Some labour must have missed


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Snail mail has also provided us with another interesting piece on the ‘due diligence’ failure at the heart of labour group, read it and weep. As this is a political matter, perhaps it should be asked of Chris Read, our … Continue reading

Election Snippet 4: links to the past severed?


Chris Read and Jon Trickett in the Yorkshire Post, have made claims the ‘old guard’ have been ‘put out to grass’, but are their claims credible? Jon Trickett stated; “TROUBLED Rotherham Council is aiming for a fresh start as Labour … Continue reading

It is the 11th anniversary of the seminar after which ‘no one can say they did not know’


It is the 11th anniversary of the seminar after which ‘no one can say they did not know’ Labour’s claims to have changed and to have learned from past experience, has a rather hollow ring if one looks at Labour … Continue reading

It is nearly the 11th anniversary of the seminar after which ‘no one can say they did not know’


It is nearly the 11th anniversary of the seminar, on 5th April 2005, after which, ‘no one can say they did not know’!* Labour’s claims to have changed and to have learned from past experience, has a rather hollow ring if … Continue reading

The people of Dinnington should start asking questions


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Here are the minutes from a meeting of Cabinet Member for Children and Young Peoples services in July 2008. Councillor S Wright (in the chair) Councillors Falvey Havenhand and Tweed. Third item down on front page is about an annual … Continue reading

The shame of the Rotherham Labour 57!


Rotherham’s Labour Group Shabana Ahmed Jahangir Akhtar Shaukat Ali Jenny Andrews Lauren Astbury Alan Atkin Ian Barron Christine Beaumont Dominic Beck Alan Buckley Jo Burton Maggi Clark Simon Currie Judith Dalton Barry Dodson John Doyle Sue Ellis Jacqui Falvey John … Continue reading

Reflections on an election – Dave Smith

I have never felt so disgusted as I did last night at the count for the Rotherham council elections, this is not sour grapes because I did not win; because I never expected to.  The reason I felt that way, and indeed still do, is the contempt with which Labour councillors, Labour members of parliament and their supporters treated other candidates who dared to stand against them.  We were looked on as if we had no right to take part in the democratic process, we were made to feel we had no right to be there.  The atmosphere was one of total arrogance, we own Rotherham and no one has the right to challenge that.  What the people of Rotherham need to understand is that the contempt they showed towards me and other non Labour candidates is the same contempt they show towards them.

In the cold light of day people who have voted Labour, based on the premise that you have always done this, should now analyse what you have done. You have voted for more workers to be sacked, leaving them to the misery of unemployment, more workers salaries to be cut, more services to be cut and even bigger rent rises for next year.

Remember this the government cuts have hardly started, so what next from this set of part time Labour councillors. You should also remember that all this is happening whilst these part timers are lining their pockets with thousands of pounds of our money, whilst carrying out very little work.

How many of you in our area of Dinnington with children at university can afford to send £150.00 a fortnight to them, Simon Tweed can.  So could you if you had £13,518 on top of your wages.  This my friends, who always vote Labour, this is what you have done.  The Labour controlled council of Rotherham has not done one thing to protect the people from the hardships that this government is putting on them; in fact they have compounded it.  A pensioner living in a two bedroom flat has to pay extra because no one is living in the extra bedroom, this on top of the massive hike in their council rent.  When are you “I have always voted Labour” going to wake up to the fact that it is not acceptable for councillors to be taking out of the money, meant for the people of our area, thousands of pounds that single parents, the unemployed, the disabled and pensioners can only dream of.

What we need is the people of our area to get out and vote in order to counter the “I have always voted Labour” brigade.  Out of a possible 9,500 voters in the Dinnington area only 2,662 voted, a derisory 28% of the electorate.  This has given Labour the bragging rights that they polled 52% of the vote, but this is 52% of less than a third of the electorate. The real figure is actually 14.57%  of the total electorate a vastly different figure.

