If you think the national Labour Party is split and riven with factions, it ain’t nothing compared to the mutual animosity and distrust that riddles the Rotherham Labour Group.
Like a group cast adrift in a rudderless boat without food or water, they sit around staring at each other wondering which one they will cannibalise, and which one is planning to eat them.
To say there are factions in the Group is to over credit their abilities of organisation. The thing that unites them is fear. Many only uniting in their loathing of Sarah Champion MP for placing them in the open daylight of publicity about continuing failures.
Don’t try to feel the love, there isn’t any. Only recriminations and denial of their failings…even Child Sexual Exploitation failures are still denied privately or blamed on others.
Witness to this nastiness is complaints made by Chris Read, on behalf of the Labour Group, about Sarah. It’s uncertain whether they were made formally or informally to Labour’s Regional Office, but they were bitter and vitriolic.
The cause from the Group’s viewpoint has been her failure to show solidarity on their being the reformed apologetic, humble, transparent and activist anti CSE group they want us to believe. Until recently in comments, tweets and articles she has intimated that large sections of the Rotherham Labour Group are still in denial about their failures to protect children in their care.
For now all arguments are on the back burner in a truce less stable than that in Syria, and post-election they will start again.
Close external observers understand her issues, as there remain some unpleasant characters and weak leadership within the Group. One would not expect her to be fooled by a tick box system of anti CSE activities and victim support that independent thinkers are quietly admitting may still not be fit for purpose.
As evidence, note an Advertiser article a few weeks ago pointing out the Council will be months late in letting contracts for key counselling services for male and female victims of domestic violence and CSE. Leaving the highly skilled staff of existing support groups worried about their futures.
It is no secret that Sarah and Labour’s regional office were desperately touting around to get strong clean skin, preferably women nominees to apply to be Labour Candidates in opposition to the usual queue of misogynistic males. That she has the Regional Party on board is shown in their rejection of two proposed Kashmiri candidates for their attitudes towards women. The placing of two women in East Rotherham candidacies in their stead is proof that efforts are being made to clean out a reluctant Labour Group and some nasty Wards.
Sarah has been organising her own Policy Forums to attract and retain currently disillusioned members That the dinosaur Labour Group members find this threatening is an understatement. After all, if they want to keep the public in ignorance, they have to start with their own members. In their view, ordinary pleb members are there to raise funds and deliver leaflets, not think.
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