Child Sexual Exploitation in Rotherham 2013

Links to every post to do with CSE in 2013:

Sarah Champion Progress on CSE

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The Star updates readers on the progress of Sarah Champion’s all party inquiry into Child Sexual Exploitation:

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CSE & Rotherham – Fixed by 2009?

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The citizens of Rotherham have been repeatedly reassured by RMBC spokespersons and from press releases and public utterances of Roger Stone, as far as child sexual exploitation is concerned, the problem has been fixed and everything has been hunky dory … Continue reading

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Rotherham My Town – The Rotten Borough?

My town, Rotherham, is perhaps the best example of a Rotten Borough. We have an MP about to be jailed for fiddling his expenses, councilors who covered up a major child sexual exploitation scandal and refuse to publish the full … Continue reading

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Blacked-Out Whitewash from TFTTH

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Tales From The Town Hall back last year published this insightful piece, which I am sure readers may wish to be reminded of:

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Chris Longley Ploughing On!

From Chris Longley MBE Dear Rothpol and all the readers of your blog I just wanted to reassure all of you that I am continuing to examine all the Agendas, Minutes and Reports that relate to the Rotherham Child Safeguarding … Continue reading

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The Barnardo’s Review of Council Practice in Child Sexual Exploitation; Bring on the P45s

 “We apologise unreservedly to those young people who have been let down by our safeguarding services which prior to 2009 simply weren’t good enough.”  – Roger Stone, Rotherham Council Leader 04 September 2013 “We recommend that all key managers and … Continue reading

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Sounds familiar?

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The Guardian published this on the Rochdale CSE Case. Unfortunately the litany of failure sounds awfully familiar to us here in Rotherham:

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Ian Watkins – South Yorkshire Police Failures!

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The Yorkshire Post reports failure by South Yorkshire Police:

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Child Sex Exploitation & what they don’t want you to know: HMIC Report

“Points in the HMIC review of child protection services that either don’t make it into the accompanying officer‘s report or are misrepresented therein: HMIC  “Staff within dedicated child sexual exploitation teams are not always complying with statutory child protection guidance. … Continue reading

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Time for Heads to Roll; lies, damn lies & Committee Reports on Child Sex Exploitation

“Its ten years since the scandal of failures to protect children started to emerge in Rotherham. In that time we have had numerous perpetrators go unpunished, a young woman murdered & some of our streets turned into no-go zones with  … Continue reading

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Barnardo’s Practice Review; 1 Oh dear what a farce

I’m going to analyse this review in chunks, making It easier be clear to readers. Other pieces will appear over the next week. Let us start with some of the Basics #The report emphasises, in keeping with most experts, that … Continue reading

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SYP Investigating themselves?

This piece was left as a comment, it’s contents are too important to miss! “Sorry Anonymous, but in the real world Caven simply isn’t that important. Think about Keith Vaz & the Home Affairs Select Committee who seriously criticised SYP … Continue reading

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Those Recent Reports A Must Read – In Full

Grateful to our resourceful spotter for this important info. These are .pdf files you can view print or save a copy to your hard drive should you want them for future reference: Cover Barnado’s Report Police report

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What It’s Really About!

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Previously: Are you a victim too? Posted on September 11, 2013 by rothpol This gallery contains 1 photo. No one, listening to ‘Jessica’s’ story on BBC Radio 5Live, could fail to have been moved by her experiences. Jessica, it transpires from … Continue reading

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Rotherham, a scary place where the Police can no longer be trusted

“South Yorkshire Police(SYP) appear to have colluded in an outrageous programme of misinformation aimed at supporting an individual politician, Jahangir Akhtar. They are quoted as saying “[SYP]has now completed the inquiry and found no evidence to substantiate the claims”. The … Continue reading

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Sarah Champion’s attitude to misogyny?

Too good to miss! Republished from a comment: The reality is she doesn’t comment upon the misogyny within Rotherham Labour Party, so I don’t see any pheasants emerging. I can’t decide whether she is naive, not very bright or brighter … Continue reading

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The RMBC Spin Machine In Overdrive?

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This on the RMBC Website is a perfect example of spin over substance: Readers might have missed the posts below that are relevant here: Hook, Line and Sinker? Posted on December 11, 2013 by rothpol This gallery contains 1 photo. This … Continue reading

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More determined than ever!

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This rather spiteful little letter appeared in last weeks Advertiser. Published anonymously one can only speculate as to who was the author? Helpfully these words bear an uncanny resemblance to a facebook posting by an old friend of Peter Thirlwall. … Continue reading

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Champion – another inquiry!

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As if we haven’t had enough inquiries, none properly concluded due to time constraints, will this be another? The other way of looking at this is, for the more cynically minded, that Sarah Champion wants to climb the greasy pole? … Continue reading

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Hook, Line and Sinker?

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This from the Advertiser appears to resemble the press release, practically word for word:

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Falling for it?

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Three recent reports from the Star, Yorkshire Post and the BBC:

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Some Investigation Required?

Nearly a couple of months ago Rothpol published a letter they had received from an anonymous source. This letter seems to have been authored by members of the Asian community in Rotherham and as well as displaying unacceptable fear of … Continue reading

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What was Akhtar found innocent of?

What was Akhtar found innocent of? Many in the press bemoan the Leveson Inquiry as the death knell for independent investigative reporting. Yet It appears our local press are capable of killing it off without outside help; at least if … Continue reading

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More smoke and mirrors

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This piece published in yesterday’s Star moves the story on: Not bad spinning when you think Akhtar was never accused of any criminality by anyone!

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Abolish Police & Crime Commissioners Call

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Wonder what our Shaun makes of this:

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Akhtar & Co – Dirty Tricks An Explanation

Just listened to Eastern Air from last night and thought readers might appreciate this piece (reprised) as an antidote to the complete rubbish that Akhtar was spouting. I would simply pose the question, are these acceptable actions from a Labour … Continue reading

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Spin machine in overdrive?

