Child Sexual Exploitation in Rotherham 2014

Links to every post to do with CSE in 2014:

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New blow for May’s sex abuse probe

New blow for May’s sex abuse probe as Diana inquest QC agrees to lead rival investigation because of government’s ‘serious shortcomings’ New investigation established to look into historic child abuse claims It is to run in competition with the Home … Continue reading

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Lack of information, another failure for RMBC?

I am grateful to Mark Morris the Senior Press Officer for the Liberal Democrat London Assembly Group, sent me this that has relevance to Rotherham and our ‘looked after children’. He explains his findings thus: It is very poor that … Continue reading

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Some Sunday News 21 Dec 2014

The Observer: Theresa May scraps panel for inquiry into child sex abuse, report says Panel members have angrily accused home secretary of ignoring the majority of abuse survivors with latest move, according to Exaro News http://www.exaronews.com/articles/5438/theresa-may-to-scrap-panel-for-inquiry-into-child-sex-abuse#.VJaha58RprA.twitter http://www.theguardian.com/global/2014/dec/21/theresa-may-child-sex-abuse-inquiry-panel-scrapped Ukip tells members … Continue reading

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Lesson of the week?

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The new reality, seems not yet to have percolated into the minds of Rotherham’s Private Hire Taxi Trade, or their Drivers, it would appear? A few facts to start us off: The Alexis Jay Report unequivocally placed the Taxi Trade … Continue reading

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More Christmas Presents

Regular Readers interesting links for today: 1. RMBC Councillor Doyle in the news: Councillor slated for wasting public money on ‘unnecessary’ licensing hearing By Ellie Bothwell, 19-Dec-2014 A licensing consultant and publican have accused a Rotherham councillor of wasting public … Continue reading

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Operation Stovewood – Police launch new child sex abuse investigation

Police launch new child sex abuse investigation A MAJOR incident room will be set up as part of a multi-million pound independent investigation into child sex exploitation in Rotherham launched this week by the National Crime Agency. The Operation Stovewood … Continue reading

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The Star – South Yorkshire Police chief promises ‘full support’ for new Rotherham abuse investigation

South Yorkshire Police chief promises ‘full support’ for new Rotherham abuse investigation South Yorkshire Police will provide ‘full support’ to the National Crime Agency’s new independent investigation into Rotherham sex abusers, chief constable David Crompton has said. Mr Crompton, who … Continue reading

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‘It’s the most difficult job in Britain’

Incoming Rotherham children’s chief: ‘It’s the most difficult job in Britain’ Ian Thomas vows to deal with the ‘toxic’ mess of Rotherham children’s services as he takes over following the sexual abuse scandal http://www.theguardian.com/society/2014/dec/17/ian-thomas-rotherham-childrens-services-sexual-abuse-difficult-job?CMP=share_btn_tw&commentpage=1

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A Straw Man?

Too good to miss? This straw man comment from Billings is rather suspicious “Dr Alan Billings, South Yorkshire police and crime commissioner, said: “The campaign understands CSE isn’t just gangs and grooming and trafficking. ” http://www.thestar.co.uk/news/child-sex-abuse-not-just-gangs-and-grooming-warns-pcc-at-launch-of-spot-the-signs-campaign-1-6971943 Well we know it … Continue reading

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Preventing efforts to stop CSE

I think we have to be careful using terms like mob rule…elected officials have the right to determine local by-laws, but in a democracy citizens have a right to protest and demonstrate – legally. There is a bigger question around … Continue reading

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Mob Rule?

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Yesterdays outrageous scenes outside the Town Hall were followed by more at Riverside House: Readers may not wish to miss this insight into the mindset behind this kind of outrageous behaviour that has no place in a democracy: Time to … Continue reading

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Lunchtime Town Hall Protest

Reports are coming in of an impromptu Lunchtime Town Hall Protest by Taxi Drivers! They are reported to be unhappy with the new arrangements for the licensing of Companies and Drivers, together with new standards for vehicles. The old ‘system’ … Continue reading

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Jahangir Akhtar – Another indicator of mindset?

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My attention has been drawn to Jahangir Akhtar’s twitter feed once more. After all he knows British Muslim Youth and South Yorkshire Muslim Forum are just stunts to court publicity. Following Mahroof Hussain’s MO in that the creation of deceptive … Continue reading

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Daily Mirror – Girl, 13, told ‘your rape complaint will spoil the police doctor’s Sunday lunch’

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Girl, 13, told ‘your rape complaint will spoil the police doctor’s Sunday lunch’ Dec 10, 2014 22:30 By Lucy Thornton The teenager was allegedly attacked in scandal-hit Rotherham and told her mother when she was drunk Read on: http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/girl-13-told-your-rape-4786203

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Women Against Child Sexual Exploitation – Not All It Seems?

Got this through twitter, just thought it might interest at least some reader? David Humphreys with Naz Shah and Councillor Ralph Berry Press release for immediate use Wednesday, December 10 Jailed criminal organises conference against child sexual exploitation A conference … Continue reading

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Jahangir Akhtar – Losing It?

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Jahangir Akhtar is showing signs of distress, if this threat is anything to go by? Wonder who he is threatening here? Jahangir was doomed, from the moment this Report was published! Click on image to download/read:

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News Tuesday 9 December 2014

Ukip star woman candidate quits over sex harassment claims http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/politics/ukip/11281498/Ukip-star-woman-candidate-quits-over-sex-harassment-claims.html Ukip’s leading lady quits over claim she was sexually harassed by party’s general secretary who ‘propositioned her over dinner’ http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2866031/Former-Ukip-general-secretary-suspended-party-amid-misconduct-allegations-selection-candidates-MPs.html Ukip general secretary Roger Bird suspended over sex harassment claim … Continue reading

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Taxi licensing consultation – Radio Sheffield Discussion

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The subject under discussion on BBC Radio Sheffield on the Eastern Air programme tonight, is the Licensing of the Taxi Trade in Rotherham. A senior officer responsible for licensing will be on air providing explanations and answering questions. Wonder if … Continue reading

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CSE Inquiry Faces Fresh Woes – Late Breaking News

Theresa May’s child sexual abuse inquiry faces new storm Two members of panel face calls to resign after being accused of sending threatening or insulting letters to victims who criticised inquiry http://www.theguardian.com/society/2014/dec/06/theresa-may-child-sexual-abuse-inquiry-panel-accused-victims-letters Spotted for us by Regular Reader.

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News Friday 5 December 2014

Rotherham Council begins recruitment for new chief exec http://www.rothbiz.co.uk/2014/12/news-4902-rotherham-council-begins.html Child sex abuse inquiry in crisis as victims walk away http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/crime/11274087/Child-sex-abuse-inquiry-in-crisis-as-victims-walk-away.html Tory peer blames Muslims for decline of pub industry http://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/food-and-drink/news/tory-peer-blames-muslims-for-decline-of-pub-industry-9904094.html RR From the Star Council faces £4m overspend as more … Continue reading

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Some Missing Files Found?

Today’s Radio 4 PM program at 5PM – and quite unmissable half way at 17:30. http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b04sxzqv Link provided by RR, thanks.

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Reflections on recent news

The Andrew Norfolk article submission to Leveson Inquiry is included here: http://webarchive.nationalarchives.gov.uk/20140122145147/http:/www.levesoninquiry.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2012/10/Exhibit-RC12-to-Fifth-Witness-Statement-of-Richard-Caseby.pdf . The link to it is  earlier in this same pdf – on page 3. I’ve extracted it as webarchive.nationalarchi…t-of-Richard-CasebyPage3 – Copy.pdf I’ve extracted the submission  as webarchive.nationalarchi…t-of-Richard-Caseby.pdf What … Continue reading

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News Thursday 4 December 2014

If you have access to the Times on-line the link may well be of interest. http://www.thetimes.co.uk/tto/opinion/thunderer/article4286552.ece I see that some of your commentators will post the relevant articles form the Times, it may well add context to the lack of … Continue reading

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News Wednesday 3 December 2014 Dodson Charged Edition!

From the Star: Martin Kimber leaves Rotherham Council early with £26,000 payment – and child abuse internal investigation uncompleted Rotherham Council chief executive Martin Kimber has been paid £26,000 to leave the authority two months early – with his investigation … Continue reading

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Tiser Editor “not ashamed” of scandal coverage

The weekly editor whose paper was scooped by the nationals over the Rotherham child abuse scandal has defended its coverage of the story. Andrew Mosley, editor of the Rotherham Advertiser, took part in a panel discussion today with the journalist … Continue reading

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Not with a bang, but a whimper

Roger Stones illustrious political career has come to a halt. He has now stood down as a Councillor! Presumably too late for a by-election though? The weight of the Jay Report has claimed another. But quietly with no fanfare. Rotherham … Continue reading

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Inside the Home for Sexually Abused Girls

It is rare to be allowed inside a children’s home to talk to sexual abuse victims. They have been let down by adults they trust, so why should they trust anyone else? Cordelia Lynch reports. ‘We had been granted a … Continue reading

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Unity Centre Meeting – Video Broadcast

BBC Radio Sheffield has brought key figures from the community together for a public debate about how the town moves on. Video of the meeting held at the Unity Centre – Sunday 23rd November 2014. http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p02ct2r4 rothperson

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The Bishop of Sheffield on The Rotherham Abuse Scandal

The Bishop of Sheffield delivers the first part of his Presidential Address to Synod reflecting on the Jay Report in Rotherham. The Christian Church has been almost silent on the scandal so far. Judging by this – maybe they should … Continue reading

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Rotherham Standing Together.

Rotherham Standing Together. “We owe the survivors of child sexual exploitation nothing less than our pledge to do everything we can to better protect young people in the future.” Standing together Show your support – display the sticker Stronger together … Continue reading

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Tip of the Iceberg – Reflections

“It is the tip of the iceberg and the issue is one that many still do not like to talk about. And then most only want to talk about ‘the others’ not the responsibility of concerning CSE in their own … Continue reading

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BBC Asian Network – Yorkshire Muslim girl speaks of grooming ordeal

Yorkshire Muslim girl speaks of grooming ordeal By Shabnam Mahmood A report has lifted the lid on the sexual exploitation of at least 1,400 children in Rotherham between 1997 and 2013, by gangs of men who were predominantly of Pakistani … Continue reading

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What’s going on here?

