Labour Must Act – Now!


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

Rotherham Council Apologises! A rare thing indeed!


Rotherham Borough Council is in an apologetic mood at last. This story has caught the attention of a number of news sources. Starting with the BBC: Rotherham Council apologises over UKIP foster row The Yorkshire Post: Rotherham council ‘sorry’ over … Continue reading

More Blogger Reaction On UKIP Fostering Scandal

This is from Stephen Tall’s excellent site:

Chris Davies wades into Ukip foster care row. Why?

“A couple of months ago you may recall a big row when it was alleged three eastern European children were removed from their foster parents by Rotherham council because the couple were members of Ukip.

Lib Dem MEP Chris Davies certainly recalls it. And on Monday he made a one-minute speech in the European Parliament about it:”

One Nation Labour?

This from Progress, shows just how out of touch the Metropolitan elite really is:

Labour’s One Nation battleground plan

Stephen Twigg

Last week Labour published our battleground seat list – the key seats strategy for the 2015 general election. 106 seats right across the country. No no-go areas for Labour. A signal of intent that Labour will campaign tirelessly for a majority Labour government. Along with colleagues from the shadow cabinet and across the parliamentary Labour party, I will be visiting as many of the 106 seats as possible over the coming two years, supporting constituency Labour parties and prospective parliamentary candidates to secure Labour gains from all of our political opponents. It is vital that we all give as much as we can to win these seats. Read on…………

Denis MacShane Doesn’t Know the Meaning of Contrition

Denis MacShane Doesn’t Know the Meaning of Contrition

“I found it interesting to read the letter from Zeb Khaliq in last week’s Advertiser defending Doctor Denis MacShane.
Zeb couldn’t really say much else, could he, because if I recall correctly, he wrote to the Advertiser earlier this year, when the police investigation was stopped, telling us how honest Denis was.
I can tell Zeb that Doctor MacShane is the only doctor who, having seen him you feel worse. In fact if Zeb would like to read MacShane’s, so called, apology for his fraudulent behaviour again, he would see that it reads more like the curriculum vitae of Mother Teresa.  
Most of his apology was in fact a list of all the wonderful things he claims to have done for our Town.
He tries to make it sound like he had become a true Man of Rotherham, when in reality he never lived in Rotherham with his family and his children never went to a Rotherham school. He thought Rotherham was good enough for the likes of us and our children but not good enough for him and his children.
He tries to suggest that all the information on his expenses has now come out, but this is not true, The Police and Parliament only looked into the European Policy Institute and computer fraud.
 In fact, I will make the same offer to him as before and that is: I will hire and pay for a meeting room if he will come and answer questions about the anomalies in his expenses claims, For example:
Why did he claim £100 each week for food for the three days he was in London and why did he also claimed for food even when he was away from London and when Parliament wasn’t sitting?
Why is it that before the rules were changed and it became necessary for MPs to submit receipts for claims above £25/month, he consistently claimed over £200/month for cleaning but when it became necessary to submit receipts in support of claims, his cleaning costs fell to £24/month.
Why did he claim £1,450 on his office expenses for the replacement of a gas boiler in his private home when his office was heated by electric convector heaters?
Why was it, that throughout 2004/5, he claimed £1,730/month against a listed expenditure of only £1,480/month? In October 2004 this error was brought to his attention but he nevertheless continued to over claim on his expense until July 2005?
Why does he claim £1,450/month to rent a second home in London when he already owns a £700,000 house in Pimlico just a few minutes’ walk from Parliament, paid for, in the main by the taxpayer and which he now rents out?
 Why didn’t he pay anything for his share of the Utility costs on his Rotherham home and why did he claim all his personal utility costs on his office account?
Why does his council tax claim for his London home not correspond with any of London Boroughs’ council tax bands ?
Why did he claim around £700/month for telephone costs? Why was this cost so high and were all the calls made on parliamentary business?
In reality MacShane has lived completely free for the last 18 years at the expense of the taxpayer. It is no wonder that he voted on every occasion in Parliament to keep MPs expenses a secret.
Had Denis made a sincere apology and truly accepted responsibility for all of his fraudulent expenses claims, I would have, by now, let the matter drop. However, because of the way in which he has sought to excuse himself, I am not prepared to allow him to think that he has hoodwinked the people of Rotherham once again. Until he has properly accepted responsibility for his actions and paid the price for his betrayal of the hard working and honest people of Rotherham, I will not stop in my attempt to expose him.”
Peter Thirlwall

Denis MacShane – Are the Met going to reopen their enquiries?

Dear Rotherham Readers,

Evenin’ all, Dixon of Dock Green ‘ere. Just put my duty armband on and wanted to assure you that I’m pounding the beat and lookin’ for hooks n tea leafs n peter men.


Scotland Yard re MacShame’s Standards & Privileges Committee “We are aware of the report and will be assessing its content in due course.”

On Friday 2nd November I was proceeding in a norf-sarf-east-westerly direction in accordance with station fixed beat standing orders when I observed a suspicious figure skulking in the vicinty of da Palace of Westminster …

Night all,

Barnardo’s Report – Everyone Needs To Read It!

Barnardo’s, the children’s charity, have released their report on child sexual exploitation:

Puppet on a string,

pdf file, should open in your browser, you can save a copy too. To return, use your browsers back button.

This report should be widely read and it’s lessons, heeded.

John Wesley’s Sound Advice

Dear Rotherham Politics readers,

I just came across this most interesting item relating to the amazing John Wesley on 6 October 1774 and thought just how topical this is in the context of the forthcoming PCC elections. His items of advice are thus –

1. To vote, without fee or reward, for the person they judged most worthy.

2. To speak no evil of the person they voted against.

3. To take care their spirits were not sharpened against those that voted on the other side.

And then I thought to myself, I wonder just how many of the RMBC Corn Fed Grunters, Muppets and Clowns could honestly say that when they voted for Shaun Da Sheep as Rovrum Laybah candidate for South Yorkshire Police & Crime Commissioner that they honestly judged him as the most worthy?

I certainly know from my THT Agents “Garbo” and “ZigZag” that the Corn Fed Grunters, Muppets and Clowns regularly bad-mouth Da Sheep behind his woolly back, so he’s failed on point 2 as well.

Ah well, we’ll get our chance to decide soon, and then active and empowered citizens can sit back and enjoy scrutinising whoever manages to scrape the bottom of the barrel with their votes.

Kind Regards,

Shaun Wright – Makes Private Eye!

Rothpol could not resist bringing readers the good news, which just dropped through my letter box!

Put this way, it seems incredible that Labour selected this incompetent oaf, as their candidate for South Yorkshire Police & Crime Commissioner! It must have been a case of Roger knows best!

Nominations don’t close until Friday, there’s still time for Labour to do something about this simply outrageous situation.

See also: The Shaun Wright (Labour Candidate for SY PCC) Files