This story, published during the Rotherham By-Election campaign of 2012, goes to the heart of Akhtar’s MO. Akhtar thinks the Police are simply there to do his bidding, it would seem from this. Does he actually think that we are … Continue reading
When MacShane obligingly fell on his sword, Rothpol warned readers that this would be one of the dirtiest campaigns by labour at a by-election. We were not wrong. listed below are some of the dirty tricks, if a reader should know of other such examples, or have evidence appertaining to these issues, please leave a comment, or email, of course:
Telling non-english speakers, they could vote for Mahroof Hussain by voting labour.
Telling non-english speakers, that Sarah Champion was a Muslim convert.
Opponents meeting room bookings, cancelled at last minute.
Large ‘trolling’ operation by labour.
The ‘leaflet that never was’.
Undue influence and offers of inducements to secure labour votes.
Spurious complaints to police about non-existent offences. One where Jahangir Akhtar was informant and Shabana Ahmed the complainant?
Issues surrounding the count.
Questions about the integrity of the postal vote, which was extraordinarily high, at 64% of those on the electoral roll, 50.5% of those voting.
Bullying and intimidation of voters and others, in flagrant breach of election law.
A message from Yvonne:
If anyone reading this has been subjected to intimidation, fear or bullying because they showed support to Respect I would urge them to contact me immediately.
I can protect your identities but unless you come forward the thugs, bullies, corrupt and convicted criminals who think they run the town hall, will continue to make your lives a misery.
They are not above the law, nor do some senior police officers in the South Yorkshire Force give them unconditional support they think they have … quite the reverse.
At this stage I also want to point out that Sarah Champion, as far as I am aware, was not aware of the dirty tricks which propped up her campaign but she would be wise to distance herself from those odious, corrupt individuals whose bonds are now beginning to crumble.
The noose is closing but now is the time to step up to the plate and take me in to your confidence. Let me remind you of the possible consequences of the campaign directed against Respect: http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk/2010/nov/05/phil-woolas-ejected-parliament-election
Fake election leaflets containing spurious information about labour’s challengers have been a common feature of elections in Rotherham for many a year. This however, is a particularly egregious example.
Rothpol, was sent this photograph taken on an iphone on the afternoon of the 20th November from the presumably fake hotmail account belonging to firstname.lastname@example.org. I reproduce it here for your information:
It has been claimed, by Akhtar, that this obvious fake, has been widely distributed amongst Rotherham constituency voters and has been the subject of Labour complaint to South Yorkshire Police. Claiming that this is a genuine election leaflet from Respect’s candidate, Yvonne Ridley!
Labour informants, even conned the Guardian’s Helen Pidd, this article published on 22nd November resulted, Labour complains to police over leaflet’s ‘closet racists’ claim. We here, are surprised that this story should have taken in, a professional reporter like Pidd who merely took what labour told her without ever having seen an original, it would seem!
From evidence we have seen, it is clear this story, is a little more complicated and involves once again Jahangir the Deputy Leader of RMBC being involved in ‘dirty tricks’.
Complaints about election offences are dealt with by Gary Blinkhorn, of South Yorkshire Police and his attention was drawn to this apparent failure by Respect, to follow the requirements of election law, by Jahangir Akhtar.
Jahangir Akhtar confirmed to Gary Blinkhorn that he had in his possession, an original copy of the offending leaflet and the postmarked envelope in which it came. He undertook to provide Gary Blinkhorn, by post, this evidence. Akhtar further claimed that the recipient had been Cllr Shabana Ahmed and said, she would be happy to make the formal complaint. He copied in both Shabana Ahmed and Mahroof Hussain into this email, why?
Respect, by now on the case, smelt a rat! They themselves requested an original copy, so they could have it examined by an expert, to establish the true identity of the perpetrators of this false leaflet.
From this moment on, a strange thing happened, the original and the envelope became unaccountably unavailable. Despite strenuous attempts by Gary Blinkhorn to get Akhtar, Ahmed or Hussain to come up with a single original of this ‘widely distributed’ leaflet, he failed to get a single copy!
Finally and clearly irritated at his apparent manipulation, Gary Blinkhorn wrote to Akhtar, again copied it to Ahmed and Hussain advising them that he could not proceed with their complaint without their evidence and he was closing this matter as of 6th December.
Was this a ‘put up job’ and an outrageous attempt to involve the Police in labour’s Machiavellian schemes? It certainly would appear so!
This will be another very interesting day in the by-election lead up.
Labour members meeting tonight at New York Stadium, the shortlist:
– Sarah Champion is the Chief Exec of Bluebell Wood Children’s Hospice, a role she has held since 2008. Before that she was chief executive of the Chinese Arts Centre in Manchester for 12 years.
– Sophy Gardner is a former RAF Wing Commander, who served in Iraq and Afghanistan. She was also in charge of RAF transport and refuelling assets during the 9/11 terrorist attacks and Afghanistan operations 2001-2, for which she was awarded the MBE. She’s an advocate for Labour Friends of the Forces, and runs her own communications strategy consultancy. Gardner was shortlisted for Feltham and Heston.
Labour stitch-up or inspired shortlist?
There were rumours right at the beginning that Rotherham would be suitable for an all women shortlist, given that the other two MPs happen to be male!
Now members have one imposed, which, for some, will test their loyalty beyond breaking point!
Newsflash! So much hot air released in the Lubyanka, they have turned the heating off!
Simon Wilson, a businessman, has been chosen to fight the by-election for the Conservatives.
UKIP are choosing their candidate this evening, more later.
Michael Beckett selected for Liberal Democrats!
Rowdy scenes at New York Labour selection – Champion selected with a majority of 2 with 13 votes!
Gerald Smith’s outrageous behaviour during the parish council election campaign of this May is being exposed for what it was, a total disgrace for a politician engaged in democratic politics!
Today we can nail the blatant lie and fabrication by Smith that Christian Democracy is “a far right European organisation. This can be verified by the parish clerk.”
We have the definitive answer to that particular canard from Professor DL Hanley of the University of Wales, who states:
“I can state unequivocally that to describe Christian democracy as belonging to the far right reveals at best political ignorance and at worst the desire to mislead.
The Christian democrat movement and its European instance the EPP (European
People’s Party) are recognised by all political scientists as located firmly in the
tradition of centrist or moderate centre-right politics. Christian democracy has always
been firmly opposed to the far-right.” Read Letter from Prof Hanley in full.
So there we have it, Smith is either a liar or a fool, either way he is unfit for ‘public service’ and should consider his position and resign. The Aston parish clerk also should resign for either being a fool or something much worse!