Champion’s brave words – last time she ran away!

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Thanks to Regular Reader for this from this weeks Advertiser. It is perhaps, worth recalling, that during the By-Election campaign she ran away from debate even on the BBC as I recall it.

Seen Elsewhere – EDL activist Clint Bristow in custody on burglary charges

Rotherham by-election last place man from the EDL has been locked up! This was spotted by a reader, it is from the Guardian and has gone under Helen Pidd’s by-line:

EDL activist Clint Bristow in custody on burglary charges

English Defence League’s Rotherham byelection candidate accused of stealing toiletries and making violent threats Read on………

It’s worth noting here, Clint’s vote vastly exceeded the vote for Sarah Champion at her selection meeting where she was chosen by only 13 constituency members! This is believed to have set a new low for the labour party in parliamentary elections.

Labour’s Dirty Tricks

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

Yvonne Ridley

Rotherham By-Election Full Result

Rotherham By-Election 29th November Full Results:

Name Description Vote % Vote Share
M Beckett LibDem 451 2.1
C Bristow EDL 29 0.1
S Champion Lab 9966 46.5
J Collins UKIP 4648 21.7
S Copley Ind 582 2.7
P Dickson Ind 51 0.2
R Dyson TUSC 281 1.3
M Guest BNP 1804 8.4
Y Ridley Respect 1778 8.3
D Wildgoose ED 703 3.3
S Wilson Con 1157 5.4
Total 21450
Turnout 34.0%
Ballot papers issued 21496
Spoilt Papers 46
Electorate 63420

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Rotherham By-Election – Polling Stations now closed!

Something to keep you entertained while we wait.

The last vote has been cast. The Polling Stations are now closed! The candidates and their agents along with their counting agents are assembling at Magna for the count. The ballot boxes are on their way to be opened, verified and counted.

The result is expected around midnight to one am. Shouldn’t take long, turnout is reported to be very low. There could well be recounts on the cards, most likely to confirm deposits lost, rather that the result itself. But you never know! Result should appear on this page of the councils website: UK Parliamentary By-Election for Rotherham Constituency. BBC news channel will have the declaration live, that will be fun.

Many thanks to all of you who have popped into Rotherham Politics, contributed or commented, during recent weeks, hope you pass by this way again.

Whom so ever is elected tonight, Rotherham Politics and it’s readers, will be there to scrutinise what they do, or not do, in the ‘name of the people’. As an example, the recent readership figures, show hits have now exceeded by far, the number of voters that make up the entire electorate of Rotherham constituency, during this short campaign. Politics is going on line, even in Rotherham it would appear?

We believe that the labour party must deal decisively with it’s own internal problems now and clean it up! At the moment, cesspit would be an apt word to describe the murky world of labour politics in Rotherham! I know Jahangir Akhtar doesn’t like the term, but when Michael Elmer first coined the term ‘scum labour’, to sum up the labour party in Rotherham it seemed, so appropriate!

Some news just in, that perhaps presages the future, for some senior council employees:

“Council Gossip – Corporate Management Team (CMT) has already lost Andrew Bedford and do not want to loose Joyce Thacker.  They are waiting to see the outcome
of today’s election – if Labour do well (even a win by 13 votes – well a win is a win) she will stay but if the rosette stops fluttering she and others will go. The politicians will sacrifice her to cover their own backs, so nothing new there.”

Results supplied by Anonymous:

Sarah Champion (Labour) 9866
Jane Collins (UKIP) 4648
Marlene Guest (BNP) 1804
Yvonne Ridley (Respect) 1778
Simon Wilson (Con) 1157
David Wildgoose (Eng Dem) 703
Simon Copley (Ind) 582
Michael Beckett (Lib Dem) 451
Ralph Dyson (TUSC) 261
Paul Dickson (Ind) 51
Clint Bristow (no descripton) 29

Rotherham By-Election Day!

Excitement at last! Heard that UKIP has been involved in an altercation, labour says they are not involved! Continues in comments.

The Rotherham Star has this today, By-election candidate’s criminal past, oh dear!

Guido Fawkes, the notorious right wing blogger, has tried to talk up UKIP’s chances from London! UKIP are not a party Rotherham voters will vote for in large numbers! Doubling their vote would put them on 12-14%, no where enough to pose a significant challenge to labour’s hapless and hopeless candidate, whose sole selling point is Bluebell Wood and that’s all!

UKIP also seem to have a supporter determined to have their say:

“Whilst you are all fretting over the Rotherham election result tens if not hundreds of thousands of Rumanians and Bulgarians are busy booking their tickets to the UK in 2013. Where they will be instantly entitled to FREE health care , education housing benefit family allowance and unemployment benefits all paid for by you the tax payer.
So think before you vote LIBLABCON why you should pay for all this and consider voting UKIP”

Rotherham voters will not be seduced in to voting for these petty ‘little Englanders’!

Neither will they have forgotten this:

Rotherham Politics – BNP & UKIP Two sides of the same coin?

Posted on May 10, 2012 by

During election periods Rotherham Politics is remarkably free of mentions of the BNP and BNP-Light, known to local voters as UKIP. This is to ensure that we don’t assist them by giving them publicity, all be it, of a negative … Continue reading →

Full candidate list:

Michael Beckett Liberal Democrat
Clint Bristow Independent (EDL)
Sara Champion Labour
Jane Collins UKIP
Simon Copley Independent
Paul Dickson Independent
Ralph Dyson TUSC
Marlene Guest BNP
Yvonne Ridley Respect
David Wildgoose English Democrats
Simon Wilson Conservatives

If you haven’t voted for your chosen candidate yet, advise you vote soon it’s already getting very cold out there!

The Rotherham labour selection omnishambles makes in into Private Eye, bring it to readers as soon as I get the scanner out!