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Breaking News: Akhtar was n Eastern Air tonight! Listen to it again, click here. Readers should remember the words of a spokeswoman for the Times newspaper, upon the BBC learning of Akhtar’s supposed ‘clearance’ by the SY Police: “The police … Continue reading

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Akhtar still has some explaining to do!

Despite being very publicly ‘cleared’ by the Police, Akhtar has yet to answer fully, the points made in the two posts that follow: Andrew Norfolk Expose – In Full! Posted on August 23, 2013 by rothpol This gallery contains 8 photos … Continue reading

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Answer was there all the time?

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Many have speculated about the role of Common Purpose in Rotherham. Shaun Wright has even denied knowing anything of them, denials will look rather hollow in the light of this information:

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Rehabilitation – In A Nutshell

If a politician is faced with a series of damaging revelations, in a newspaper for example. A useful stratagem to employ, from the ‘Standard Handbook of Political Practice’, Chapter Six. Damage Limitation, Page 267: Is for one to identify a … Continue reading

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Poor Shaun Two

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More on forgetful Clegg from the BBC:

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Poor Shaun?

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Star Report – South Yorkshire Police meeting just hours after report

South Yorkshire Police meeting just hours after report Police chiefs in South Yorkshire have met – just hours after the publication of a damning report into the way child sexual exploitation is tackled. Chief Constable David Crompton and Shaun Wright, … Continue reading

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Andrew Norfolk on the HMIC Report

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Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary (HMIC) SYP and Shaun’s Child Protection Failing: You read it first on Rothpol

The inquiry’s key conclusion was first identified in a Rothpol article “Shaun spreads the manure!” written by myself on October 26th and published in Rothpol. Here is the article  http://goo.gl/yheSrr In summary I forecast 1. The HMIC review of the … Continue reading

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HMIC Report!

Her Majesties Inspectorate of Constabularies Report: South Yorkshire Police’s Response to Child Sexual Exploitation.pdf

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More Criticism for South Yorkshire Police

Again our thanks go to our spotter, for this interesting piece in the Independent: S. Yorks police still giving priority to vehicle crime over child exploitation, says watchdog Senior officers from the police force that was heavily criticised over its … Continue reading

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South Yorkshire Police criticised over child sex victim protection

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Thanks to our spotter for bringing our attention to this gem:

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Fly on the wall returns!

After spending my time outdoors for the summer and hanging around Riverside House and New York Stadium, I thought I would head up to the warmer environs of the Lubyanka. Imagine my surprise then, to met an old friend, Jemima … Continue reading

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Worth Reminding of – Jahangir Akhtar is innocent OK!

If a politician is faced with a series of damaging revelations, in a newspaper for example. A useful stratagem to employ, from the ‘Standard Handbook of Political Practice’, Chapter Six. Damage Limitation, Page 267 – Is for one to identify … Continue reading

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Fox put in charge of the hen coop?

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This series of exchanges would lead one to suppose, that Martin Kimber’s actions and inactions, are not part of the so called ‘Independent Investigation’? Or, have I got this wrong? .

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This is Alexis Jay

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New Independent Chair for CELCIS   A senior social work figure in Scotland has been announced today (Tuesday 9 July) as the new Independent Chair of the Centre for Excellence for Looked After Children in Scotland (CELCIS) based at the … Continue reading

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Lead officer for Rotherham CSE Inquiry Announced

Lead officer for Rotherham CSE Inquiry Announced Published Friday 1st November 13 A former chief social work adviser to the Scottish Government has been appointed to lead the independent inquiry into historic cases of child sexual exploitation (CSE) in Rotherham … Continue reading

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Yorkshire Post – Political Censorship?

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Yorkshire Post – Political Censorship? Or, the censorship that never was! If this post demonstrates anything, it is that nothing should ever be taken at face value! In politics, there are always those whose prejudices inform their opinions to such … Continue reading

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Inaction and inertia?

From RMBC Cabinet Meeting of 18 Sept See the reference to it here https://rotherhampolitics.wordpress.com/2013/09/04/formal-statement-by-cllr-roger-stone-leader-of-the-council/ Download the reference documents as a .pdf: Child Sexual Exploitation Update Terms of Reference CSE Terms of Reference for the Inquiry Report There was nothing about the … Continue reading

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PE More on Sharp practice!

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Seems Sonia Sharp is not off the hook yet: .

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Councillor hits back at call to resign

Councillor hits back at call to resign Published on 02/10/2013 18:06 Controversial parish council meetings in Anston took a new twist, when a councillor was asked to resign over the Rotherham child-grooming scandal. Coun Josephine Burton was the subject of … Continue reading

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Andrew Norfolk returns to the fray!

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Andrew Norfolk the Times Chief Investigative Reporter returns from his break with this interesting front page article: Child sexual predators to face fast-track justice plan Sexual predators who target children face up to five years in jail under tough new … Continue reading

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Labour in the gutter?

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When Rothpol started blogging back in 2008 it was to satisfy a number of largely personal questions and to add to the public knowledge of the goings on amongst our politicians and what stands for the ‘political class’ in Rotherham. … Continue reading

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100 children at risk in Leeds

The Yorkshire Post of today: Leeds exploitation action plan as 100 children at risk of grooming MORE than 100 children in Leeds were deemed at direct risk of sexual exploitation last year, while hundreds more were considered vulnerable after going … Continue reading

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Video Hits Home Message On Child Sexual Exploitation

From West Yorkshire Police: Video Hits Home Message On Child Sexual Exploitation Our spotter offers the observations: West Yorkshire Police seem to be proactive on making parents aware of the signs and dangers of child sexual exploitation. Anything from RMBC … Continue reading

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Akhtar & Co – Dirty Tricks Explained

Saw the article headline in RothBradpol about an interview with Rik and was interested to know what he had to say to Akhar’s organ. So had a look and was amazed to see that despite the title he has no … Continue reading

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Another Update from Chris Longley

From Chris Longley MBE Dear Rothpol I have received today the following information from RMBC QUOTATION BEGINS “Dear Mr Longley Freedom of Information Act 2000 – Request for Information 547 I refer to your request for information dated 9 September … Continue reading

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Seems Rotherham Politics has upset someone?