For those who voted UKIP and Conservative what on earth do they think they are going to do for our area, they could not even be bothered to contact the people in any way; they couldn’t even be bothered to attend the count.  For those who told lies and obfuscations about me, well done you have helped keep Dinnington at the status quo, no where, with no one to fight for it.

The bright light of this election is that Labour voters at Anston rejected the Labour/Tory candidate and returned an independent.  My hearty congratulations to Clive Jepson, I know he will do a good job for his area.

I will just add one caveat for Labour, I am still here, still alive and remember I have two years to prepare.  See you in May 2014 councillor Falvey.  Two years is a long time in politics.

Dave Smith

Dave Smith’s reaction to this weeks Dinnington Guardian Front Page!

The front page of today’s Dinnington Guardian has a heading “A year on from being labelled ‘deprived'” underneath this are various front pages of the same newspaper. 
The headline to this article then reads “Winnington your Dinno’s roaring back in a big way”
The article begins by saying “a year after parts of Dinnington were classed as being some of the most deprived areas in the country, the area is fighting back.” 
This is blatant Labour spin, the areas referred to are still some of the most deprived areas in the country, for theses areas nothing has changed.  The article goes on to say that business leaders say there is optimism amongst residents and local businesses, which planet are these people on? 
It is based on the fact that a new swimming pool has been opened, it is privately owned is not even full sized and is not a public swimming baths; also this air of optimism is created by a new Aldi supermarket opening. 
As a resident of Dinnington I was curious as to where this information had come from.  All became clear as I got further into this wonderful piece of fiction, Dominic Beck, could this be the same Dominic Beck who is a Labour Parish councillor in Anston and a Labour borough councillor for Kiveton; policy and representation advisor for Barnsley and Rotherham Chamber of Commerce said. “There has been investment in the town which will increase economic activity and reduce unemployment”.  He goes on to talk about how Dinnington was decimated by the closure of the pit but his main piece, and I make no apologies for quoting it in full goes on as follows. 
“Since then in Dinnington, the local authority, community groups, small businesses and indeed multi-national companies in the form of Tesco and, more recently, Aldi have invested in the town and provided a catalyst to increase economic activity, reduce long term unemployment through new and sustainable employment opportunities and raise the aspirations of local people. It is true we have a long way to go, but certainly with the new Aldi store, a new swimming pool reopened and community spirit as strong as it has been for years, there is certainly an air of optimism in the town, amongst both its residents and local businesses.” 
This guy has definitely missed his calling he should be a fiction writer, this is outrageous electioneering by the Labour Party and the Guardian is a party to this, ask yourself this why has this been printed now? 
Beck should, before putting his name to this drivel, do what I have been doing this morning, out there meeting the people of Dinnington both young and old; then let him tell me these people feel optimistic about the future. 
I have also spoken to the small businesses in the town, his sense of optimism he eulogises about is again hard to find; another shop is about to close its doors in the town centre of Dinnington. 
Notice the language that is used, multi-national companies, as if some giant manufacturing company providing real jobs had decided to move into Dinnington?
Swimming baths re-opened this is an attempt to create the myth that the public baths closed down by the council has suddenly re-emerged, it is a privately owned swimming pool mostly used to charge parents who want have their children given private swimming lessons. 
I am now left wondering, when the Labour Party bought the Dinnington Guardian?
Dave Smith
Independent Candidate Dinnington Ward

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Praise indeed – from the Deputy Leader

Spotted this tweet from Jahangir Akhtar, Deputy Leader Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council, who found favour with us:

Just spotted this endorsement by Rotherham Politics blog “Labour, on the other hand, have the best panel of candidates for years!” -))))

Twitter is limited to 140 characters so brevity is at a premium, the full quote is somewhat less complimentary and more balanced:

“Labour, on the other hand, have the best panel of candidates for years! There are however still some real turkeys seemingly left over from a bygone era!”

Suggestions in the comments please.

Runners and riders in this years steeplechase.