Rotherham East Ward – Labour’s candidates revealed

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Rotherham East Ward – Labour’s candidates revealed: Perhaps these three of Labour’s finest, would like to introduce themselves to our readers? Something in the comments should suffice. Shakoor Adalat is the candidate it turns out, in addition to our old … Continue reading

Down Memory Lane

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Originally posted on Rotherham Politics:
John Wilkinson has reminded us of the time when Jahangir Akhtar got his nickname. From the Guardian: Councillor joined drunken brawl Martin Wainwright The Guardian, Wednesday 19 June 2002 08.47 BST A Labour councillor caught…

Mob Rule?

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Yesterdays outrageous scenes outside the Town Hall were followed by more at Riverside House: Readers may not wish to miss this insight into the mindset behind this kind of outrageous behaviour that has no place in a democracy: Time to … Continue reading

Lunchtime Town Hall Protest

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Reports are coming in of an impromptu Lunchtime Town Hall Protest by Taxi Drivers! They are reported to be unhappy with the new arrangements for the licensing of Companies and Drivers, together with new standards for vehicles. The old ‘system’ … Continue reading

Kazoku Questions?

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The as yet unanswered questions, that relate to the Kazoku Karate Club, fall into two main areas of concern. The first relating to the premises from which they operate and secondly, the personnel that run the club and provide instruction … Continue reading

Guilty of a crime of ‘thuggery’ – then objects to being called a ‘thug’!

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Down memory lane with this the second newspaper clipping! All I can suggest to Jahangir Akhtar, if he doesn’t like being called a ‘thug’, it would have been better if he hadn’t showed this side of his character to everyone! … Continue reading

Akhtar, the BNP and the English Defence League need each other; or why he hates Respect

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Asbo is happiest on the anti-fascism, anti-racism soap box, becoming the leader, the man of substance he wants to be. He is sure of his ground and the support of his community. With Respect he changes tone, more the abusive … Continue reading

Down Memory Lane

John Wilkinson has reminded us of the time when Jahangir Akhtar got his nickname.

From the Guardian:

Councillor joined drunken brawl

A Labour councillor caught up in a drunken fight in a restaurant was yesterday given 130 hours’ community service.

“Jahangir Akhtar, 41, was spared a prison term because of his record of helping community relations in Rotherham, where the row broke out between diners last September.

Hull crown court was told that Akhtar, a member of the controlling Labour group on Rotherham council, played a leading role in kicking and punching a customer. Judge Simon Lawler described the attack as “a serious incident which led to a number of people being injured and needing hospital treatment”.

After the hearing, Akhtar said he would continue as a councillor. “I will serve my community no matter what happens. Whether that is in the Labour party largely depends on the reaction today.”

The court heard that Akhtar, a taxi driver in Rotherham, went to the Minar Balti restaurant in response to a mobile phone call from his brother Tesadiq Hussein, 31, who was drunk and abusive and falsely claimed that he had been attacked by staff.

Akhtar, his son Azzizum, 20, and his brother Shabbir, a 36-year-old martial arts instructor, arrived at about 11.30pm. Fighting broke out.

“Shabbir Akhtar struck a blow to a customer eating his meal and then Jahangir Akhtar joined in the assault on him,” said Rodney Jameson, prosecuting. “The man was kicked and punched and fell to the floor and was punched again. He got a black eye.”

Judge Lawler told Akhtar that he had been given glowing references including an accolade from a former police commander in Rotherham.

Hussein was jailed for 14 months for his part in the affray; Azzizum Akhtar was given 80 hours of community service and Shabbir Akhtar 130 hours”

One is forced to question why this bully and thug was ever allowed back in the Labour Party? This man and his sons are an utter disgrace and have no place in public life!

For students of Jahangir:

What may be perfectly legal but totally unacceptable politically?

It is often the case in politics that when lawyers get involved in pursuit of their clients interests, against the wishes of a reluctant party, when it becomes public it doesn’t look good to say the least and is often … Continue reading

Rotherham Taxis – War Looms!

News has reached Rotherham Politics of further strife amongst Rotherham’s Taxi drivers.

On one side are the Hackney Carriage drivers, who are believed backed by Jahangir Akhtar, who was once one of them, and on the other are the far more numerous, Private Hire Taxi drivers, believed backed by Mahroof Hussain assisted by Sajid Bostan the vice chair of the Private Hire Taxi Association and *Mahroof’s brother in law.

There have been a number of meetings recently concerning these disputes between the two different types of Taxis. This is understood to emanate, from promises made to the Private Hire Taxi drivers during last November’s Rotherham By-Election campaign. Promises that would likely be unlawful if implemented, and which would ‘drive a coach and horses’ through the distinction between the two types of taxis!

There have been many concerns raised over this issue and the Licensing Committee certainly have questions to answer about their diligence on behalf of Rotherham’s citizens in respect to the licensing of taxi drivers.

Would like to be a fly on the wall in tomorrows meeting in the Lubyanka! More news later.

From RMBC Website: Hackney Carriages and Private Hire Vehicle (minicab).

*Sajid Bostan has rung confirming that he is not married to Mahroof Hussain’s sister and not therefore, A brother in law. My apologies for any upset caused!

Started the process of reviewing Mondays events and the phone conversations I had with Sajid Bostan, Afzar Afsars and others. Will report on their extraordinary contents later, in a separate posting.

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………