Our old friends at Rothbradpolitics are working themselves into a bit of a lather, perhaps we are making some progress in exposing the rotten underbelly at Rotherham Council. Adding two and two and coming up with five, hints at desperation! … Continue reading

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Barnardo’s joins abuse fight!

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Charity team join South Yorkshire Police in abuse fight Four specialist charity workers are to help youngsters in South Yorkshire escape child sexual exploitation. The quartet, from children’s charity Barnardo’s, joined South Yorkshire Police for the launch of a new … Continue reading

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Rotherham Is In Rotten Boroughs

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Private Eye brings us some more ‘guilty ones’ that must not be allowed to escape blame: .

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Rotherham is the ‘rotten borough’

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At Rotherham Politics, we would have no disagreement with either another excellent comment piece and two letters from last Friday’s Advertiser. Other viewpoints welcome: .

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Did everyone at RMBC ‘play down’ grooming?

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From last Friday’s Advertiser: Seems to Rothpol, that everyone from the Council Officers, elected members and the Police have let our vulnerable children down in the most despicable ways! It is time to hold them all to account! See also: … Continue reading

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Some Labour Party members do care after all!

The evidence? Ged Dempsey’s email exchange with another Labour Party member, serves to illustrate the frustration, amongst ordinary members! Subject: Independent report: Ged “Reading about the independent enquiry re Grooming in the Advertiser  left me with a sick feeling in … Continue reading

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Chris Longley writes to Keith Vaz

From Chris Longley MBE 19 September 2013 The Rt Hon Keith Vaz MP Chair Home Affairs Select Committee House of Commons London SW1 OAA Dear Mr Vaz I have today received documents that inform me that Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council … Continue reading

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More information on CSE Inquiry

From RMBC website: Terms of Reference CSE Terms of Reference for the Inquiry Report herewith Child Sexual Exploitation Update report herewith

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Smoke signals from the Lubyanka

Twitter now seems to fulfil the role formerly occupied by smoke signals, it would appear. These two tweets from Garth Dennison of the Advertiser, tells most of the story without the burdensome waffle. Independent inquiry into child sexual exploitation in … Continue reading

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The Star reports arrests

Sheffield child sexual exploitation arrests Three men have been arrested in Sheffield as part of an ongoing child sexual exploitation investigation in the city. Two men, aged 19 and 21, were arrested on Monday. A third man, 20, was arrested … Continue reading

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The odd couple or in flagrante delicto or who is using who – Part 2

The MP’s primary responsibility is to the people, not a Council. It’s a common mistake to presume that Council & the people are the same thing, with always the same interests; but not so where a Council has so clearly … Continue reading

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The odd couple or in flagrante delicto or who is using who

Interesting little observation that on 12th Sept Lady Sarah MP for Rotherham (aka Patron Saint of Platitudes and all things nice- bless) made a speech in Parliament stating that despite a sordid past that led to it being called “the … Continue reading

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Jahangir Akhtar is innocent OK!

If a politician is faced with a series of damaging revelations, in a newspaper for example. A useful stratagem to employ, from the ‘Standard Handbook of Political Practice’, Chapter Six. Damage Limitation, Page 267 – Is for one to identify … Continue reading

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An honourable exception at the TUC

Ged Dempsey of the GPM Section of Unite, has been busy. This is the full text of his speech in support of Motion 72 at the Trades Union Congress 2013. Motion 72 -1984/85 Miners strike – Inquiry into police actions: … Continue reading

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Labour Must Act – Now!

Ed Miliband, when down with the brothers and sisters in Bournemouth at the Trades Union Congress, tried his very best to convince them he had a plan for the future that would work. For the country? No! His main attention … Continue reading

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We must face this issue head on!

It has been Rothpol’s life experience, that until the denial stops, it is impossible to deal with any problem. The child sexual exploitation scandal is just such an example. Rotherham’s politicians, Council Officers and the Police, have failed the many … Continue reading

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Are you a victim too?

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No one, listening to ‘Jessica’s’ story on BBC Radio 5Live, could fail to have been moved by her experiences. Jessica, it transpires from her own testimony, didn’t realise she had been the victim of grooming and sexual exploitation until quite … Continue reading

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Chris Longley brings us up to date

From Chris Longley MBE FREEDOM OF INFORMATION ACT (FOI) REQUEST PROGRESS: ROTHERHAM METROPOLITAN BOROUGH COUNCIL (RMBC) INFORMATION Dear Rothpol readers, This note is to bring people up to date (September 10 2013) with the current state of release of RMBC … Continue reading

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Why does the Inquiry only go up to 2009?

Let us be quite clear: Roger and the Council leaders did not want an external open inquiry. If they had it could have happened years ago.  Hence it is reasonable to watch out for some Roger style tricks to limit … Continue reading

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Whatever the mechanism – justice for victims is required!

A big question is whether or not the case of the four young women will ever get to court.  There are hurdles. The first one being whether or not they get Legal Aid and if not will the solicitors take … Continue reading

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Same problem different city?

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EDM 406 – where is John Healey’s name?

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http://www.parliament.uk/business/publications/business-papers/commons/early-day-motions/edm-member-detail/?session=2013-14&member=909

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Shaun Wright asked to step down

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Champion makes ‘Tiser front page

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Today’s Rotherham Advertiser has Sarah Champion on the front page and on page four, here it is: .

