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Very grateful to a regular reader for this information from the Times newspaper and researched and written by Andrew Norfolk, the award winning, Chief Investigative Reporter, no less!
Day Two with Opinion from Maajid Nawaz and Jahangir Akhtar, later.
Comments on, Naz Ahmed’s outrageous claims!, may interest readers.
On Wednesday the Times Chief Investigative Reporter, Andrew Norfolk, broke another very embarrassing story concerning Rotherham and it’s turbulent Labour peer!
Featuring Lord Ahmed and some of his pretty outrageous views. On this occasion spoken by himself and broadcast on television, last year in Pakistan.
Rothpol would be very grateful for some scans from the Times, Wednesday and Thursdays editions, so that anyone who missed them can read the sorry tale for themselves, if any reader could oblige?
Meanwhile, as a warm up, I thought readers might like to review these links to stories that made it into the local and national press and media last week:
From the BBC: Labour peer Lord Ahmed suspended after ‘Jewish claims’
The Advertiser: Rotherham peer suspended over new controversy
The Star: Peer suspended by Labour
Yorkshire Post: Labour suspends Yorkshire peer over ‘Jewish conspiracy’ slur
Evening Standard: Labour suspend Lord Ahmed over ‘Jewish conspiracy’ claims
At Rotherham Politics, we are left scratching our heads at the activities of Lord Ahmed and his apparently limitless ability to cause such offence. We are also continually baffled and dismayed at the failure of the Labour Party to adequately deal with him!
This time, there must be no way back for this deeply flawed individual.
Oh, the answer to my question?
Not by a long chalk! Especially if the labour party continues to stick their heads in the sand and ignore Rotherham’s central problem that Naz Ahmed, Jahangir Akhtar and Mahroof Hussain exemplify!
With Sajid Bostan’s words still ringing in my ears, “We’ve fixed the Council, we’ve fixed the Police and we’ve fixed the Advertiser,” we have a lot to put right in our Town.
Press statement that has just been released from the Commons authorities:
“After the decision by the election court concerning Phil Woolas, the member for Oldham East and Saddleworth, the Speaker of the House of Commons reported the court’s decision to the House in a statement on Monday. A candidate reported by an election court as personally guilty of an illegal practice is required to vacate their seat in the House of Commons as from the date of the court’s decision (Friday 5 November). “As the seat is now vacant, a by-election will be held once the House of Commons has passed a motion for the issue of a writ.
“The Speaker can neither initiate nor block the motion to move a writ for a by-election. He has no say in when a member moves a writ for the by-election. This is usually done by a member of the party which has previously held the seat. Once the House agrees to a motion for the issue of a writ, the Speaker is required to carry out the House’s decision and to issue his warrant for the by-election. He has no discretion about this. A by-election must be held within 19 working days of the issue of the writ.”
It would appear I was right in a previous posting when I cast doubt on whether there were any potentially successful legal routes open to Phil Woolas.
This appears to confirm it. Lets see who moves the writ first?
Potential replacement Labour Candidates are reportedly already active in the Oldham East & Saddleworth Constituency, circling like vultures already, it would seem?
Parliamentary Labour Members are furious at Harman for her statement that it was, “not part of Labour’s politics for somebody to be telling lies to get themselves elected”.
When calling for her to resign, I am forced to conclude that they were perfectly happy for lies to be deployed come election time! Are they on a parallel universe? Do they believe that the laws that they make don’t apply to them?
Labour MPs still don’t understand the gulf of trust opening up between them and the electorate. They are acting in the most arrogant of fashions. A little humility would be most appreciated at this time. I note none of these cowardly, disgraceful and arrogant Members has gone on the record! That speaks volumes in itself. Reports indicate that George Howarth, Stephen McCabe and David Watts were among them however. No surprise there then! Denis MacShane was absent as he is currently suspended but Kevin Barron apparently put up a bit of a defence of Harriet, well done on this occasion Kevin! Nothing yet on Wentworth & Dearne MP, John Healey’s views on the matter.
Harriet Harman spoke for all of us, when she repudiated what Woolas had been proved to have done. She should be congratulated, not denigrated by members of her own side! Shame on them!
Jack Dromey, the MP for Birmingham Erdington and Harriet Harman’s husband, said on the BBC’s Daily Politics show today,
“I think Ed Miliband and Harriet have done absolutely the right thing, It is no part of our politics to tell lies, to fan prejudice to win votes. What happened was wrong.”
“I’ve always believed in what I’ve called standing on the moral high ground. How we conduct ourselves is of the highest importance.”
Jack Dromey is obviously more plugged in to public sentiment that most of his colleagues who simply do not understand how bad it looks to the public, according to a YouGov poll published today. The people have little sympathy for Woolas. Only 7% in fact, with 71% agreeing with the courts decision!
It is also becoming apparent that the legal position is, to say the least, complicated! There may be no judicial avenues open to him after all, which will make yesterdays Speakers ruling that, as far as Parliament was concerned, the matter was Sub Judice look ill-advised and perhaps premature.
The Speaker’s wife’s recent twittering might also not be particularly helpful either. There are no real precedents to this Constitutionally difficult situation and I would have thought it might have been better for her to have refrained from her tweets.
In a move not seen for 99 years, Phil Woolas, Shadow Cabinet member has been stripped of his election victory by two High Court Judges convened as an Elections Court. Mr Justice Nigel Teare and Mr Justice Griffith Williams found Mr Woolas guilty of illegal practices under election law. Read full Judgement here.
The luckless Woolas had the rug pulled from underneath him by Harriet Harman, Labour’s Deputy Leader, when she sought the nearest camera to launch this broadside which appears to have left Woolas with little room for manoeuvre, despite his brave words and his prepared statement read for him by Gerald Shamash.
It has emerged that the Labour Party Insurers have been paying Woolas’s legal costs, Gerald Shamash, The Official Labour Party Solicitor, does not come cheap. This arrangement is believed to be at an end leaving Woolas high and dry!
Astonishingly this disgraced Labour Shadow Minister has launched a financial appeal that he hopes will collect £200,000! so that he can prove his innocence. Some hope, just who is stupid enough to donate their own money to this farcical enterprise?
We will see tomorrow whether the Speaker understands what he must do, order a by-election as soon as practically possible.
No prevarication, no waiting for Woolas to progress his legal appeals. The findings as to fact will not change no matter what legal stunts Woolas pulls.
The people of Oldham East and Saddleworth deserve nothing less!
The only thing that sticks in my craw was the sight of Simon Hughes, Liberal Deputy Leader, crowing about the victory. I can remember a certain by-election in Bermondsey in 1983, Labour candidate Peter Tatchell lost to Simon Hughes the then Liberal candidate, after the most disgraceful campaign by the Liberals. Pity Peter Tatchell did not see fit to mount a legal challenge back then. Maybe Simon Hughes would now be nothing more than a footnote to history had he done so!
Still got a copy of Peter Tatchell’s book, The Battle For Bermondsey somewhere. It is well worth a read if you are interested in political dirty tricks.
STOP PRESS: 8th November 2010, Judicial review rejected. Speaker announces that an expedited application was now in play.