Hubris, hypocrisy and Hoddinott.

Rumour has it that Councillor Emma Hoddinott hasn’t been seen much in the ward she represents these past few months, though that’s not to say she hasn’t been a busy little bee in other quarters.

Before the festive season kicked off, she was striking determined poses down in Eastwood, keen to use her Cabinet position to grab the glory for a multi-agency initiative targeting anti-social behaviour in the neighbourhood.

Nice work if you can get it; which of course she could. With Council Leader hubster Chris Read there to promote her, she wasted no time in getting to grips with a portfolio that provided ample opportunity to pull determined faces; in stark contrast to the startled expression she sported on the front page of the Times, having been forced to resign her position as Deputy Leader of the Council deemed ‘not fit for purpose’ by the damning Casey Report.

Hoddinott was also seemingly keen to claim the credit for organising a ‘reclaim the night’ march to raise awareness of women’s safety issues in the town centre. Now some folks might remember that the original reclaim the night marches highlighted sexual violence towards women and girls. Given this, and recent history, it could be argued that there is perhaps no better place than Rotherham for such an initiative, so it was a bit odd that Hoddinott’s little trot around the town centre focused on road safety. But hey, why should mere detail ever be allowed to stand in the way of a little self-promotion dressed up as sisterly lantern making?

Since the start of the new term, Hoddinott has been back in the town centre again, pulling her determined face outside the train station this time, and it’s also been revealed that she and hubster were the first out of the starting blocks to lend a hand to one of the most shabby re-treads Rotherham Labour has ever had the gall to put before the electorate in a by-election.

But there is of course, a connection between Eastwood, the town centre, and the ward of Brinsworth and Catcliffe: All lie within the Rotherham constituency, currently the fiefdom of Sarah Champion, who publicly declared that two terms of office are enough and that she would not stand for election again in 2020.

Most sensible folks took this with a sack full of salt; Champion has a bit of a track record when it comes to changing her mind, as Jezza knows all too well. But according to some, Champion’s comments had Hoddinott quietly wetting her britches in anticipation. However distant, the prospect of a plum ‘safe’ seat with an all women shortlist so close to home was, so it’s said, a more appealing prospect than writing yet more new speeches to highlight tenuous local connections to yet more far flung northern constituencies destined to choose others. But being in the long shot, last chance saloon perhaps inevitably means cosying up to the key demographic, and going along with shabby goings-on.

Alas, it seemingly also means turning your back on the principles upon which you’ve built your cul-de-sac career. For it was reported on Radio Sheffield last week that Rotherham Council will be bringing in private contractors to address littering and parking issues in the town. But strangely, a statement was given by RMBC officer Karen Hanson, rather than by Hoddinott in her capacity as Cabinet member for waste, roads and community safety.

Now given that Hoddinott has a bit of a reputation for pushing herself front and centre immediately a camera appears on the scene, one can only speculate on the reason for this sudden bout of bashfulness. Maybe she needed to do a bit more work on her ‘tough choices, hard decisions’ face before she could wheel it out in front of council staff who now face a less certain future.

But I’m sure she’ll be able to draw on her experience as a former Trade Union Service Conditions Officer to answer any questions they might have… Once she’s given her Unison badge and stop privatisation balloons a little kiss and put them in the drawer marked ‘things that have served their purpose’ that is.


13 thoughts on “Hubris, hypocrisy and Hoddinott.

  1. Hypocrisy by hoddnot.

    Time dave prentis and unison for labour was informed over her outsourcing services to the private sector.

    Av they not lernt owt from their past council privatisations and pfi folly. No.


    • So finally we get some idea of what Hoddinott is really up to.

      Now that Clunky Spice has made her cameo appearance in Eastwood, she probably thinks no more need to set foot in that s**t hole again before 2019 or 20. And that is exactly what will happen!

      Like hubster, she is desperate to resurrect a career that never was and should never be with so little to offer. You might question why she wants to be an MP, after all she already receives two public sector salaries, and with hubster set to make the bigtime with a big job in Sheffield City region sometime soon, you might think they would have enough money.

      But for some, especially those who crave the limelight and the photo opportunity and as Clunky Spice is one who certainly does, enough is never enough. Millionaire status beckons a couple who clearly crave to become local celebs at the public expense.


  2. Rotherham Labour council failures
    make a ghetto of Wellgate & Eastwood
    Then they Spend, Spend, Spend to fix it!
    Then a Government agency has to brought in to try and sort out the mess.
    THEN Labour have their photos taken with the professionals as if they were the hero’s!

    How can Rotherham people vote for these con merchants – and I don’t mean the ones who are “ordered” to.

    People are leaving Rotherham, so they replace them with Labour voting immigrants –
    Until the whole town is a ghetto


  3. RMBC already contract out parking to TPS (Total Parking Solutions) and as a demonstration of how well Martin Beard (Parking Head Honcho) does his job ( eg: Due diligence) TPS were using an invalid VAT number as far back as June 2011.

    I don’t know how Ms.Hoddinott finds the time to waltz round the town centre at night-notice she didn’t do this unaccompanied-and attend council meetings,photo-ops and tweeting her silly mates when she has this list of other duties.

    What a sad loss to the residents of Rotherham if she ever gets elected as an MP. Not.


  4. ‘Now given that Hoddinott has a bit of a reputation for pushing herself front and centre immediately a camera appears on the scene, one can only speculate on the reason for this sudden bout of bashfulness’

    Probably more to do with the Council being in Purdah before the by-elections on 2nd Feb so elected Members cannot be named in press releases


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  6. I have been trying to get help to clean up the Victoria st and Lordens hill path in Dinnington for the last two years. It’s a total magnet for crime, the Killer clown attack and now something even worse. I have been totally fobbed off by Rotherham borough council, the Leader of the council, Kevin Barron and the Commissioners. I still have a copy of the letter I sent to Kevin Barron about it.

    Nobody wanted to know.

    This is a video I took in summer, but fly tipping just got more dire into Autumn and Winter.


  7. Tim for what its worth have a word with wayne munro smith love my st’s at RMBC he puts dinnington on a par with eastwood . good luck !


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