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Missed Toby Foster at Breakfast yesterday morning?

Readers of Rotherham Politics don’t miss much, this is another of those broadcasts in the fine tradition of public service broadcasting. Thanks to modern technology you don’t have to miss it: BBC Radio Sheffield Toby Foster at Breakfast 5th Sept … Continue reading

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More from Rotherham’s Champion

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Our Sarah has also been busy:

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Compare and contrast!

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Readers might be interested to compare these two screen grabs from two of our local Members of Parliament: Our spotter offered this opinion, Kev feels it is more important to promote the Countryside Alliance’s Awards. Just look at the right-wing … Continue reading

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Andrew Norfolk Reports!

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Roger’s U-Turn in official form

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It took, just 48 hours for this to be published, after Roger’s previous statement, this is an enormous climb-down! .

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Dead man walking?

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Caven Vines Reaction

My reaction to this belated announcement is as follows: “I welcome this well overdue enquiry all be it late. But to be honest they have only now taken this step as they have now really no other options left open … Continue reading

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Killer Quotes?

These quotes from Jahangir Akhtar were heard being uttered today in Rotherham to anyone who would listen: “I will be coming back to become a Councillor for Rotherham West, I can walk into my council seat when I want to.”  … Continue reading

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Formal Statement by Cllr Roger Stone, Leader of the Council

Formal Statement by Cllr Roger Stone, Leader of the Council As I stated earlier, I want at this point to raise an urgent item relating to the issue of child sexual exploitation (CSE). I know that I speak for us … Continue reading

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Fresh ‘Independent’ inquiry announced

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Many thanks to our spotter Regular Reader: .

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Seems developments are on the way!

Gareth Dennison’s two tweets: Gareth Dennison ‏@GarethAtWork Rotherham Council has announced an independent enquiry into child sexual exploitation. Gareth Dennison ‏@GarethAtWork Martin Kimber will give details of how the CSE inquiry will work on September 18. See Friday’s paper for … Continue reading

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Advertiser Poll

The ‘Tiser is running a new poll on their website. They pose the following question: Should Council and Police chiefs resign over grooming scandal? So far 98.6% say yes and just 1.4% say no! Have your vote  here, http://www.rotherhamadvertiser.co.uk/news/polls.aspx Thanks … Continue reading

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They just don’t get it… That statement to members

“The thing about Roger and his chums is that they don’t get the basics of democracy,  so I will simplify things. We elect you. You are accountable to us. In a liberal democracy accountability is a day to day issue, … Continue reading

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The shame of the Rotherham Labour 57!

Rotherham’s Labour Group Shabana Ahmed Jahangir Akhtar Shaukat Ali Jenny Andrews Lauren Astbury Alan Atkin Ian Barron Christine Beaumont Dominic Beck Alan Buckley Jo Burton Maggi Clark Simon Currie Judith Dalton Barry Dodson John Doyle Sue Ellis Jacqui Falvey John … Continue reading

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Is this the Leadership Rotherham needs?

From: Holmes, Tracy Sent: Thursday, August 29, 2013 05:19 PM GMT Standard Time To: Members Subject: STATEMENT TO THE TIMES – CHILD SEXUAL EXPLOITATION The Leader has asked me to share with you the statement below which is the Council’s … Continue reading

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The second honourable exception!

“I solely joined the Labour party for national political reasons rather than the politics of Rotherham. This being the case I have not been involved in any local politics since leaving uni, apart from following your blog, and given the … Continue reading

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The Honourable Exception!

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This Friday’s Advertiser published a letter from the first, and so far, only labour party member to publicly criticise the stance taken by the Lubyanka! Who is this principled individual? Ged Dempsey, a Unite activist and labour member, no less. … Continue reading

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Advertiser’s hard hitting comment!

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Advertiser’s treatment of the biggest scandal ever to afflict Rotherham

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Weekly newspapers are always at a disadvantage when reporting a rapidly developing news story. On this occasion they seem to have risen to this challenge in an exemplary fashion. They even managed to give readers a flavour of Akhtar’s arrogance … Continue reading

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Questions that must be answered?

“Publicly Akhtar has focused on the Police assessing whether or not he has done anything illegal despite it never being suggested that he did anything illegal.In his version his only involvement was giving the telephone number of the abusers mother … Continue reading

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Yesterday’s Times Leader

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Another powerful leader in yesterdays Times:

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Jockeying for position?

Too good to miss: “The resignation of Akhtar seems to have caused a flurry of activity amongst some of his most closest allies who will no doubt lose out the most with him going. Who are these people readers may … Continue reading

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Sarah’s response to Caven

This is Sarah champion MPs answer to me regarding child grooming After I asked he to put political difference to one side and back my letter to SYP Regards Caven —–Original Message—– From: Cavenvines <cavenvines@aol.com> To: CHAMPION, Sarah <sarah.champion.mp@parliament.uk> Sent: … Continue reading

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You couldn’t make this up!

Commissioner Wright commissions three major reviews into child sexual exploitation Three major reviews into how agencies in South Yorkshire manage child sexual exploitation (CSE) offences past and present have been commissioned by the area’s Police and Crime Commissioner Shaun Wright. … Continue reading

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Not even on the right page?

Joanna Atkinson Management Secretary The Leader’s Office Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council Rotherham Town Hall The Crofts S60 2TH Tel: (01709) 822729 e-mail: joanna.atkinson@rotherham.gov.uk   Working days:- Thurs & Fri    Visit our website:  http://www.rotherham.gov.uk The Council can confirm that Cllr. Jahangir … Continue reading

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How many more children must suffer?