Interesting Telegraph link BBC collusion with SYP in the raid on Sir Cliff Richard’s home http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/crime/11248832/Sir-Cliff-Richard-How-BBC-worked-with-police-before-and-after-controversial-raid.html Obviously the raid was just prior to the publication of the Jay Report so SYP’s diversionary motivation is blindingly obvious; but why would the … Continue reading

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What’s going on here?

Interesting Telegraph link BBC collusion with SYP in the raid on Sir Cliff Richard’s home http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/crime/11248832/Sir-Cliff-Richard-How-BBC-worked-with-police-before-and-after-controversial-raid.html Obviously the raid was just prior to the publication of the Jay Report so SYP’s diversionary motivation is blindingly obvious; but why would the … Continue reading

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Abuse claims ‘tip of iceberg’ – May

The BBC are carrying this important development: Abuse claims ‘tip of iceberg’ – May Claims of historic sexual abuse that have emerged are the “tip of the iceberg”, Home Secretary Theresa May says

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Remember when we were told, CSE was a myth?

Not long after the first rumblings of the enormous problem Rotherham has, a blog by the name of Roth Brad Politics came into existence. On the 23 January 2013 this post appeared. It gives many clues as to the arguments … Continue reading

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Breaking News – Two Arrests! Now three!

Police arrest two men over historical cases of sex abuse in Rotherham Two men have been arrested as part of an investigation into historical allegations of child sexual exploitation in Rotherham. http://www.thestar.co.uk/news/crime/police-arrest-two-men-over-historical-cases-of-sex-abuse-in-rotherham-1-6962885 and… http://www.hulldailymail.co.uk/men-arrested-Goole-Rotherham-child-sex/story-24571423-detail/story.html and…. Three arrested over Rotherham child … Continue reading

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Breaking News – Ofsted Report Published

Ofsted brand’s Rotherham’s childrens services ‘inadequate’ in new report http://www.thestar.co.uk/news/crime/ofsted-brand-s-rotherham-s-childrens-services-inadequate-in-new-report-1-6960311 The actual Ofsted report is here: http://www.ofsted.gov.uk/sites/default/files/documents/local_authority_reports/rotherham/053_Single%20inspection%20of%20LA%20children%27s%20services%20and%20review%20of%20the%20LSCB%20as%20pdf.pdf RR

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Meeting Toby Foster & Sarah Champion

There is a meeting Sunday next 2pm on the topic of Child Sexual Exploitation – I believe it will be “hosted” by BBC Sheffield – Toby Foster with Sarah Champion. Venue – The Unity Centre Rotherham – if you intend … Continue reading

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News Round-Up Tuesday 18 November

They must be joking! Stewart Lee: The Imaginary Liberal Comedy Cabal will crush the Ukips into dust http://www.theguardian.com/culture/2014/nov/05/stewart-lee-the-imaginary-liberal-comedy-cabal-will-crush-the-ukips-into-dust Right tactic, wrong target: Tories can’t beat Reckless with carpet bagging claims http://theconversation.com/right-tactic-wrong-target-tories-cant-beat-reckless-with-carpet-bagging-claims-34314 South Yorkshire’s blue light services working together more http://www.thestar.co.uk/news/south-yorkshire-s-blue-light-services-working-together-more-1-6956768Continue reading

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The Communities and Local Government Committee – Report Published

The Communities and Local Government Committee will publish its Third Report of Session 2014-15, Child sexual exploitation in Rotherham: some issues for local government (HC 648), on Tuesday 18 November at 00.01am. 3rd Report – Child sexual exploitation in Rotherham: … Continue reading

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Another Report – “Easy Meat” – Multiculturalism, Islam and Child Sex Slavery

A 333 Page Report From The Law And Freedom Foundation We recognise that this report covers a complex area, and that some of its conclusions rely on extrapolations. We are confident that there are many professionals in the UK who … Continue reading

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Rotherham’s Panto Season

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Grateful to whoever sent me this by post. Fair made Rothpol chuckle, sure it will amuse you too:

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A Motley Monday Press with some we may have missed earlier.

99 per cent of taxi driver complaints ‘end in stalemate’ says Sheffield Council officer http://www.thestar.co.uk/news/99-per-cent-of-taxi-driver-complaints-end-in-stalemate-says-sheffield-council-officer-1-6953226 Eurosceptic and male? Join the Peter Party! Fewer than 10% of those Ukip’s 2015 candidate list are female. http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/eurosceptic-and-male-join-the-peter-party-9863483.html Anger and apathy in the glory … Continue reading

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Press Sunday 16 November

Six staff sacked in Rotherham over incidents which risked harming children http://www.thestar.co.uk/news/six-staff-sacked-in-rotherham-over-incidents-which-risked-harming-children-1-6955212#comments-area Investigation launched in Worcestershire amid fears Rotherham child abuse scandal is widespread “Cllr Bridle said: “I recently met a councillor in Rotherham who told me about the appalling … Continue reading

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News Friday 14 Nov 2014

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Our round up of the news starts today with this interesting piece in the Star. There is more to this than meets the eye? Asian child sex abuse victims ‘yet to speak out’ due to cultural issues, says British Muslim … Continue reading

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The Jay Report – A 3 Part Critique

The report’s good, but not that good, and shouldn’t be taken as gospel. Part 1: “it’s all about race; it’s not all about race; it’s all about leadership; it’s all about reporting.  Whatever your agenda is, you’ll find something in … Continue reading

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Rotherham’s new children’s director promises ‘sense of urgency’ – interview.

Breaking News: http://www.lgcplus.com/briefings/services/childrens-services/rotherhams-new-childrens-director-promises-sense-of-urgency/5076650.article?blocktitle=Latest-Local-Government-News&contentID=2249 Note final para: “Ofsted chief inspector Sir Michael Wilshaw wrote to education secretary Nicky Morgan last month to warn of a “widespread and serious failure” to protect children in the town. A full Ofsted report on Rotherham’s … Continue reading

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Sarah says “never again”

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Regular Reader spotted this in Progress:

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News Wednesday 12 Nov 2014

Latest misery for Ed: – CON 32%(+2), LAB 29%(-4), LDEM 9%(+1), UKIP 14%(-2), GRN 7%. This is probably the most sensible. http://ukpollingreport.co.uk/blog/archives/9061 ES version  Blow for Ed Miliband as poll reveals just 13 per cent think he could be prime minister http://www.standard.co.uk/news/politics/blow-for-ed-miliband-as-poll-reveals-just-13-per-cent-think-he-could-be-pm-9855880.htmlContinue reading

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Comments On Labour’s Failure In Rotherham

LP Central would never willingly have held an inquiry into their Rotherham Constituencies, if that’s what we have. Despite mounting evidence from such as the report of Keith Vaz’s Home Affairs Committee, the Andrew Norfolk articles and a number of … Continue reading

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The suspensions that never were?

In the wake of the publication of Prof Alexis Jay’s report, Labour announced the suspension of four members in Rotherham. Fine words were spoken: “We’ve acted as we can to have the accountability and transparency we need in Rotherham. We … Continue reading

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News Tuesday 11 Nov 2014

Star follows up on Sundays’ BBC2 Police under Pressure Sex Crime- with trial and verdict news. “Documentary reveals how grooming gang exploited Sheffield runaway” http://www.thestar.co.uk/news/local/documentary-reveals-how-grooming-gang-exploited-sheffield-runaway-1-6943389 Program still available on iPlayer: http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b04plc7h/police-under-pressure-3-sex-crime Yorkshire Post comment on last night’s Inside Out “Rotherham … Continue reading

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Another Don’t Miss!

BBC 1 Yorkshire Inside Out — at 7:30 tonight Monday 10 November.). Toby Foster presents Inside Out Yorkshire and Lincolnshire when he investigates claims that South Yorkshire police officers in Rotherham tried to stop children making allegations of sexual assault. … Continue reading

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Ged Fitzgerald – Honest Answers?

Statement from Mayor Joe Anderson Following the invitation from the Chief Executive to meet with myself and the other Group leaders to give us the opportunity to raise any issues about his time as Chief Executive at Rotherham, a meeting … Continue reading

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Press – Sunday 9 Nov 2014

Shocking hotel footage captures moment girl aged 13 is lured into room to be raped by paedophile The sickening footage, part of a grooming investigation which led to five men being jailed for a total of 27 years, will feature … Continue reading

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Must Watch – Sex Crime – 12 Months With SYP

Police Under Pressure – 9pm Sunday 9th November – BBC2 http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b04plc7h In August 2014, the Jay Report into the sexual exploitation of children in Rotherham singled out South Yorkshire Police for its failure to act. This programme was filmed before … Continue reading

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Press – Saturday 8 Nov 2014

Four arrested over ‘vigilante action’ after 13-year-old girl is sexually assaulted near Rotherham http://www.thestar.co.uk/news/local/four-arrested-over-vigilante-action-after-13-year-old-girl-is-sexually-assaulted-near-rotherham-1-6941962 South Yorkshire police chief wants to share buildings to save cash http://www.thestar.co.uk/news/crime/south-yorkshire-police-chief-wants-to-share-buildings-to-save-cash-1-6938205 Diversity crisis in top ranks of region’s police forces exposed http://www.yorkshirepost.co.uk/news/main-topics/general-news/diversity-crisis-in-top-ranks-of-region-s-police-forces-exposed-1-6941352 New Radicals 2014 … Continue reading

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New Director of Children’s Services

New Director of Children’s Services (interim – starting January 2015). http://www.rotherham.gov.uk/news/article/303/new_director_of_childrens_services http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-south-yorkshire-29948008 http://www.derbytelegraph.co.uk/NEW-JOB-Derbyshire-s-head-children-services-join/story-24286755-detail/story.html and the good old Star – Why can’t they get a more appropriate picture to head this piece up? http://www.thestar.co.uk/news/local/derbyshire-council-children-s-boss-to-take-over-joyce-thacker-s-job-in-rotherham-1-6939042 RR And this from LGCPlus: http://www.lgcplus.com/briefings/services/childrens-services/rotherham-appoints-new-childrens-director/5076515.article?blocktitle=Latest-Local-Government-News&contentID=2249 rothperson … Continue reading

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Star – Shame ‘keeping Asian girls in Rotherham silent on abuse’

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Jasmin’s Story – Asian Female Victim of Sexual Exploitation

This is a story of an Asian girl who was a victim of child sexual exploitation and is based on real life experiences taken from Muslim Women’s Network UK’s research, Unheard Voices: Sexual Exploitation of Asian Girls and Young Women. … Continue reading

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In a democracy there is nowhere to hide!

