One day soon you’ll wake to find Sarah Champion is no longer to be MP for Rotherham.
Not due to a Parliamentary election or a willing choice to retire. No, she is to be deselected by meetings you don’t know exist. With votes cast by some who barely realise they are Party members.
She will be sunk by the plotting of others, and you will be expected to vote for whoever Labour chooses to replace her.
This hidden decision making is already happening in the Mosque Council and the secretive, unpublicised meetings of Rotherham Momentum. This is NOT rumour.
Some Labour Councillors are turning a blind eye, in revenge for what most of us call Sarah’s “honesty” about Child Sexual Exploitation and Councillor failings in Rotherham.
Justifications for dismissal will be her criticism of some Muslim men in the Sun newspaper and dismissal from Corbyn’s Shadow Cabinet. These are fig leaves; plotting has been going on for some time, and this is about power, greed and money. Not principles.
Disgraced former councillor Jahangir Akhtar is one plotter, reported to be using his power over the Council of Mosques to pull political strings. Akhtar built his power by delivering a lot of favours for taxi drivers and landlords. As a result, Muslim leaders such as Cllr Saghir Alam fear his influence among their community and seek his patronage.
The hypocrisy of Momentum in professing a kinder type of politics is also exposed by their willingness to deal with Jahangir “Asbo” Akhtar.
In September 2018 Labour Conference will fire the starting pistol for Sarah’s removal, making it easier for local party branches (CLP) to deselect their sitting MP.
There will be several hats thrown into the Rotherham Labour selection ring, known ones include:
Cllr Saghir Alam, Chair of the Council of Mosques (CoM) and Akhtar’s preferred choice.
Cllr Taiba Yasseen, Akhtar and the CoM second choice if Labour declare it an all women shortlist.
Cllr Wendy Cooksey, nearest thing to a Rotherham Momentum supporter with half a brain.
Soon a short pleasant period in Rotherham political life will be over, one where we had an honest MP who spoke loud and fiercely to protect the vulnerable.
The only hope for Sarah is for this plot to be exposed, and for YOU to stand up and demand open clean politics.
Ps Cllr Emma Hoddinott may think she has a chance, but she hasn’t.