So different last year?

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Firstly a reminder from last year when a much greater sum was made available: Mahroof Hussain and the Pak Supermarket scheme Hi Riki, interestingly Mahroof Hussain has also tweeted in reference to Pak Supermarket scheme. http://mobile.twitter.com/mahroofhussain Rotherham fund supporting vulnerable families … Continue reading

RMBC Payday lenders blocked by council

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Thanks to our spotter, we can bring this to wider attention: Our spotter also made the following points: I’m not sure how to ensure that all pay-day-lenders are blocked/re-directed, why not gambling sites as well, why not rothpol? Tricky even … Continue reading

Ahmed in the Times – One

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!

Muslim peer blames Jewish Day one 'Jewish conspiracy' peer

Day Two with Opinion from Maajid Nawaz and Jahangir Akhtar, later.

Comments on, Naz Ahmed’s outrageous claims!, may interest readers.

Labour’s Embarrassment Complete?

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

The Telegraph: Busy people text while driving, claimed Peer jailed over fatal crash

The Independent: ‘There’s no place for anti-Semitism in the Labour party’: Ed Miliband condemns Lord Ahmed over claims he blamed imprisonment on ‘Jewish conspiracy’

The Guardian: Labour suspends Muslim peer after reports of antisemitic comments

New Statesman: Lord Ahmed accused of blaming Jewish media owners for his prison sentence

Mirror: Labour peer suspended over claims he blamed Jewish plot for being jailed after fatal car crash

Evening Standard: Labour suspend Lord Ahmed over ‘Jewish conspiracy’ claims

Daily Mail: Labour suspends controversial peer over claims he blamed a Jewish conspiracy for his dangerous driving jail sentence

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.

Another take – blaming it on link to MacShane?

Political Scrapbook had a different take entirely on the mystery of Moofy’s failure to be selected for the Rotherham seat:

Was local Rotherham candidate kept off shortlist over MacShane links?

11:20am Wed November 14th

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With Labour’s controversial selection process for Rotherham culminating in a walk-out by local party members last night, questions have been asked as to why the leading local candidate was excluded from the shortlist after Labour sources claimed they needed “a clean break from the past”.

Having a literally glittering record for his ten years on Rotherham council, Mahroof Hussain was the obvious omission from a panel of candidates which is set by the party at national level. But local members stormed out of the selection meeting Read on………

Will Ed Fix It For Moofy?

After the shenanigans of the Rotherham CLP candidate selection meeting for a replacement Member of Parliament, even Moofy realised he may have made a tactical blunder.

Since things have settled down a bit, we understand that no less than three meetings between Ed Miliband and Moofy Hussain, have taken place.

The result, according to Moofy, he will be shoehorned in as a candidate to fight the 2015 General Election. Moofy thinks that Rother Valley would be a suitable berth from which to start a parliamentary career and is said to be focussing his interest there.

Why did Moofy get an MBE? A very interesting question indeed! The question, explored on Tales From the Town Hall. We hear, the reason may be have been motivated by more down to earth considerations?

PAK Supermarket – What does it sell?

Numerous commenters, in both private communications with Rothpol and in comments left on Rotherham Politics, have defended the sole involvement of the PAK Supermarket on the basis that it sold neither cigarettes nor alcohol, without benefit of evidence for their assertions.

Rothpol was alerted to the fact that this claim may not be the full truth, by an observant private correspondent, to whom Rothpol is grateful.

Just checked and although they do not sell alcohol, they do in fact sell cigarettes and tobacco. So this claim turns out only to be 50% right.

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