When a person enters ‘public life’, by achieving elected office, they give up a great deal of privacy. The higher one goes, the more this applies. One of their duties, is to allow themselves to be held accountable by the … Continue reading

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Women Against Rape – Questions

Child Rape in Rotherham: Questions rape survivors, parents and the general public want answers to. WAR was founded in 1976. It has won changes in the law, such as making rape in marriage a crime, set legal precedents and achieved … Continue reading

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Ed Miliband – the Albatrosses hanging round his neck?

The current Labour Leader, has failed to convince, even his own supporters, that he is genuine Prime Minister material at the General Election next May! In South Yorkshire the sense of abandonment by Labour, is palpable amongst the citizens of … Continue reading

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BBC – Just Culture

Just Culture Margaret Heffernan explores why big organisations so often make big mistakes – and asks if the cure could be the aviation industry’s model of a “just culture”. In the past ten years, there have been a string of … Continue reading

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Right on the button!

This below was left as a comment, just at the time I was giving some thought to what can be learned from recent events. I couldn’t have put it better myself: What is becoming clear is that certain individuals/groups would … Continue reading

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Are Labour about to tell us the problem is fixed? Again!

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Right on cue, this group were available for a photo opportunity with a message. Rotherham’s citizens should be alarmed at this development, as it is pert of the strategy to convince voters that they can and will, fix our problems. … Continue reading

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Press – 3 Nov 2014

The Scum return: http://www.thestar.co.uk/news/local/businesses-unhappy-as-edl-plan-new-rotherham-march-at-weekend-1-6931375#comments-area Rotherham can become a beacon of Muslim hope http://www.thestar.co.uk/news/rotherham-can-become-a-beacon-of-muslim-hope-1-6930332 (An old Mubeen puff-piece, first “featured” in the ‘tizer about a month ago – as I seem to remember). Eleven children reported missing in South Yorkshire – … Continue reading

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Press – 2 Nov 2014

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Saturday Press 1 Nov 2014

If readers spot something that should be highlighted here please leave the link in a comment please. Rothpol Rik. From the Star: Fiona Woolf quits as head of national inquiry into historic child sex abuse cases The chairwoman of a … Continue reading

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Bullying culture at RMBC

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Dear Rothpol Readers post. Was this an attempted entrapment? If not I would be grateful for contact from the source. Rothpol. Disputed contents removed, to allow consideration and for the reasons stated below. A clear case of intimidation is beginning … Continue reading

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Today’s Times leader

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Thanks again to Regular Reader for this scan.

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Andrew Norfolk – Interview by Sikh Awareness Society

Published on 21 Nov 2012 Cutting edge report with leading UK Journalist Andrew Norfolk and the Sikh Awareness Society on sexual grooming gangs in Britain. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WbUIfvYbjRc rothperson

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Press Round-Up 29 Oct 2014

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Leader : http://www.thetimes.co.uk/tto/opinion/leaders/article4250845.ece http://www.thetimes.co.uk/tto/news/uk/crime/article4251036.ece http://www.thetimes.co.uk/tto/news/uk/crime/article4251029.ece http://www.thetimes.co.uk/tto/news/uk/crime/article4250985.ece Click on images to enlarge: __________ only other story is about Manchester http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-manchester-29814588 (and that will not be properly out until this afternoon when Ann Coffee presents the report.) Regular Reader From the Star: Half … Continue reading

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Star – 3 brothers story

As is all too often the case, the Star gets it only part right. In fact, Jay refers to four men from one family, responsible for 54 victims. Three or more of these may be brothers, but whatever, they are … Continue reading

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One not to be missed? BBC Radio 4 – The Last Taboo?

On BBC Radio 4 tonight at 20:00 The Last Taboo? File on 4 As inquiries into child abuse in Rotherham continue, File on 4 investigates claims of a hidden problem of sexual abuse within Britain’s Asian communities. While the victims … Continue reading

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Press 28 Oct 2014

Old Labour jailbird Denis MacShane causes division in Ukip: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/politics/11190759/Old-Labour-jailbird-Denis-MacShane-causes-division-in-Ukip.html Three brothers ‘abused 54 girls in Rotherham – but remain at large’ http://www.thestar.co.uk/news/local/three-brothers-abused-54-girls-in-rotherham-but-remain-at-large-1-6920141 DAVID BLUNKETT: Yes, specific parts of Britain are being ‘swamped’ by migrants – and we politicians must … Continue reading

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UKIP’s Poster Campaign Launch

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These photos show the UKIP poster campaign launch at Parkgate recently. One with the kippers on parade and one without, interested to hear from readers of their reactions. Not just the Labour apologists, please. http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/millionaire-donor-paul-sykes-gives-ukip-15m-in-bid-to-win-100-seats-in-parliament-9819415.html From the Elections Files: UKIP … Continue reading

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Around the Press 27 Oct 2014

Starting us off this Monday a few press articles. Should reader see something we have missed then let us know, thanks Rik. From the Star: Jay report could be tip of iceberg when it comes to child abuse – special … Continue reading

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SY Police Not Doing Enough – Tensions Rise

‘Thirty abusers still walking the streets’ claims victims’ solicitor David Greenwood represents 29 victims and insists South Yorkshire detectives have enough evidence to make arrests. Daily Mirror: http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/rotherham-child-grooming-scandal-thirty-4508754 Also: Rotherham child grooming scandal is ‘tearing town apart with racial tension’ … Continue reading

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Was BBC Look North conned?

The stills of the main players featured in the recent BBC Look North broadcast: Readers help requested We are particularly interested in establishing any links between those featured above, and any relationships they may have to any serving Councillor?

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Labour Party – No action for two full months!

It is now two months, since Prof Jay’s damning report into the past failures in Rotherham was published. The continuing problems she exposed afflict our Town, even today and go unrecognised and unpunished. There is still much to learn from … Continue reading

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Suddenly Shy? Is Mahroof on ‘borrowed time’?

The list of questions for Mahroof Hussain grows ever longer. For a politician Mahroof, has suddenly become extraordinarily coy, when it comes to answering any questions at all, no matter who asks them. It is becoming evident that political cowardice, … Continue reading

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SY Police Not Doing Enough – Tensions Rise

‘Thirty abusers still walking the streets’ claims victims’ solicitor David Greenwood represents 29 victims and insists South Yorkshire detectives have enough evidence to make arrests. Daily Mirror: http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/rotherham-child-grooming-scandal-thirty-4508754 Also: Rotherham child grooming scandal is ‘tearing town apart with racial tension’ … Continue reading

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Was BBC Look North conned?

The stills of the main players featured in the recent BBC Look North broadcast: Readers help requested We are particularly interested in establishing any links between those featured above, and any relationships they may have to any serving Councillor?

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Labour Party – No action for two full months!

It is now two months, since Prof Jay’s damning report into the past failures in Rotherham was published. The continuing problems she exposed afflict our Town, even today and go unrecognised and unpunished. There is still much to learn from … Continue reading

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Suddenly Shy? Is Mahroof on ‘borrowed time’?

The list of questions for Mahroof Hussain grows ever longer. For a politician Mahroof, has suddenly become extraordinarily coy, when it comes to answering any questions at all, no matter who asks them. It is becoming evident that political cowardice, … Continue reading

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Concerns ignored by Home Office

ROTHERHAM’s horrific abuse concerns were raised with the Home Office and the town’s MP but never acted on, The Yorkshire Post can reveal. http://www.yorkshirepost.co.uk/news/main-topics/general-news/exclusive-mp-and-home-office-failed-to-act-on-rotherham-grooming-11-years-ago-1-6913834 …in 2009 they wrote to Denis MacShane with a five page letter detailing abuse concerns made … Continue reading

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News and Shorts 24 Oct 2014

Exclusive: MP and Home Office failed to act on Rotherham grooming 11 years ago http://www.yorkshirepost.co.uk/news/main-topics/general-news/exclusive-mp-and-home-office-failed-to-act-on-rotherham-grooming-11-years-ago-1-6913834 The article refers to the submission by PACE to the Home Office Select Committee, here: http://data.parliament.uk/writtenevidence/committeeevidence.svc/evidencedocument/home-affairs-committee/child-sexual-exploitation-and-the-response-to-localised-grooming-followup/written/14272.html Other written evidence can be found here: http://www.parliament.uk/business/committees/committees-a-z/commons-select/home-affairs-committee/inquiries/parliament-2010/localised-grooming-follow-up/?type=Written#pnlPublicationFilter

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The Star – Rotherham child abuse case police officers face inquiry

The Star – Rotherham child abuse case police officers face inquiry Fourteen South Yorkshire police officers face investigation after a report criticised the force for its handling of child sexual exploitation (CSE) investigations in Rotherham. The officers have been referred … Continue reading

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A Readers Tale

4 weeks ago I was on my way home from my business heading up Wellgate towards Clifton roundabout about 6.00pm, a black car pulled up and 3 Asian men got out leaving the driver inside, out of the rear drivers … Continue reading

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Star – Former South Yorkshire police commissioner Shaun Wright ‘likely to face criminal investigation’

Former South Yorkshire police commissioner Shaun Wright ‘likely to face criminal investigation’ Former police commissioner Shaun Wright is ‘likely’ to face a criminal investigation in the wake of the explosive Jay Report – along with other former and current Rotherham … Continue reading

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Yet more questions for Mahroof

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The next series of questions relate to the same source, Denis MacShane’s book, Prison Diaries. Were you present at this meeting? What was your view? . . . . . . . . . . . A couple of other … Continue reading

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News and Shorts 22 Oct 2014

Liverpool chief executive Ged Fitzgerald’s Rotherham child sex abuse scandal questioning to be boycotted by opposition leaders: http://www.liverpoolecho.co.uk/news/liverpool-news/liverpool-chief-executive-ged-fitzgeralds-7976534 The Guardian on reactions amongst Taxi firm in Rochdale: http://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2014/oct/21/rochdale-taxi-firm-white-drivers-on-request

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Stop Press: Child Sexual Abuse Inquiry – Website now live

Child Sexual Abuse Inquiry: https://childsexualabuseinquiry.independent.gov.uk/

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Anti Fascist Network Demo

Soap Dodgers On Parade ! Leeds Anti-Fascist Network will be staging a demonstration in Rotherham on Saturday 25th October. Allegedly, against child abuse and the far-right’s response to it. Unlikely to be anything like the scale of the recent EDL, … Continue reading

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Home Affairs Committee to meet over child sexual exploitation – Live at 14:45

Click this link at or after 14:45 to watch live. Home Affairs Committee to meet over child sexual exploitation The Home Affairs Committee has called for “greater transparency” after finding “compelling evidence” numerous complaints of abuse of children in Rotherham … Continue reading

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Press – and what’s on the tele.

