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Rotherham is rapidly building up an increasingly long list of councillors guilty of acting outrageously but go, as yet, unpunished by the Rotherham Labour Local Government Committee, Labour Group or the Yorkshire & Humberside Regional Labour Party.
The labour Party should hang it’s head in shame for the disgraceful way that in Rotherham, actions that would result in Party expulsion anywhere else, are actively tolerated and the guilty not only go unpunished but are protected! These outrages must stop! The Labour Party must deal with it’s own dirty washing, before it makes the description ‘Scum Labour’ entirely apt!
Gerald Smith is both a borough and parish councillor. So disgraceful has this this man’s behaviour been over the years, that it is most certainly time he paid the price for them. What we have never been able to understand is, why Rotherham and the Regional Labour Party have not acted before to rid the town of this flawed man. Read all about Gerald Smith, Police caution and all! Read on…..
Rotherham’s very own Blue Badge abusing councillor, still evading justice, or at least the wrath of the public, hiding like the coward that he is, behind a wall of silence from Labour Group. Read on….
This situation cannot continue, Labour must deal with this without further delay.
The ‘Two Homes Scandal’, described by Grant Shapps on Monday in parliament, comes to Rotherham with the ‘I’m-Alright-Jacks’.
Is this yet another manifestation of ‘Scum Labour’ in action?
Yet another tale of council mismanagement and abuse of power is, I understand, about to break and will be carrying it here soonest!
Bringing up the rear, is our very own Parliamentarian, currently in disgrace. Ongoing Police investigation, We have checked! This man is either extraordinarily greedy or a crook. We shall see which one in due course!
The full sorry tale can be found Here…..
Speculation is rife throughout the borough that Rotherham may well have their very own ‘I’m-Alright-Jacks’, with reports coming in of at least one councillor living in council accommodation whilst owning a property about a mile away!
More information is being sought, if readers have more information on this or other examples of apparent abuse of power please let us know see, About Rotherham Politics.
Grant Shapps: “A lot of people who are in council houses have second homes, and they rent out their main home or the council home. That is another scandal that I am sure he will appreciate our bringing to an end.” Hansard Monday 31st October 2011.
Is Grant Shapps perhaps, a mind reader?
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!
We have been asked to provide information on Labour Party links/email addresses to help readers complain about the outrageous actions of Gerald Smith. Let us know how you get on?
Yorkshire & Humber Labour Party website.
By email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Yorkshire and the Humber Labour Party
Labour Members of Parliament:
Especially useful to complain to, Ed Miliband Labour Leader and Rosie Winterton Chief Whip.
Bradford West: Marsha Singh MP
Tel: 01274 402 220
Leeds East: George Mudie MP
Tel: 0113 232 3266
Sheffield Brightside and Hillsborough: David Blunkett MP
Tel: 0114 273 5987
Yorkshire Local Councils Associations:
York House, Outgang Lane, Osbaldwick, YORK.YO19 5UP
Tel: 01904 436622
E-mail: email@example.com Website: http://www.yorkshirelca.gov.uk/Core/Yorkshire-Local-Councils-Associations/Pages/Default.aspx.
Chief Officer: Sheena Spence
Local Councils Officer: Ian Strong
Local Councils Officer: David Morton
Administrative Officer: Joy Morgan
The Advertiser this week reported on the issuing to Gerald Smith of a formal police caution for an election offence, can’t give you a link to the story as it is only in the print edition, not online, pity! I quote:
‘A police spokeswoman said Cllr Smith had admitted publishing a leaflet without his name on it. She added: “He was given a verbal caution which is a formal warning in respect of failing to put the relevant information on an election leaflet as required by law.”‘ My emphasis.