Five arrests over sexual abuse of young girl in Manchester Andrew Norfolk Last updated at 3:06PM, August 28 2013 Five men were arrested today as part of a major police inquiry into the alleged sexual abuse and exploitation of a … Continue reading

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Piggies 1 – Services 0

Wil Ewart puts forward this money saving scheme, two birds with one Stone, perhaps? “The 2011 Census identified the population of Rotherham as 257,600 and to represent us there are 63 councillors. Doncaster has 288,854 people (31,254 or 12% more) … Continue reading

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Caven Vines writes to Jason Harwin

Cllr Caven Vines 26th August 2013 For the attention of Chief Superintendent Jason Harwin Re Alleged Child Grooming In Rotherham Dear Chief Superintendent Harwin With the revelations in the Times newspaper Reported by Mr Andrew Norfolk regarding the alleged involvement … Continue reading

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Jessica calls for resignations

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Jessica one of the victims on grooming and sexual exploitation has called for resignations of those complicit in covering up her abuse on BBC Radio 5 this morning : This is the link to the broadcast. .

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A Quick Competition

“Todays Competition: How many of the well loved Sabir family (Ghandis) are Labour Party members and when known how will this impact on Labour’s inner town vote in 2014? We’re sure that Respect will be interested in the result.” Wil

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Joe writes to Kevin

Below is my email to my MP Kevin Barron calling on him to raise the issue of an independent investigation into CSE in Rotherham. I would like to urge you all to send a similar email to your MP’s, remember … Continue reading

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Rotherham’s Disgrace – Shabana Ahmed adds her voice to Jahangir Akhtars

Originally posted on Rotherham Politics:
Last night Borough Councillor Shabana Ahmed broke cover to bring us this statement: “I wasn’t intending to comment publicly this early in my political position but since my name has been mentioned along with the…

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Less important than an escaped parrot!

This came in as a comment, Rothpol thought it was just too important to be missed: “Still no comment from any Labour representatives! If they think this will go away they are mistaken. Their silence is deafening. What are they … Continue reading

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Systemic Failure! Systematic ‘blind eye’ more like?

Another reader contributed piece from a no publicity box ticked source: “Martin Kimber CEO of the Council admitted and apologised to Parliament for Rotherham Council’s abysmal failings in the protection of children from sexual abuse. He described the failings as … Continue reading

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A Longer view?

This interesting and revealing piece was sent to Rothpol today, the author ticked the no publicity box: “Most labour supporters are sure Akhtar will be reinstated as deputy leader once the police have completed their investigation, sorry, cover up operation. … Continue reading

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Witnesses wanted!

“It has been alleged, a senior figure within the local Pakistani community had sex with a 12 year old Pakistani girl. When the child’s father, a taxi driver, discovered what was happening he confronted the perpetrator who became very angry. … Continue reading

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A week is a long time in politics!

This piece surely demonstrates that Harold Wilson was right to coin the term, a week is a long time in politics?: “I’ve now had three different people telling my that Akhtar’s going around saying that next year he will become … Continue reading

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Why the Labour Party should investigate?

Fresh in from Wil Ewart: The Times article at no point suggested that Akhtar had committed a criminal offence. If there was a clear implication it was about his getting involved to secure the release without prosecution of his relative. … Continue reading

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Help Wanted!

For some time now Rothpol has been documenting an accurate picture of Jahangir Akhtar in the posting, Jahangir Akhtar the unauthorised version. Designed to get behind the political spin, it has relied on information from many different sources. Rothpol has had … Continue reading

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Press Release – Rotherham Respect Party

Statement from Rotherham Respect party:   We are closely following the developments in Rotherham Borough council, which has resulted in the deputy leader of the council temporarily resigning. We expect that the police will be conducting a thorough investigation #peace … Continue reading

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Council Chief Quits Over Grooming Scandal!

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Andrew Norfolk, the Chief Investigative Reporter of the Times, brings us fresh insights into Jahangir Akhtar’s resignation: .

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Andrew Norfolk on Akhtars ‘temporary’ resignation!

Council chief quits over grooming row The deputy leader of a local authority hit by a sex-grooming scandal resigned last night after details of his role in the recovery of a missing child were revealed. Jahangir Akhtar, who also stood … Continue reading

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Jahangir Akhtar Resigns!

Just been announced full story soonest! Rotherham Council deputy resigns Councillor Jahangir Akhtar has tonight stepped down from his role as Deputy Leader of Rotherham Council and as Vice Chair of the Police and Crime Panel, Rotherham Council has announced. … Continue reading

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Time for all of us to unite?

The Pakistani origin people in Rotherham are coming to a critical point when big choices ought to be made. At Prayers today there will be an attempt to shut people up, calm the community down and get them to comply … Continue reading

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The Star – ‘Grooming victims’ to sue Rotherham Council

The Star – ‘Grooming victims’ to sue Rotherham Council Four women are suing Rotherham Council for ‘systemic failures to protect them from sexual abuse by predatory men when they were children’. South Yorkshire solicitors Switalskis said a number of women … Continue reading

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Does Rotherham need some RAGE? Now more than ever!

From comments and private communications with Rothpol, it is apparent there is a growing demand for a citizens group to open cross community cooperation to tackle the issue of Child Sexual Exploitation. Rothpol is aware that one attempt has been … Continue reading

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Breaking News – RMBC to be sued over Child Sexual Abuse!

PRESS RELEASE 23rd AUGUST 2013 BY SWITALSKIS SOLICITORS CHILD ABUSE LAWYERS Child Sex Abuse Scandal Rotherham Council to be sued A number of Rotherham women have instructed solicitors to sue Rotherham Council for systemic failures to protect them from sexual … Continue reading

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Andrew Norfolk Expose – Hard hitting Times leader article

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Andrew Norfolk Expose – In Full!

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Andrew Norfolk’s Expose: .

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New Andrew Norfolk Expose!