The Star – New Fiona Woolf child abuse inquiry ‘may examine stolen Rotherham abuse files issue’ http://www.thestar.co.uk/news/local/new-fiona-woolf-child-abuse-inquiry-may-examine-stolen-rotherham-abuse-files-issue-1-6906380 The Article says: “The Home Office has said the terms of reference for the independent inquiry chaired by lawyer and Lord Mayor of London … Continue reading

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More questions for Mahroof

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Mahroof Hussain has so far avoided answering any of the questions put to him by readers, by adopting the ‘Ostrich position’. There are many questions that flow from the pages of Denis MacShane’s latest book that Mahroof will be forced … Continue reading

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The Devil is in the detail

As is often the case with Parliamentary Select Committee reports, in order to understand, it is necessary to study the detailed evidence supplied to the committee in addition, to the overall report, which is little more than an attempt at … Continue reading

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Cabinet Webcast last Wednesday

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In all the excitement last week, I quite forgot about the Cabinet webcast. Click on image below to watch it yourself:

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Straight from the horses mouth

We now have it straight from the horses mouth as it were. At the cabinet meeting of Rotherham Borough Council 15 October, I asked what were the duties of cabinet member’s senior advisers and advisers. The leader, councillor Lakin, stated … Continue reading

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Ukip PCC By-Election Candidate

Jack Clarkson’s campaign website: http://www.jackclarkson.org/ Jack Clarkson, news of a meeting. Click on image to read/download election leaflet as a .pdf:

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Some Star stories 18 Oct 2014

Joyce Thacker gets £40,000 pay-off from Rotherham Council http://www.thestar.co.uk/news/local/exclusive-shamed-joyce-thacker-gets-40-000-pay-off-from-rotherham-council-following-child-sexual-exploitation-scandal-1-6903007 Former crime commissioner Shaun Wright unable to back up claim of 100 messages of support http://www.thestar.co.uk/news/local/former-crime-commissioner-shaun-wright-unable-to-back-up-claim-of-100-messages-of-support-1-6902966 Call to investigate suspected Rotherham ‘cover-up’ after key child abuse files stolen http://www.thestar.co.uk/news/local/call-to-investigate-suspected-rotherham-cover-up-after-key-child-abuse-files-stolen-1-6903013

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Some serious Questions, Again for Labour.

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Some serious Questions, Again for Labour. Labour’s Candidate Literature for South Yorkshire PCC. Alan Billings, yet again on the leaflet it states the lies about UKIP and the NHS (middle of page on image 2.) A little more on Mr … Continue reading

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Ged Knew. But What Did Ged Do?

Ged Knew.  But What Did Ged Do? Ged Fitzgerald allegedly warned child sex abuse inquiry was ‘being obstructed by his officials’ while in charge at Rotherham Liverpool Echo: http://www.liverpoolecho.co.uk/news/liverpool-news/liverpool-council-chief-ged-fitzgerald-7955864 Liverpool social workers call for Ged Fitzgerald to resign or be … Continue reading

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Home Affairs Committee – Sixth Report Child sexual exploitation and the response to localised grooming: follow-up

Download/read a copy of the report as a .pdf,click here. Don’t miss this important Evidence from the report Readers attention is drawn to this important evidence you may have missed? Paul Lakin’s response: http://www.rotherham.gov.uk/news/article/282/statement_from_cllr_paul_lakin_leader_of_the_council Press Comment Rotherham abuse scandal: MPs … Continue reading

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Another ‘booby trap’ or two – from MacShane?

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Rothpol Rik’s attention has been drawn, to these extracts from Denis MacShane’s latest book called, predictably enough, Prison Diaries. Thanks to Google books, you may see it as well:

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News and Shorts 17th Oct 2014

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More news from Regular Reader: http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/crime/childrens-charity-barnardos-told-teenager-she-could-have-avoided-sexual-assault-9798104.html http://news.sky.com/story/1353924/barnardos-accused-of-blaming-victim-for-abuse More Initiative from Sarah Champion http://www.thestar.co.uk/news/local/rotherham-mp-calls-for-more-prosecutions-of-child-groomers-at-early-stage-1-6900831 “Now is the winter of our discontent”. Rotherham’s Shakespeare Festival has its funds cut http://www.thestage.co.uk/opinion/education-training/2014/10/rotherham-shakespeare-festival-cuts/ Andrew Norfolk: http://www.thetimes.co.uk/tto/news/uk/crime/article4238974.ece

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Tip of the iceberg?

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The Guardian front page story of today: . . . . . . . . . . . . . From the BBC: Police chief warns of more Rotherham-style abuse cases

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Hot off the Press – UKIP ask further questions

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UKIP have been busy. This is the second of the day: Dear Rotherham Politics Attached is a Press Release issued this afternoon by UKIP Rotherham. The Press Release stems from letters Councillor Caven Vines has sent to Paul Lakin, Leader of RMBC.This … Continue reading

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UKIP Rotherham explaining our rationale for an academic led multi-agency inquiry.

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UKIP Rotherham explaining our rationale for an academic led multi-agency inquiry. Click on image for the full document as a .pdf.

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Is this good news, at last?

Jayne Senior,  former manager of Risky Business has been appointed as a specialist in child sexual exploitation (CSE), specifically to support the 1400 victims. Sarah Champion has secured the additional funding to fill the role. http://www.yorkshirepost.co.uk/news/main-topics/politics/charity-worker-who-fought-to-expose-rotherham-child-abuse-to-work-for-victims-1-6895763#.VD2ASvYXiKE.twitter http://www.itv.com/news/calendar/update/2014-10-14/risky-business-manager-appointed-as-rotherham-cse-specialist/ A quote from … Continue reading

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News and Shorts 15th Oct 2014

Regular Readers selection from the news. If readers see something, not yet posted? Be grateful if you would let us know, Rik. Sarah Champion appoints child sexual exploitation specialist Jayne Senior (who managed the Risky Business group) http://www.sarahchampionmp.com/sarah-appoints-child-sexual-exploitation-specialist-jayne-senior/ and http://www.yorkshirepost.co.uk/news/main-topics/politics/charity-worker-who-fought-to-expose-rotherham-child-abuse-to-work-for-victims-1-6895763Continue reading

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Andrew Norfolk – Bullying rife at council that ignored child abuse

Bullying rife at council that ignored child abuse Andrew Norfolk Chief Investigative Reporter The Times, October 14 2014 The former leader of Rotherham council was at the centre of a bullying and sexist culture in which it was difficult for … Continue reading

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News and Shorts 14th Oct 2014

If readers see something, not yet posted? Be grateful if you would let us know, Rik. From the Yorkshire Post: ‘Bullying’ to blame for Rotherham sex abuse crisis What to do you do in Brussels when you’re an MEP that … Continue reading

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News and Shorts 13th Oct 2014

If readers see something, not yet posted? Be grateful if you would let us know, Rik. First up today is a reflection from inside the Rotherham Labour Party: News from Rotherham Constituency Labour Party: At the conclusion of last Thursday’s … Continue reading

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Reflections from a witness to an outrage! The Photos

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It has taken a while, but now I can now bring readers the Photographic evidence of the disgraceful and outrageous scenes outside a Labour Party meeting. I am wishing to identify those involved from these pictures. They are of variable … Continue reading

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News and Shorts 12th Oct 2014

If readers see something, not yet posted? Be grateful if you would let us know, Rik. From the Star: Increase in vulnerable children being moved out of Rotherham hits council finances From the Observer: Lady Warsi: MPs must show way … Continue reading

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News and Shorts 11th Oct 2014

If readers see something, not yet posted? Be grateful if you would let us know, Rik. From the Yorkshire Post: Ukip’s election game-changer EACH of Britain’s four main political parties are facing significant leadership quandaries this weekend following an extraordinary … Continue reading

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Rotherham UKIP – Jay Report Response

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UKIP Rotherham issued this Press Release  on 8th Oct 2014. Click on image to download/read as a .pdf: Looks like UKIP are upping their game somewhat and will most likely be a huge threat to Labour next May! Rotherham Politics … Continue reading

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Paul Lakin in for a grilling and other matters

Just some media that may be interest and the notice of a Select Committee on 13th October. Rothperson. Taxi firm worker talks about grooming http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p025xlps ————————————————————————— Following the Jay Report into child sexual abuse in Rotherham, the Communities and Local … Continue reading

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News and Shorts 10th Oct 2014

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If readers see something, not yet posted? Be grateful if you would let us know, Rik. First up today from Tales from the Town Hall: From Compass: After the by-elections: the political leadership we need now From the Yorkshire Post: … Continue reading

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No ‘Teddy Bears Picnic’ this!

If you go down to the shops today, you’re in for a big surprise. But sadly that surprise is not the teddy bears picnic. In the Advertiser today is proof of what I have been hearing off many unsatisfied backbenchers … Continue reading

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Recollections from one attendee

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In response to the call for every councillor, past and present to give their account of what they knew and what they did regarding the CSE whilst in office I submit my account as follows: I was originally elected as … Continue reading

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Don’t miss – BBC Inside Out Tonight!

