Last week Times journalist Andrew Norfolk wrote about a group called Just Yorkshire and their report “A Health Check.”
The report is a vitriolic attack on Sarah Champion MP dressed up as a pseudo academic study. It’s a nasty little smear attempt with a clear political intent to destroy her. They even call for action from the Labour Party, which in Sarah’s case can only mean de-selection.
The report had already been referred to by a Rothpol article some weeks ago https://dh3p7.app.goo.gl/xNNu
Councillor Taiba Yasseen was named in the Times as a potential competitor for Ms Champions job, but Ms Yasseen denies this, saying she likes Ms Champion.
Here we get the conundrum.
1.Weeks ago, I am told, all six Councillors of two inner town Wards were emailed to ask if they knew of, had any contact with or dealings with Just Yorkshire and their Health Check Report. Five responded saying NO, definitely not.
Taiba did not respond at all.
2. There is the photograph of a closed steering group meeting convened by Just Yorkshire to discuss how the recommendations from the report should pursued. Only 8 of the 10 people present, and two of the three women, are named.
Just Yorkshire say the women centre right in the picture is someone called Maarya, but we can’t find any pictures or references to her elsewhere.
Taiba is on record as saying that she was not going to, and had not attended that meeting.
3. Then there is the sacking of Taiba as a cabinet member by Leader Chris Read. He denies there is a link, but its strange that the only woman, Kashmiri Cabinet member in the region should lose her post, less than a week after Read would have got the first complaint and no doubt discussed it with Labour regional office. Ridiculously non-pc, for our Chris.
Here’s the photograph, who do you think the woman in black, centre right is?
A. Someone called Maarya, and if so please tell us who she is or what she does.
B. Taiba Yasseen
C. Jahangir Akhtar