Tomorrow mornings Times, carries another excellent Andrew Norfolk Expose. Child sex town grooming scandal exposed Andrew Norfolk Chief Investigative Reporter Published 1 minute ago A child in the care of social services was allowed extensive daily contact with a violent … Continue reading

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Does Rotherham need some RAGE?

From comments and private communications with Rothpol, it is apparent there is a growing demand for a citizens group to open cross community cooperation to tackle the issue of Child Sexual Exploitation. Rothpol is aware that one attempt has been … Continue reading

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The interview everyone should listen to!

Thanks to our technical expert, ‘a regular reader’ this link will not disappear after a week. The audio file can be downloaded and then played on the mp3 player of your choice. Download from New link. Andrew Norfolk explodes the … Continue reading

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Andrew Norfolk on PM

You have six days to listen to an excellent interview with Andrew Norfolk about how the system fails children who have been sexually abused. On BBC I-player it is in the PM programme, so you have to be patient for … Continue reading

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Godfrey Bloom visited prostitutes!

Sally Kate Taylor left this as a comment, simply too good to miss: “I won’t forget the Labour Council / RMBC Executive’s role in the scandal’ and will do all I can to ensure the sexual exploitation in Rotherham is … Continue reading

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Ten men charged in Coventry!

BBC Coventry and Warwickshire brings news of an important breakthrough in dealing properly with the issue of Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE): Teenage girls sex exploitation: Ten men charged in Coventry Ten men have been charged with offences including rape, sexual … Continue reading

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Not Even On The Same Page?

Rotherham Politics and a wide range of the readership, are committed to bring justice to all those children whose pleas for help went unanswered! We knew right from the start, that as far as South Yorkshire was concerned, this would … Continue reading

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Of concern to everyone?

Rothpol has been increasingly concerned at this apparently blatant attempt to prevent discussion by of all people, Jahangir Akhtar: Anonymouse says: July 18, 2013 at 2:20 pm We have to accept that their is problem with issues with grooming? Due to … Continue reading

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Now here I go again! A personal viewpoint.

I thought this was just too thought provoking to leave this unnoticed: “Now here I go again – whilst I will fight RMBC tooth and nail to get to the truth re the malpractice and criminal deceit regarding the cover … Continue reading

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Doing the rounds – Champion on Yvonne Ridley!

This is doing the rounds, its from Ms Champions Twitter page. Just on @BBCSheffield re CSE. Is Yvonne Ridley bitter because she lost? Why can’t she acknowledge positives happening now in #rotherham? – 08 Lower than a snakes belly to … Continue reading

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The attitude that is the problem?

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When I read this piece from the Advertiser of July 5th, I was most dismayed. It appeared for all the world, as if this was a PR professional, spin doctors, view on the situation. It demonstrates the worst kind of … Continue reading

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Yvonne Ridley on Radio Sheffield this morning!

Child sexual exploitation, the story that won’t go away. Not until it’s fixed, at least in South Yorkshire. How will we know when that has happened? There will be quite a number of men behind bars, that’s how!!! Toby Foster … Continue reading

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Yvonne Ridley and CSE – for one week only

Rothpol can now publish a link to the politics event of the week. Just when Jahangir Akhtar thought he had seen the back of Yvonne Ridley she puts in a re-appearance: http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b036c7ng/Sunday_Politics_Yorkshire_and_Lincolnshire_07_07_2013/ The Yorkshire session starts about halfway through.

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Joyce Thacker fresh insights!

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Pinched this from view from the grassy knoll, there is much more on this site about our old friend Joyce and a lot on Common Purpose as well: Homage to Common Purpose “I have met Joyce Thacker on a few … Continue reading

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Advertiser – Six in Court

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Rotherham woman on 41 child prostitution charges A ROTHERHAM woman has been charged with 41 child prostitution offences — some dating back to when she was just 15 years old. Amanda Spencer (22), of Canklow Road, and five Sheffield men … Continue reading

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Confirmation from Parliamentary Review

A Parliamentary Review confirms what Rothpol has always said. “There is no evidence that children are any safer fro sexual abuse because of the Councils meaningless new paper policies. Right then, that’s where we are. Bit embarrassing, but we can … Continue reading

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FOI Chris Longley – Day 30 Refusal Finally Arrives!

Day 30 of my FOI Request to RMBC and the refusal has arrived. Here is the full text: RMBC letter reads thus: “Dear Mr Longley, I refer to your recent request for information regarding all the agendas, minutes and reports … Continue reading

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The Star – Police on the case

South Yorkshire Police warning for parents on child sex grooming The detective in charge of tackling child sexual exploitation in SouthYorkshire has urged parents to look out for signs their children are being groomed for sex. Temporary detective superintendent Phil … Continue reading

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CPS – CSE Charges

Five men and one woman charged with child sexual exploitation offences 17/06/2013 The Crown Prosecution Service in Yorkshire and Humberside has authorised South Yorkshire Police (on 4 June 2013) to charge five men and one woman with offences relating to … Continue reading

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Chris Longley clarifies his position

From Chris Longley MBE Dear Rothpol and all the other people who have commented Note to Rothpol: this is modified version of an earlier blog in the light of very recent events. Thank you for your comments on these grave … Continue reading

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The Guardian brings news of welcome developments

Child sex abuse victims’ vulnerability must not be barrier to justice, says DPP Keir Starmer QC unveils new guidelines for handling abuse after series of high-profile grooming cases Vulnerability among child sex abuse victims should no longer be a barrier … Continue reading

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Rotherham Advertiser – Rotherham Council failed to recognise abuse on its own doorstep – MPs’ report

Rotherham Council failed to recognise abuse on its own doorstep – MPs’ report ROTHERHAM Borough Council was inexcusably slow to realise widespread and organised sexual abuse of children was taking place on its doorstep, MPs have said. The Home Affairs … Continue reading