Been given the heads up about the Inside Out programme on BBC One tonight at 19:30. Not to be missed, I understand. To watch it on BBC iPlayer, click here. Samira Ahmed is the person responsible for the Rotherham section … Continue reading

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Dave Smith – A Response to Robin Symonds & Co

Mr Symonds always want’s to cast doubt, even if only by innuendo, on the validity of information given on this blog by genuine people who care. So let him cast doubt on this information and let the people who are … Continue reading

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Risky Business called it right, that was too inconvenient for some!

If you attended a briefing by staff from Risky Business you would have been left in no doubt what so ever on the scale of the abuse or the origins of the perpetrators. Risky Business had been working with the … Continue reading

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Press – Sunday 5th October

Britain First in Rotherham, Saturday 5 October The Star says: http://www.thestar.co.uk/news/local/britain-first-march-through-rotherham-1-6877971  with video The Police say: http://southyorks.police.uk/news-syp/rotherham-demonstration-concludes-peacefully HuffPO says:  (& a must read IMHO) http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/2014/10/04/britain-first-rotherham_n_5931666.html In other news: Alexis Jay hopes lessons are learned from Rotherham http://www.scotsman.com/news/scotland/top-stories/alexis-jay-hopes-lessons-are-learned-from-rotherham-1-3563049 Teacher warns of … Continue reading

The Star are really talking the Britain First demo up – totally irresponsible!

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A selection of the local news from Regular Reader: https://twitter.com/beauchefcharlie/status/517936470490107904 http://www.thestar.co.uk/news/local/extra-police-on-duty-in-rotherham-for-march-over-child-sex-abuse-scandal-1-6875083 compare: http://www.rotherhamadvertiser.co.uk/news/96924/saturday-demo-should-not-impact-on-town-centre.aspx and of course http://www.southyorks.police.uk/news-syp/proposed-demonstrations-rotherham-and-sheffield-weekend

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Go Healey Go!

It’s crystal clear if the Labour Party are to regain a grain of the support they have enjoyed in Rotherham over the last 40 years then they must clear the stables, starting with John Healey. He has many questions to … Continue reading

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The now notorious seminar of 5th April 2005

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Some evidence never before seen by readers. Thanks to our spotter who for the moment wishes to remain anonymous: .

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Mahroof & Family – Taking advantage of us all?

It has taken until now to decide how to cover this story, as it  involves the ‘duping’ of our local Newspaper of record, the Rotherham Advertiser, by skillful manipulators determined to mislead us all. Rothpol does not blame anyone for … Continue reading

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Press Round-Up Wednesday 1 October 2014

Regular Readers daily selection from the press and news: Another far-right group is to march through Rotherham – this time Britain First. http://www.southyorkshiretimes.co.uk/news/local/another-protest-group-to-march-through-rotherham-1-6867495 I know nothing about this blog, but it seems to know a bit about Britain First – … Continue reading

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Healey manipulates?

Reliable sources tell me that Sue Ellis and Alan Atkin who have both received letters from the Labour Party informing them they are to be investigated over the CSE issue were due to be suspended and removed from their positions … Continue reading

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Press Round-Up Tuesday 30 Sept 2014

Regular Readers selection from the press and news: http://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2014/sep/30/south-yorkshire-police-rotherham-child-abuse http://www.itv.com/news/calendar/update/2014-09-30/hm-inspectors-report-on-south-yorkshire-police/ with video http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-south-yorkshire-29415897 http://www.thestar.co.uk/news/local/south-yorkshire-police-under-fire-over-child-protection-1-6867957 http://www.thestar.co.uk/news/letters-opinion/opinion-time-to-get-it-right-1-6868434 Good interview  piece on Radio4 Today at about 7:50

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Some reading to catch up on

I am grateful to our reader, who didn’t want fellow readers to miss out on this important written statement from Eric Pickles: http://www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/cm201415/cmhansrd/cm140910/wmstext/140910m0001.htm#14091039000042 Or this Wikipedia page: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rotherham_child_sexual_exploitation_scandal

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Saggy & Sajid – Some pictures as requested

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A collection of pictures sent in over the last 24 hours, grateful to you all. Saggy, his ‘best friend’ Sajid Bostan and Sarah Champion, who may well be regretting this photo opportunity. https://twitter.com/zahir_monir/status/498797600452407297/photo/1 .

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Hold the Front Page – Advertiser response

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A Regular Reader spotted this one: .

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Guardian – Andrew Norfolk interview

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Sent this link by a friend. This is a very interesting article in the Guardian, not to be missed:

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More Duplicity on Sunday

A reader spotted this and wanted others to see it too: This consists of an apparently unwarranted attack upon Emma Hoddinott, by one of Mahroof Hussain’s most loyal foot soldiers. https://twitter.com/zahir_monir/status/516265428629618688 Known a ‘Saggy’ to his mates, Zahir Monir is … Continue reading

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News Round-Up Sunday 28 Sept 2014

Regular Readers selection from the press and news: No trouble at Stand up to UKIP match. http://www.thestar.co.uk/news/local/no-trouble-at-ukip-march-in-doncaster-1-6865543 (I hate the way that the Star stretches images. This is how that cop image started out: http://www.thestar.co.uk/webimage/1.6865542.1411890614!/image/1501958653.jpg Survation poll for the Rotherham … Continue reading

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Mahroof’s Wikipedia deception exposed!

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Wikipedia having realised that Mahroof’s entry was simply an attempt to deceive readers into thinking he is a substantial politician, have warned readers that they will be deleting his entry due to his abuse of their rules. Mahroof set his … Continue reading

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Press Round-Up Saturday 27 Sept 2014

Regular Readers selection from the press and news: The Press appears to have no coverage today on the Rotherham CSE crisis. But lots on the UKIP Conference – and its emphasis on Rotherham. The one piece possibly worth reading – … Continue reading

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Press Round-Up Saturday 27 Sept 2014

Regular Readers selection from the press and news: The Press appears to have no coverage today on the Rotherham CSE crisis. But lots on the UKIP Conference – and its emphasis on Rotherham. The one piece possibly worth reading – … Continue reading

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Openness, transparency – not in Rotherham Labour!

This thought piece, comes courtesy of someone who does not wish to be identified other than as AP, Rik’s thanks go to them. I reproduce it here because I thought readers would be interested: As a citizen for whom going … Continue reading

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Press Round-Up Friday 26 Sept 2014

Latest: http://www.thestar.co.uk/news/doncaster-child-protection-boss-caught-up-in-rotherham-sex-abuse-scandal-breaks-silence-1-6860263 Regular Reader’s selection for today, thanks: After Rotherham, councils are told to review child protection http://www.yorkshirepost.co.uk/news/main-topics/politics/after-rotherham-councils-are-told-to-review-child-protection-1-6862096 Doncaster child protection boss caught up in Rotherham sex abuse scandal breaks silence http://www.southyorkshiretimes.co.uk/news/local/doncaster-child-protection-boss-caught-up-in-rotherham-sex-abuse-scandal-breaks-silence-1-6860263 Bradford: Care home worker’s grooming concerns ‘not followed … Continue reading

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Labour’s inadequate response

On the day that marks one full month into the latest exposure of the worst scandal to afflict any Labour Council ever in the UK. This scandal will also prove to be, the most expensive ever to resolve, without a … Continue reading

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RMBC Improvement board announced

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Board membership: Independent Chair: Rob Vincent (Local Government Adviser to Public Health England, and former Chief Executive of two Yorkshire councils) Leader of Rotherham Borough Council: Cllr Paul Lakin Deputy Leader of Rotherham Borough Council: Cllr Emma Hoddinott UKIP Group … Continue reading

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Day Thirty One – News Round-Up

Regular Readers selection of the press to start us off: http://www.yorkshirepost.co.uk/news/main-topics/general-news/nearly-50-abuse-cases-still-open-in-rotherham-1-6859365 http://home.bt.com/lifestyle/motoring/motoringnews/cab-laws-could-put-youths-at-risk-11363934274748 http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/rotherham-sex-scandal-police-investigating-4317083 http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-south-yorkshire-29344540 http://www.thestar.co.uk/news/local/labour-promise-victims-law-in-wake-of-rotherham-scandal-1-6858622 News on Emma Hoddinott: http://www.hulldailymail.co.uk/Scandal-hit-Rotherham-Council-appoints-Beverley/story-22978594-detail/story.html Updates: http://www.thestar.co.uk/news/local/labour-choose-former-sheffield-parish-priest-as-south-yorkshire-pcc-candidate-1-6859125 http://www.rotherhamadvertiser.co.uk/news/96886/labour-and-ukip-name-pcc-candidates.aspx

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Why was that meeting of Boston Castle LP meeting disrupted?

Was it to stop the vote of no confidence in Mahroof and the two other Councillors? Only partly….he’d already got LP Central to ban any questions to the Councillors and any possible vote. The answer is in the paper that … Continue reading

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Day Thirty – News Round-Up

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To start this morning, is this from the Star spotted by Regular Reader: . . . . . . . . . . . . . http://www.thestar.co.uk/news/crime/ukip-to-fight-for-vacant-police-and-crime-commissioner-post-in-south-yorkshire-1-6858367 New info toward the end of the piece. “It comes as Rotherham Council … Continue reading

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Boston Castle Ward Labour Party – Entire Leadership Resigns!

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Harry Bower resigns, resignation statement: Published previously: Time to prove Saj wrong Posted on August 28, 2014 by rothpol Time for some plain speaking: Rotherham’s sexual exploitation scandal, was caused and facilitated by, strict adherence to the Pakistani clan biraderi system. … Continue reading

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Day Twenty Nine – Questions for Thacker?

