeon protesting at labour’s treatment of his, ‘not fit for purpose’ friend, Paul Lakin!
Dave Pickering was one of labour’s discards this year. He arrogantly believes he is entitled to a Council seat and the money that comes with it? He also thinks he is above the party!
Local labour members have outrageously boycotted the campaigns of Jayne Senior, Haroon Rashid and Kerry Albiston!
The support Simon Currie and Dave Pickering are picking up from local, disaffected, labour members and one or two strange bedfellows too.
Paul Lakin’s support is perhaps, understandable, Shaun Wright less so, along with Michael Sylvester, Barry Dodson and Jahangir Akhtar, quite inexplicable! There are many more we understand among Rotherham labour, if you have the names of more sympathisers of this tired and rejected group of has beens, please let us have them.
There is also a voting boycott, of at least certain, labour candidates in a number of Wards including Rotherham West, East, Boston Castle, Sitwell and Valley Wards. Said to be because, someone has ‘thrown their teddy out of their pram’, precisely because of the rejection of those who were adjudged, not fit to be labour candidates this year?
This is an issue we will be keeping an ‘eye out’ for developments in later posts.
Labour seemingly have a serious disciplinary situation here, they must not duck. Giving into bullies, is what caused Rotherham’s problems in the first place and appeasement never works. Labour please take note?