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Dinnington Guardian – also on the case

South Yorkshire: Authorities critised over response to child sexual exploitation By Sam Chetwynd Published on 11/06/2013 08:43 Authorities in South Yorkshire have been criticised by MPs for their handling of child sexual exploitation. Rotherham Council was described as ‘inexcusably slow’, … Continue reading

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Yorkshire Post – MPs hit out at ‘catastrophic failures’ on child grooming

MPs hit out at ‘catastrophic failures’ on child grooming Authorities were “inexcusably slow” to realise the widespread, organised sexual abuse of children taking place on their doorstep, a damning report into grooming today lays bare. Rotherham Council has been slammed … Continue reading

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The Star – Criticism for police and council chiefs over response to sexual exploitation of children

Criticism for police and council chiefs over response to sexual exploitation of children Police and council chiefs in Rotherham have been criticised by MPs over their response to tackling the sexual exploitation of children – with agencies described as ‘inexcusably … Continue reading

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Strong words from Vaz!

Strong words from Vaz on the BBC Radio Sheffield news page! Keith Vaz MP, chairman of the committee, said: “Officials who fail to act, for example in places like Rotherham or Rochdale, must not be allowed to evade responsibility through … Continue reading

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BBC Reaction

South Yorkshire authorities attacked by MPs over grooming The authorities in South Yorkshire have been criticised by MPs for their handling of child sexual exploitation. Rotherham Council was described as “inexcusably slow”, while South Yorkshire Police was said to have … Continue reading

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Chris Longley Reaction to Home Affairs Select Committee report on localised child grooming

FROM CHRIS LONGLEY MBE EXTRACTS FROM THE REPORT OF THE HOME AFFAIRS SELECT COMMITTEE: ‘CHILD SEXUAL EXPLOITATION AND THE RESPONSE TO LOCALISED GROOMING’ 1 THE REPORT Here is the link to the Report of the Home Affairs Committee: 2nd Report … Continue reading

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Andrew Norfolk – Child abuse failings

Child abuse failings must lead to new law, MPs say Andrew Norfolk Chief Investigative Reporter Last updated at 12:02AM, June 10 2013 Catastrophic blunders at two scandal-hit councils mean that ministers must consider changing the law and force any professional … Continue reading

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Home Affairs Select Committee publishes report on localised child grooming

The Home Affairs Committee has published its report ‘Child sexual exploitation and the response to localised grooming’ today, Monday 10 June 2013. 2nd Report – Child sexual exploitation and the response to localised grooming – Volume I The oral and … Continue reading

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CSE Taskforce first reports from Andrew Norfolk

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Andrew Norfolk and the Times newspaper today has brought us news of the new task force, tackling child sexual exploitation: .

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It was Unthinkable – Until Now!

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Just started reading this book by Kris Hollington, as well as more general material the Rotherham situation is explored in some detail: Will review soon, unless there is a contributor who has already read this book, who would like to … Continue reading

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Chris Longley’s reaction to the damning OFSTED report of 2009!

SHAUN WRIGHT – THE DAMNING OFSTED REPORT OF 2009! Posted on June 19, 2012 by rothpol Dear Rothpol Thank you for this entry, and for the fact that it has resurfaced today. To my shame I had not realised these … Continue reading

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Private Eye 1341 – Wrights’ taught a lesson in democracy!

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Private Eye 1341 has some interesting stories, this one especially caught my eye: . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . And a lesson in humility, … Continue reading

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Fiddling While Rome Burns? A Response From Gillian Radcliffe

Too good to miss, originally left as a comment: “I welcome the advice on the RMBC website as a tiny, tiny step in the right direction. But what a disgrace that it took so long, was issued so grudgingly (only … Continue reading

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The Star – Police vow to tackle child exploitation

Police vow to tackle child exploitation Police chiefs awarded £500,000 a year to crackdown on the sexual exploitation of children hope to have 11 new positions filled by the summer. The recruitment drive for 10 specialist police officers and an … Continue reading

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2400 victims and still counting!

The Daily Telegraph is right up to the minute with the CSE story: Thousands of child sex abuse victims, says minister More than 2,400 children and young people were confirmed to have been victims of sex abuse gangs in just … Continue reading

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The attitude at the heart of the issue?

From MailOnline: Mother of Oxford grooming sex gang pair blames their VICTIMS She says schoolgirls ‘should have been playing with toys’ The mother of two members of the Oxford child sex abuse gang has blamed the schoolgirls for the ordeal … Continue reading

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Daily Mirror – Police to swoop within days

Police probe at least 54 more evil child sex grooming gangs Officers are preparing to bust the biggest paedophile network ever seen in the country, with police set to swoop within days At least 54 evil child ­grooming gangs are … Continue reading

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Do we need a Judicial Review of systemic child abuse, rape and trafficking in Rotherham?

From Chris Longley MBE A Judicial Review of systemic child abuse, rape and trafficking in Rotherham? Last week I wrote to Rothpol saying that I have applied to Rotherham MBC asking for copies of the Agendas, Minutes and Reports of … Continue reading

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Andrew Norfolk Wins Orwell Prize – More Reflections

Shame on the Rotherham Council Labour Group: Busting their self deceits *This was not a victimless failure on their part*, the victims are all too real and there will new victims as a result of their inaction. *It couldn’t happen … Continue reading

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Andrew Norfolk Wins Orwell Prize

Andrew Norfolk, the Times Chief Investigative Reporter, has today won the prestigious Orwell Prize! The Orwell Prize – Winners Announced The Orwell Prize Andrew Norfolk citation Andrew Norfolk has done more than anyone else to highlight the problem of child … Continue reading

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Chris Longley MBE – Latest Information

From Chris Longley MBE Here is what I understand to be the latest information about the Home Affairs Select Committee investigation into systemic child sexual abuse, rape and trafficking. The website of the Home Affairs Committee says that their Report … Continue reading

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Fiddling While Rome Burns?