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Andrew Norfolk continues exposure: Doubts over evidence of Joyce Thacker, former childcare chief at Rotherham Behind the paywall, I’m afraid. . . . . . . . . . An interesting FOI: https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/continued_cover_up_of_child_abus_3 Newspapers: http://www.thestar.co.uk/news/local/police-investigating-18-suspects-over-abuse-of-almost-300-rotherham-children-1-6854232 http://www.yorkshirepost.co.uk/news/main-topics/general-news/disgust-in-rotherham-over-anti-islam-comments-on-police-facebook-page-1-6854870 This facebook account, has … Continue reading

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Day Twenty Eight – News with a Common Purpose

A selection of News, first up a couple of references to Common Purpose: http://www.dailystar.co.uk/news/latest-news/400867/Rotherham-Council-spent-30K-training-staff-in-secretive-society http://yournewswire.com/rotherham-scandal-council-spent-30k-on-training-for-staff-in-secretive-society/ An old post that is now suddenly being read again: https://rotherhampolitics.wordpress.com/2013/01/02/common-purpose-benign-or-dangerous/ Now  a couple of Twitter links: https://twitter.com/Emma_Hoddinott/statuses/513421791759708160 https://twitter.com/SarahChampionMP/status/511245136236666880 An interesting Daily Mail piece: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2763987/Educational-video-warning-Asian-grooming-gangs-schools-seven-years-ago-hardly-used-amid-fears-appearing-racist.htmlContinue reading

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The Star – VIDEO: Muslim protest against Rotherham child abuse held ‘without incident’

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Thanks to the ever observant Regular Reader, for spotting this online report. The Star reports on Saturday’s Rotherham Demonstration. Click on image  to read in full and to watch the video, maybe the start of some objectivity at last, unless … Continue reading

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Dinnington Guardian Report

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Events at the last meeting have excited press coverage of the last meeting of Anston Parish Council. The Dinnington Guardian reports them thus: This comment from ‘the Badger’ seems appropriate to post here, to introduce this topic: I am great … Continue reading

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Has multi-culturism failed us – new model required?

The thing about these reports (links below) is to read them for yourself, and make your own mind up. Don’t let others tell you about them, or pass their own views on without you reading them yourselves. As the author … Continue reading

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Demonstration in Rotherham passes peacefully

http://www.southyorks.police.uk/news-syp/demonstration-rotherham-passes-peacefully Demonstration in Rotherham passes peacefully South Yorkshire Police would like to thank the community in Rotherham following a peaceful demonstration in the town centre today (Saturday 20 September). A group of people from the British Muslim Youth and other … Continue reading

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Why did this report cause chaos at Boston Castle Ward?

Below Rothpol publishes the document, presented as a digest of Alexis Jay’s Report,  to the recent meeting of Boston Castle Ward Labour Party. It’s contents are indeed challenging, but no more so than the Report itself. But not sufficient surely, … Continue reading

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Reflections from a witness to an outrage!

Rothpol has received this from a witness to events outside the Town Hall last night. Clearly alarmed by what she saw she felt moved to write: Outside the Town Hall: Bullying and intimidation I was walking past the town hall … Continue reading

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Day Twenty Five – News Round-Up

Newsflash: Thacker Quits!! http://www.rotherham.gov.uk/news/article/254/statement_regarding_joyce_thacker http://www.yorkshirepost.co.uk/ http://news.sky.com/story/1338825/rotherham-childrens-services-boss-steps-down http://www.thestar.co.uk/news/local/joyce-thacker-leaves-rotherham-council-by-mutual-agreement-1-6851594 First up is this selection from the news by Regular Reader: http://www.thestar.co.uk/news/local/new-pcc-vote-to-cost-1-6m-home-office-1-6849246 http://www.thestar.co.uk/news/local/shaun-wright-s-replacement-will-face-very-significant-challenges-1-6849248 http://www.thestar.co.uk/news/local/hundreds-of-muslims-to-attend-rotherham-meeting-on-abuse-scandal-1-6849244 http://www.rotherhamadvertiser.co.uk/news/96861/anston-parish-meeting-terminated-after-row.aspx http://www.yorkshirepost.co.uk/news/main-topics/general-news/now-rotherham-children-s-boss-goes-on-indefinite-sick-leave-as-shaun-wright-deputy-passed-over-1-6847899 http://www.express.co.uk/news/uk/512444/Rotherham-Council-Child-Abuse-Sick-130000

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Disarray at Rotherham Ward

Intercepted from t’internet: Just back. When I got to the meeting there were insufficient seats for the numbers there. It was packed with Asians who I had never seen before (sleepers). Before the meeting commenced, a member asked (through the … Continue reading

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Day Twenty Four – News

News Latest: There is a van going down Moor Lane South Ravenfield, with a loud speaker calling Rotherham Council Out repeatedly! From the Star: http://www.thestar.co.uk/news/local/shaun-wright-s-former-deputy-rejected-for-interim-pcc-role-1-6847873 http://www.thestar.co.uk/news/local/joyce-thacker-goes-off-work-on-sick-leave-rotherham-council-confirm-1-6847577 ————————————————————————— Healey denies Times report: http://www.politicshome.com/uk/article/104570/healey_denies_opposing_rotherham_abuse_investigation.html http://www.southyorkshire-pcc.gov.uk/News-and-Events/News-Archive/2014/Arrangements-for-the-appointment-of-an-Acting-Police-and-Crime-Commissioner.aspx https://moderngov.rotherham.gov.uk/ieListDocuments.aspx?CId=937&MId=13121&Ver=4 Odd set of candidates http://www.southyorkshire-pcc.gov.uk/About/About-Your-Deputy.aspx https://www.barnsley.gov.uk/about-us/how-the-council-is-organised/general-information-about-councillors/cheetham-cllr-traceyContinue reading

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The plot thickens and friendships revealed?

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How on earth could Leader, Cllr “flaky” Lakin vote in a motion of no confidence to oust close and trusted friend Shaun “Im All” Wright after holidaying so many times with him and enjoying the Wright Families hospitality. I presume … Continue reading

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Private Eye’s Rotherham Coverage

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These two pieces taken from the latest copy. PE certainly don’t pull any punches: Rotten Boroughs, gives Rotherham a good mauling: .

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Hard Hitting Times Leader Article

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The Times Leader of today:

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Andrew Norfolk – The Main Course

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From Page 4 of today’s Times. Norfolk’s finest!

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Day Twenty Three – News Round-up

Too good for anyone to miss: This is the first article that contributes much to the discussion going on in most homes in Rotherham. Sarfraz Mansoor  is the first to point to a potential way forward based on a different … Continue reading

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Andrew Norfolk – Shaun Wright’s Fall

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First News Item of today, this from Andrew Norfolk in the Times:

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Sarfraz Mansoor’s – New York Times Publication

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Very good and thought provoking piece: http://www.nytimes.com/2014/09/16/opinion/multiculturalism-and-rape-in-rotherham.html?_r=0 Thanks to our spotter Regular Reader.

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Day Twenty Two – News Round-up

Rotherham Star: Shaun Wright quits as Police and Crime Commissioner in wake of Rotherham scandal Shaun Wright has resigned as South Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner this morning. Politicians welcome Shaun Wright’s decision to quit Breathless News: TV crews galore … Continue reading

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Where was Dominic on Saturday?

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This is a screen grab from business growth Tzar Dominic Beck’s face-book page: . . . . . . . . . . . . . . It was taken and posted on the day when Rotherham was invaded by … Continue reading

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Day Twenty One – News Round-Up Updated

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Newsflash: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-29208798 To start us off today, Regular Reader noticed this in the Daily Mail: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2756140/Rotherham-child-abuse-victim-confronts-alleged-abuser-street-SHE-arrested-van-load-police.html And spotted this piece about Jane Collins, in the Yorkshire Post, a bit old but revealing nonetheless: http://www.yorkshirepost.co.uk/sport/other-sports/equestrian/side-by-side-on-a-to-z-of-hunts-1-2424830 15 July 2005 “Katie Bloom and … Continue reading

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The people of Dinnington should start asking questions

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Here are the minutes from a meeting of Cabinet Member for Children and Young Peoples services in July 2008. Councillor S Wright (in the chair) Councillors Falvey Havenhand and Tweed. Third item down on front page is about an annual … Continue reading

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What Planet Is Muhbeen On?

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…Or, Muhbeen pulls a fast one The leaflet below is being widely distributed in some of the central areas of Rotherham. Put out by Muhbeen Hussain, who has been all over the media like a rash, trying to promote himself … Continue reading

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Day Twenty – The day our town became a battleground!

I bring you a selection of press reaction to the day, some very nasty people came to try and spread intolerance and hatred. This post is definitely not an opportunity to pour out more hatred in the comments on this … Continue reading

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Be careful what you wish for

This piece captured from cyberspace, is doing the rounds. Thought readers would appreciate seeing it too: Paul Lakin is walking through a market while on his £1000, VIP bargain trip in China. He stops at a table and noticed an … Continue reading

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MEP gets death threats!

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The Daily Star’s Scott Hesketh has another alarming aspect to this sorry tale of Rotherham’s problems. click on image to read the full story:

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Emma Hoddinott – An interesting exchange

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Grateful to our spotter who ticked the no publicity box. Caused me to lift more than an eyebrow, what do you think?

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News Round Up – Day Nineteen

Thanks go to our spotters again for these links. If anyone has links they would like to share we would love to have them for readers attention, Rothpol. http://www.hulldailymail.co.uk/East-Riding-staff-assist-Rotherham-child-abuse/story-22914835-detail/story.html http://www.thestar.co.uk/news/local/shaun-wright-cancels-second-public-surgery-this-month-1-6838551 http://www.thestar.co.uk/news/local/number-of-rotherham-abuse-victims-suing-police-and-council-up-to-25-1-6838376 http://www.thestar.co.uk/news/local/seven-active-investigations-into-suspected-south-yorkshire-grooming-gangs-underway-1-6838590 http://www.thestar.co.uk/news/local/police-only-warned-man-found-with-girl-1-6838609 http://www.thestar.co.uk/news/crime/teenage-girls-report-man-for-asking-them-to-get-into-his-car-1-6837777 http://www.rotherhamadvertiser.co.uk/news/96833/leader-reveals-new-look-council-cabinet.aspx

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Double, double, toil and trouble

Double, double, toil and trouble The web of lies forever expands Healey of Wentworth in up to his head We knew nothing guvnor Yeah right John pull the other one Whilst the whole of the UK call for Shaun Wright’s … Continue reading

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MacShane bites back from prison?

