Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council through the Leader Chris Read, have assured us they have changed, having learned the lessons of the past.
At almost the very first hurdle, they have given us an example of just the kind of behaviour, that allowed a ‘blind eye’ to be turned, whilst 1400 vulnerable children were abused!
I refer to the Andrew Roddison scandal. Instead of dealing with this issue, they did what Labour Group always have, they ‘circled the wagons’ and suppressed news getting out.
The events that have resulted in Roddison’s appearance in Court, seem to have occurred nearly two months ago, yet there is no sign at all that he has been suspended by the Labour Group, or the Labour Party for that matter?
The Advertiser, on it’s front page of July 1st 2016, brought this tawdry tale of inappropriate behaviour to us all. Even then, Rotherham Labour Group, quite inexplicably, failed to act in a way that lives up to the circumstances!
Why did they protect Roddison, when their attention should have been paid to the victim here? Does this simply expose Labour Group’s continuing misogyny? Why are the women labour Councillors, not jumping up and down on this issue? MPs Kevin Barron, Sarah Champion and John Healey have been silent too?
I can only come to the conclusion, there is no change in our ‘not fit for purpose’ Labour Council and Chris Read, is just another charlatan leader for now!
Gregory, The Council’s Website shows him still in the Labour Party. One would have thought they would have changed it after two months?