For those of you interested in Rotherham’s approach to child sexual exploitation, this page might be of interest: Child Sexual Exploitation

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No One Claimed Rotherham Was Unique In Experiencing This Problem

The internet is awash with information about the ‘Oxford Child Sexual Abuse Trial’ verdicts. This is a link to the Guardian coverage which is one of the more balanced: Oxford gang found guilty of grooming and sexually exploiting girls What … Continue reading

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60 children in Rotherham at risk of being groomed and sexually abused!

The BBC Radio Sheffield breakfast show, last week, ran a series of articles on the crime of child sexual exploitation. Using the Freedom of Information Act to obtain the information the programme makers say that last year alone 200 children … Continue reading

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Is this man for real?

Jahangir ‘Asbo’ Akhtar seems to be revealing more than a little of his true views with this tweet: The link provided points to a blog called Rotherham Bradford Politics and to this post in particular, Exposing the lies and half … Continue reading

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Andrew Norfolk wins Paul Foot Award

Andrew Norfolk of the Times has won this years Private Eye Paul Foot Award for investigative journalism for his two year investigation into the child sexual exploitation phenomenon in Rotherham and Rochdale. Thoroughly deserved! The Paul Foot Award 2012 – … Continue reading

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Rotherham councillors face Twitter ban

“COUNCILLORS are facing a ban from using social networking websites during meetings. Members of Rotherham Council have been using Twitter on their mobile phones – but there has been criticism on the practice. Opponents say it is distracting councillors from … Continue reading

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Fact or fiction?

It could be straight from the pages of a second rate work of fiction. In the Advertiser Friday 1st February 2013 cabinet member for cohesion Cllr Mahroof Hussain MBE is reported to have denied that fears of offending certain groups … Continue reading

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Sounds like Rotherham?

This from the Yorkshire Post on Ann Cryer giving evidence to the HASC. Gangs of Pakistani men were allowed to prey on vulnerable young white girls for years in Yorkshire because authorities were “terrified of being called racist”, a former … Continue reading

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Why did Labour overlook Mahroof Hussain – Further Speculation?

This is another contribution in the debate as to why Mahroof Hussain MBE was rejected by his own party for the Rotherham Constituency. The Labour Party, for quite some time now, has demonstrated a marked reluctance to present the electorate … Continue reading

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Exposing the lies and half truths on Child exploitation

Exposing the lies and half truths on Child exploitation This deeply worrying headline is doing the rounds on social media networks including Twitter, what is being suggested here? That the Rotherham child victims lied about being sexually abused? That the Social … Continue reading

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Rotherham sex grooming case makes Wikipedia

Rotherham is getting famous, spotted by Cerberus: Rotherham sex grooming case, Wikipedia.

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RMBC admits failure!

This from a statement attributed to the Deputy Leader of RMBC Cllr Jahangir Ahktar: “We have considerably strengthened arrangements in Rotherham following concerns that some licensed private hire / hackney carriage drivers were associated with suspected Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE).” … Continue reading

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Don’t make us laugh?

A comedy piece surely, from the Star? My deputy is good value for money Published on Monday 21 January 2013 09:12 I am responding to “Disgruntled Pensioner” (Star letters, 17 January instant) regarding concerns after the announcement of the appointment … Continue reading

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44 RMBC councillors still don`t care!

Reading the emerging  horrific details of the child abuse crimes  in Oxford you do have to ask why 44 RMBC have still failed to register their intent to attend child sexual exploitation awareness training? http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-oxfordshire-21059681 The three councillors from Rotherham … Continue reading →

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50 RMBC Councillors still don’t care

Another child sexual exploitation  (CSE) trial and still 50 RMBC councillors have not registered their intention to attend  CSE awareness training, and the training is free! http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-oxfordshire-21027681 Cerberus

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Another Take on Rotherham Scandals?

The Rotherham Scandal And The Ugly Face Of Progressivism What has become clear as the adoption scandal unfolds is that Rotherham is a breeding ground for Labour Party ‘progressives’ who are intent on pushing through their demographic and cultural replacement agenda. Rotherham … Continue reading →

Will Keith Vaz and the Home Affairs Select Committee get the truth?

Today at Portcullis House in the Grimond Room at 15:30, Chairman Keith Vaz and the Home Affairs Select Committee are to re-question Joyce Thacker and Martin Kimber. Their prior appearance was held to be less than satisfactory, especially after the … Continue reading →
Posted in Child Protection, Child Sexual Abuse, Common Purpose, Information, Mahroof Hussainshame!

Rotherham MBC has 63 elected members the majority Labour, the Times articles exposing the industrial scale of child sexual abuse in the Town confirmed the inadequacy of Labour councillors to deal with complex and deep rooted child abuse crimes. Using … Continue reading

Hang their heads in shame!

Rotherham MBC has 63 elected members the majority Labour, the Times articles exposing the industrial scale of child sexual abuse in the Town confirmed the inadequacy of Labour councillors to deal with complex and deep rooted child abuse crimes. Using … Continue reading

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Breaking News – Home Affairs Select Committee – Thacker & Kimber to appear

From Parliament’s website: 08 January 2013 3:30 pm Subject: Localised child grooming Witness(es): Martin Kimber, Chief Executive, Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council and Joyce Thacker, Director of Children’s Services, Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council Location: The Grimond Room, Portcullis House Committee Chair … Continue reading

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, Grooming, hidden child sex scandal, Home Affairs Select Committee, Joyce Thacker, Keith Vaz, Labour, Labour Chicanery, Labour Party, Mahroof Hussain, Mahroof Hussain MBE, Martin Kimber |9 Comments

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