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Scanned this from Denis MacShane’s Prison Diaries, very interesting:

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Rotherham MBC – New Cabinet Arrangements

Cllr Paul Lakin, Leader of Rotherham Borough Council has announced the Council’s new Cabinet, after it was formally dissolved at a meeting of Full Council on Wednesday 10 September 2014. The new Cabinet – which has been reduced by two … Continue reading

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Andrew Norfolk – Serious questions for John Healey and Kevin Barron

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Now some more excellent journalism from Andrew Norfolk. This report raises serious questions for John Healey:

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Andrew Norfolk – Reveals another missing file scandal!

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Andrew Norfolk reveals more:

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News Round Up – Day Eighteen

Thanks go to our spotters again for these links. If anyone has links they would like to share we would love to have them for readers attention, Rothpol. http://www.sheffieldtelegraph.co.uk/news/local/councillor-s-apology-over-cricket-check-at-meeting-1-6835887 http://www.itv.com/news/calendar/story/2014-09-11/pcc-to-be-investigated-by-police-watchdog/ http://m.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-south-yorkshire-29144266 http://www.bbc.co.uk/go/em/fr/-/news/uk-england-south-yorkshire-29157337 http://www.sheffieldtelegraph.co.uk/news/local/councillor-s-apology-over-cricket-check-at-meeting-1-6835887 http://www.thetimes.co.uk/tto/news/politics/article4204153.ece

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another who knew what story

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These are minutes from Rotherham young peoples board from 3/3/2005 and 7/4/2005 these minutes were also given to the Social and Community Support Scrutiny Panel. This is a list of the Councillors on this scrutiny pane:. Russell (chair) Doyle (vice … Continue reading

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Just Go!

During the last few days Rotherham citizens and voters have seen two sessions of questioning of Joyce Thacker and Martin Kimber by Parliamentary Committees. Shaun Wrights questioning by the HASC, yesterdays Council Meeting and today’s Police and Crime panel, that … Continue reading

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Andrew Norfolk – Reveals the missing files!

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Andrew Norfolk reveals more about threats to the Home Office researcher. Don’t strain your eyes, click on image to enlarge:

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News Round Up – Day Seventeen

Thanks go to our spotters again for these links. If anyone has links they would like to share we would love to have them for readers attention, Rothpol. Yorkshire Post: http://www.yorkshirepost.co.uk/news/main-topics/general-news/if-i-had-a-gun-i-d-shoot-you-victim-s-granddad-tells-rotherham-crime-tsar-shaun-wright-1-6833820 The Shaun Wright show, Meeting ends with no-confidence motion. … Continue reading

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ABUSE-ROW COUNCIL FACES INSPECTION

ABUSE-ROW COUNCIL FACES INSPECTION By David Hughes, Press Association Political Correspondent Local Government Secretary Eric Pickles has announced that Rotherham Council will face an independent inspection after a report revealed 1,400 children were sexually abused over more than a decade. … Continue reading

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UKIP’s Election campaign starts

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This leaflet is being distributed by UKIP, as the start of their campaign for next years elections. Going to be a long campaign! Don’t strain your eyes click on image to enlarge:

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Day Sixteen – News Round Up

Grateful to all our spotters for these links. If you see something not yet featured please let us have the link, Rothpol. Embattled PCC Shaun Wright serves on Home Office child abuse task force http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/crime/11085813/Embattled-PCC-Shaun-Wright-serves-on-Home-Office-child-abuse-task-force.html http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2014/sep/09/theresa-may-child-sex-abuse-inquiry-light-of-day http://www.thestar.co.uk/news/local/ukip-motion-calls-for-rotherham-s-labour-councillors-to-stand-for-re-election-1-6831321 http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-29135245 http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-south-yorkshire-29144266 http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2749626/Gang-trafficked-13-year-old-runaway-hotels-flats-Bradford-turns-abuse.htmlContinue reading

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Nothing is what it it seems.

Nothing is what it it seems. While most people are still reeling from shock at the Jay report, other cooler heads are starting to figure out what’s in it for them. This is the first clue into what people like … Continue reading

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Vakas Hussain* twitter spat with Sara Champion

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. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . *Vakas Hussain, nephew of Mahroof Hussain and a very pleasant chap. As if his Uncle knew nothing, I suppose?

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Council Meeting Wednesday, 10th September, 2014 2.00 p.m.

Council Meeting Wednesday, 10th September, 2014 2.00 p.m. This meeting  is at the Town Hall, open to the public and available online, http://www.rotherham.public-i.tv/core/portal/home Agenda Papers

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Latest News – Day Fifteen

Child sex trafficking gang on trial in Sheffield http://www.thestar.co.uk/news/local/child-sex-trafficking-gang-on-trial-in-sheffield-1-6830776 ___________________________________________________________-__ West Yorkshire cab office worker ‘haunted’ by drivers’ abuse of girls: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-leeds-29036740 ______________________________________________________________ http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-south-yorkshire-29118580 Rotherham man charged with child abduction A man from Rotherham has been charged with abducting three … Continue reading

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Andrew Norfolk – More excellent Journalism

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Thanks to our spotter, Rothpol can bring you today’s Times:

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Observations on Dinnington Town Council

Having decided to see how my neighboring Town Council in Dinnington is dealing with the CSE scandal I went to tonight’s public meeting. As I expected my friend Citizen Dave Smith asked the following question: Should sitting councillors who attended … Continue reading

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Watch HASC – Evidence Session 15:00

The video stream goes live at 15;00 http://www.parliamentlive.tv/Main/Player.aspx?meetingId=15976

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lets not forget…

Nothing has been heard of the results of the Selective Licensing Scheme consultation http://www.rotherham.gov.uk/info/200598/consultations_-_closed/674/selective_licensing_consultation_2014/12 Sheff has one in place now for Well Hall. Nothing has been heard of the internal inquiry into the removal of the kids from UKIP fosterers. … Continue reading

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Day Fourteen – Latest

News from elsewhere in West Yorkshire: http://www.halifaxcourier.co.uk/news/west-yorkshire/more-than-70-men-arrested-in-probes-into-child-sexual-exploitation-1-6817483#comments-area Rotherham and the Roma on Inside Out tonight http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-south-yorkshire-29068034 1, Daily Star is really making a big issue over Rotherham CSE http://www.dailystar.co.uk/news/latest-news/398528/Rotherham-scandal-Police-chief-Shaun-Wright-accused-worried-about-attackers The article they are referring to is in this publication http://www.fabians.org.uk/publications/letting-in-the-light/Continue reading

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Andrew Norfolk – The Times – Shaun Wright Knew!

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Andrew Norfolk is still on the case! Don’t strain your eyes, click on each image to enlarge: . .

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BBC – Kimber to go!

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The BBC are reporting Kimber’s resignation, click on image to view BBC article in full:

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Political Blonde’s Independent piece on misogyny

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Joan Smith’s observational piece on misogyny from last weeks Independent, too thought provoking to miss. Readers might like to view the Apna Haq website click here. Click on image to read in full:

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Yorkshire Post – Questions Ed Miliband must Answer

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Thanks again to our spotter for pointing this out, well worth a read. Click on image to read in full:

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Standard Magazine – Rotherham’s Collaborators

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Thanks to our spotter for pointing this out, well worth a read. Click on image to read in full:

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Organised Crime, Azad Kashmir* & Child Sexual Exploitation

“The Police showed her a map of the north of England overlaid with various crime networks including ‘Drugs’, ‘Guns’, and ‘ Murder’… and told …we’re only putting resources into catching ‘the ring leaders’ …..if they’re caught, your local problem [CSE] … Continue reading

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Community Accountability?

We the community hold the following people responsible for the CSE? 1) Ex deputy leader Cllr Jahangir Akhtar. 2) Cllr Mahroof Hussain 3) Cllr Showkat Ali 4) Cllr Shabana Ahmed 5) Lord Nazir Ahmed 6) Parveen Querashi 7) RMBC council … Continue reading

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MacShane – taking the Tablet?

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Thanks go to our contributor, for this from the Tablet, September 6th edition. MacShane sticking the knife in?

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Home Affairs Select Committee – Vaz to get some answers?

Witnesses Tuesday 9 September 2014, Thatcher Room, Portcullis House At 3.00pm Chief Constable David Crompton QPM and former Chief Constable Meredydd John Hughes CBE QPM, South Yorkshire Police At 3.30pm Joyce Thacker OBE, Strategic Director for Children, Young People and Families, … Continue reading

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Child Sexual Exploitation – Response from John Healey

I know you’ll have been as shocked as me by how serious and widespread the child sexual exploitation exposed by the Jay report has been, and we’ve all been struggling to understand just how this could have happened. As you’d … Continue reading

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Stop Press – Stories no one should miss!

South Yorkshire police commissioner Shaun Wright cancels public surgery PCC who refuses to resign in wake of Jay report into child sexual exploitation in Rotherham says he had no appointments http://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2014/sep/05/south-yorkshire-police-commissioner-shaun-wright-cancels-surgery ______________________________ This one about who is going to head-up … Continue reading

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Full Council Meeting – 10th Sept

“17. Motion – New Council Shaun Wright claims he was part of a collective dung heap responsible for the safeguarding of children in Rotherham and therefore will not personally resign. In view of this and the ensuing public outrage, Labour … Continue reading

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Day Eleven – More Press Reaction and News Update

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-south-yorkshire-29072221 http://www.thestar.co.uk/news/children-in-rotherham-are-as-safe-as-they-can-be-claims-deputy-leader-1-6822604 http://www.thestar.co.uk/news/convictions-will-restore-confidence-after-rotherham-says-labour-mp-1-6823676 http://www.newyorker.com/news/daily-comment/old-contempt-rotherham http://www.thestar.co.uk/news/councillors-will-do-nothing-about-rotherham-abuse-says-victim-1-6823666 http://op-talk.blogs.nytimes.com/2014/09/04/how-rotherham-happened/?_php=true&_type=blogs&_r=0 http://blogs.telegraph.co.uk/news/normantebbit/100285240/political-correctness-created-the-silence-that-allowed-rotherham/ http://www.thestar.co.uk/news/rotherham-abuse-report-too-general-to-punish-staff-chief-executive-1-6823663   http://www.rotherhamadvertiser.co.uk/news/96779/mps-to-meet-police-over-rotherham-child-grooming-report.aspx   http://www.rotherhamadvertiser.co.uk/news/96769/your-views-on-rotherham-s-child-sexual-exploitation-scandal.aspx