So far so good. The advertiser then reported Smith’s viewpoint:
‘Cllr Smith stood by the content of the leaflet this week, adding that the absent publication detail was a simple oversight. He said: “It was a mistake. The leaflet said it was published by the party but I had missed my name off. When I went to the police station they asked if I would accept a caution. I said yes, because we don’t want to waste taxpayers money on this by going to court. They had my other leaflets, which had my name on them. They were happy that it was just an error.’
Then I remembered Smith had a letter published in June in the Advertiser letters columns, pretty bad tempered and readers should note repeats the libels contained in the illegal leaflet itself, I quote it in full as it provides evidence of this councillors significant breach of all codes of conduct applicable to Smith!
‘Pilloried in letter
Sir-I am not the first nor will I be the last to be pilloried by Jim Fletcher (see Advertiser letters, June 10th) for telling the truth.
Fletcher states that information in the leaflet was untrue and libellous. As he did not mention all of what was in the leaflet I will.
It made the comment that David Gee, over 44 full parish council meetings in the four-year term of office, had neither made a comment nor asked a question and then went on to say: “Do you want to be represented by the silent man.”
As J. Fletcher has attended about two meetings in the four year he wouldn’t know either way.
David Gee was re-elected with just five votes over the nearest candidate. At the ensuing first meeting of the new term of office he had the opportunity to challenge me over the leaflet. He remained silent, as usual.
The comments on Paul Martin, who registered his last political affiliation at the parish council as Christian Democrat, Which to my information is a far right European organisation. This can be verified by the parish clerk.
This man also reported a fellow parish councillor to the police in 2010 for spying on him at a rally in the town centre organised by P. Thirlwall.
The councillor went to the rally to see if anything was to be done about the flooding in the area as he had been completely flooded out twice over two years.
This is not what one would call a Christian act, is it Mr Fletcher? But then, you would know all about right-wing politics as your political stance is right of Atilla the Hun.
The indent on the leaflet stated published and printed on behalf of Holderness Lab Party at 4 brook Close, Aston.
I think that should be sufficient and legal.
Cllr Gerald Smith, Rotherham Borough Council. Bramley.’
Tales from the Town Hall has reported on another interesting angle to this story:
‘The Cops, The Councillor And The Caution
There’s never a dull moment in Rotherham. A councillor slags off two hopefuls in a parish council election, he then gets cautioned by the police for his name not being on the leaflet, and now Rotherham Council claims the Chief Constable of South Yorkshire could himself have broken the law. Click for full story.’
Are we witnessing here, the abuse of the officers code of conduct, using council employees to provide legal advice and resources on political matters? It certainly looks like it to me!
One thing is quite obvious, at least to me, that Gerald Smith may have accepted a caution but he has not fulfilled the other criterion that of acceptance of guilt! Surely this makes the caution invalid?
The other issue that has not been adequately dealt with is the outrageous libels committed firstly in the leaflet that had a limited circulation but repeated casually in his letter above, published to a significantly larger number.
The current state of defamation law and the extraordinarily high cost of litigation makes protecting reputations through the civil courts prohibitively expensive and justice available to only the very rich indeed! Which makes Smith’s repetition of these outrageous lies about fellow parish councillors and opposing candidates egregious and totally intolerable in a member of a political party pretending to open democratic politics! This abuse should certainly be enough for the Labour Party to take issues of Smith’s unacceptable behaviour by their own members and elected position holders, I wonder? But don’t hold your breath!
This perhaps is the most serious of all the problems facing this egregiously arrogant, bullying and less than honest local politician whose time has clearly come to go! Doing nothing is no longer an option!
A big thank you to those of you who have already contacted Rothpol with background information on our Gerald. If you have your anecdote to share with us please see RikiLeaks. Termite is collating the information and working on suitable posts, you can contact him directly here, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Read the whole story in The Gerald Smith files.
News is coming in of extraordinary developments in the saga of Gerald Smith and the Parish Council elections in Aston cum Aughton last May.
Victory it would appear for the downtrodden for a change! Full story later…..
If you are new to this story, read the Gerald Smith Files.