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What is required – one perspective

I have stated before and I will say it again. EVERY single councillor and Senior Official (of RMBC and associated private / charitable agencies) from the period of 1997 – 2014 (perhaps before) should prove what they officially did to … Continue reading

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More Press – Day Ten

From the Star: Prime Minister says abuse staff ‘should be sacked’ ‘Councillors aware of abuse scandal details but were told to keep quiet’ Councillors were told details of the Rotherham child sex exploitation scandal nearly 10 years ago, a veteran … Continue reading

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Stop Press: Further coverage elsewhere

Cabinet meeting broadcast view it here Breaking News; Been advised Tom Sweetman, trouble shooter  in Chief, has suddenly left. http://www.theguardian.com/uk/2002/jun/19/politics.labour !http://www.thestar.co.uk/news/crime/chief-constable-admits-to-mistake-over-child-sex-abuse-conviction-rate-in-south-yorkshire-1-6820575 Sheffield City Council -No Confidence: http://sheffielddemocracy.moderngov.co.uk/documents/b16860/Urgent%20Item%20of%20Business%20-%20Notice%20of%20Motion%20Concerning%20Child%20Sexual%20Exploitation%20Wednesday%2003-Sep-20.pdf?T=9 http://www.bbc.co.uk/go/em/fr/-/news/uk-29034230 http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-south-yorkshire-29036742 http://www.theguardian.com/society/2014/sep/03/rotherham-councillors-abuse-information-confidential http://www.bbc.co.uk/go/em/fr/-/news/uk-england-south-yorkshire-29041925 http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-south-yorkshire-29041925

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Ken Wyatt breaks cover

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Ken Wyatt starts his leadership bid, click on image below to read the article in full: .

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how to get half a story

The former deputy leader of Rotherham Council resigned in August last year following a report in the Times newspaper that said he knew about a relationship between a 14-year-old girl and one of his relatives. He later resumed his post … Continue reading

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Stop Press: More Press Reaction and News

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Breaking Latest: there appears to be a vote of no confidence in Shaun Wright at Sheffield city council tonight according to ITV calendar. Will Rotherham do the same? http://www.sarahchampionmp.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/07/Sarah-Champion-MP-wishes-Rotherham-residents-%E2%80%98Ramadan-Mubarak%E2%80%99.pdf More Breaking: Labour NEC will be putting Rotherham CLP into ‘special … Continue reading

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Cabinet Meeting Tomorrow

Papers for Cabinet http://moderngov.rotherham.gov.uk/documents/g12804/Public%20reports%20pack%2003rd-Sep-2014%2010.30%20Cabinet.pdf?T=10

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At last…..

“The Labour Party has suspended four members in the wake of a report into the Rotherham child abuse scandal. Jahangir Akhtar and councillors Roger Stone, Gwendoline Ann Russell and Shaukat Ali will now be investigated by the party. Labour said … Continue reading

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Now questions for the Blair Government

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Today’s Independent is carrying this:

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Daily Mail – More investigations

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Seen Elsewhere

The following collection of links to press and media coverage sent in to Rothpol, latest received, first. Not necessarily in order of publication, if there are others you think readers should see please send me the link. Andrew Norfolk’s wonderful … Continue reading

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Alexis Jay Interview

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Thought readers might wish to read this: Click on image to read in full.

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British Pakistani: Abuse is ‘brushed under the carpet’

We now have a range of representatives from the Rotherham Muslim community going around saying they didn’t know the “extent” of Child Sexual Exploitation in Rotherham.  And that there isn’t a cover up issue within the Muslim community. I’m writing … Continue reading

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Coverup again in Quotes?

Interesting debate heard this week. Misinformation to deflect from the council and police culpability and coverup and deliberate failure is alive and well. This week a labour party activist tried dismissing it and said well its happenin everywhere. Then when … Continue reading

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Akhtar…a spider at the centre of the taxi trade web

In 2002 a raid on Risky Business office, files held there were shredded. These files formed the basis of a report that revealed the extent of CSE in Rotherham. This report named names, schools and other places where young girls, … Continue reading

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Where are we now?

Roger has jumped ship The country wants Mr Wrights neck The council is without a Leader The usual suspects I hear you say Lakin of Valley and Ellis of Wickersley Neither says logic Lakin although being deputy Is up-to his … Continue reading

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Time to prove Saj wrong

Time for some plain speaking: Rotherham’s sexual exploitation scandal, was caused and facilitated by, strict adherence to the Pakistani clan biraderi system. This was at the heart of the 16 year cover-up and persists in Rotherham to this day! Both … Continue reading

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Eye of the storm

Rotherham is firmly in the eye of a media storm, the like of which, no one has ever witnessed before. I don’t know about readers, but anger, indignation and incredulity have prevented me from even reading the report without emotions … Continue reading

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If you are victim too?

Rotherham Politics has always been on the side of the victims. Now that we have discovered there are 1,400 potential victims we would urge them to come forward and seek some justice now that they will be believed. I republish … Continue reading

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Alexis Jay Report

The political fallout begins – Roger Resigns! “Of course there is Akhtar and his infamously propounding the ‘myths’ surrounding grooming and child sex abuse. His unconvincing repetitions of what the Council has done right since, denials that it could happen … Continue reading

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New Director of Safeguarding Children and Families at Rotherham Council

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Thanks again goes to our observant spotter, Regular Reader. As always, click on image to read in full: .

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Tackling Child Sexual Exploitation in Rotherham Annual Report 2013-14

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Thanks to our source this item which will now not be going unnoticed. Particular attention is drawn to: Page 22 of 24 Operation Clover – Ongoing. This is a joint investigation linked to a story in the Times and allegations … Continue reading

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Labour wouldn’t be that stupid, would they?

Labour’s rules, now stipulate, all potential candidates, including sitting Labour Party Councillors, must go through the entire selection process, including examination and interview, before they are admitted to the panel, from which Ward Labour Parties may choose to be their … Continue reading

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South Yorkshire Police’s Response to Child Sexual Exploitation – Re-visit

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South Yorkshire Police’s response to Child Sexual Exploitation re-visit information now available. Click on images to read in full:   Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary report referred to:    Download your copy here: http://www.hmic.gov.uk/wp-content/uploads/south-yorkshire-pcc-commission-revisit.pdf Careful study will be required before … Continue reading

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Dodson’s misplaced bravado?

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One would have thought a little more humility should be on display from Barry Dodson than this, that looks like an arrogant outburst, when their words are presented in print. This weeks Advertiser printed this: Rotherham Politics stands with all … Continue reading

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Barry makes Private Eye!

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Dropped through my letterbox today, Private Eye, contains this in Rotten Boroughs: .

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Dodson in the Advertiser

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Barry Dodson’s fall is covered in this weeks Advertiser. Don’t forget to pick up your copy, available at all news stands in the Rotherham area. Thanks for the images goes to our source, who has ticked the ‘no publicity box’ … Continue reading

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Destruction of child abuse files – Where next?

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I am beginning to wonder where it will come up next. The front page headlines on this weeks Worksop Guardian is about social workers at Notts County Council having destroyed child abuse files. John Mann the local Labour MP was … Continue reading

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Dodson’s downfall – An Arrest

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The Barry Dodson’s story has moved on with reports of his arrest last Friday! His alleged crimes? Sexual abuse of a minor! More soonest Previously on Rotherham Politics: Ex-Mayor Barry Dodson Rothpols thanks to commenters, there are an increasing number … Continue reading

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Champion’s Law Enacted

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The Star reports on Sarah Champion’s recent success at achieving a significant amendment to the law on child grooming. Credit where it is due. However, lurking in the comments, is an unwise and ill-judged comment from ‘UKIP’! It is this … Continue reading

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Approaching the cliff edge?

In Rotherham Labour Land there is now a grudging acceptance that their own failings contributed to the local election losses & that without change the same may happen next year. In fact there is little they can do in the … Continue reading

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Wil Ewart called it right a year ago

Thought it would be a useful reminder to readers that the writing was on the wall a full year ago. This piece by Wil Ewart, has turned out to be remarkably prescient. What if Rawmarsh isn’t an aberration? Posted on May … Continue reading

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RMBC Press Office – Not perhaps the best image to use?

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RMBC Press Office recently tweeted on the subject of the signs to look out for, if their child might be at risk? It emerges they might have checked the un-cropped image, as well as the cropped, a little more thoroughly, … Continue reading

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First draft safeguarding poster campaign….

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Rotherham Politics very own Cheeky Monkey thought readers might appreciate this piece of satire: ….this was earmarked as the new RMBC safeguarding poster. Just stopped at the last minute after it was decided by committee that it might be a … Continue reading

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This could only happen in Rotherham?

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Private Eye dropped through my letterbox this morning. It contains this piece in Rotten Boroughs, thought readers would appreciate sight of it: Make sure you get your own copy before 1363 sells out in the shops! The best way and … Continue reading

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CSE – Champion Report

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A new report on Child Sexual Exploitation, from Sarah Champion: .

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The Star – Child exploitation team receive award

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An award? There was me still thinking that they are still subject to an independent inquiry to determine how to fix it! Rotherham Council Press Release: National Award for Child Sexual Exploitation Partnership Published Friday, 21st March 2014 News Breaking … Continue reading

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Seen elsewhere – Sex Case Secrecy Failure

Tales From the Town Hall has news of further developments on the CSE Enquiry being led by Alexis Jay: Sex Case Secrecy Failure Seven days ago, the Rotherham Advertiser carried a story quoting Alexis Jay, the investigator who had been … Continue reading

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Team Rotherham fighting the Cuts?

Akhtar is unhappy that both Tory and UKIP (let’s call them TUKIP) Councillors aren’t helping  Labour figure out where cuts can be made.  He’s so pleased with this deep political insight that he talked the Tiser into printing his thoughts … Continue reading

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Now back to the 1960’s!

Derbyshire Police have commenced an investigation into events from the 1960’s, this is the BBC report: Middle Farm ‘serious offence’ investigated by police A “serious offence” alleged to have occurred at a farm where children were fostered more than 40 … Continue reading