Rawmarsh By-Election Candidate Statement – Martyn Parker

I was born in Kilnhurst and  lived in and around the area for 20 years which included living in the Parkgate  area and attending a local Comprehensive school.

After leaving school I worked  at Central Engineering Workshops and Brinsworth Strip Mill for seven years which  were both part of British Steel.

In 1986,  under Mrs Thatcher’s government, I was made redundant from Brinsworth Strip  Mill, so I experienced at first hand the hardships and sacrifices made by the  working man. However, I channelled this in a positive way and took the  opportunity to retrain which allowed me to secure a job as a vending engineer  where I worked tirelessly for seven years before I decided to make the brave  decision of starting my own vending business, which has now been established for  nearly 20 years.

As we all  know, the common misconception people have of a Conservative is a posh,  privately educated person born with ‘a silver spoon’ but the people of Rawmarsh  can clearly relate to someone such as myself who has strived to work hard for  all of my life and has been committed to providing a living for my family and  contributing to our society.

I know the  value of hard work, I know how tough it can be to provide for your family on a  limited income but at the same time, I know that through perseverance and  dedication, we can achieve anything that we want.

I have  previously been a councillor for RMBC from 2008-2012 and this was a very  significant part of my working life because it allowed me to constructively  challenge the Labour run council and hold them to account but most importantly because it allowed me to serve the people of Wickersley and relate to the issues  affecting them.

My message to the people of Rawmarsh is: a vote for the  Conservative Party is a vote for experience, a vote of absolute commitment to  our local community and a vote for someone who knows how our council works and  how to make sure Rawmarsh is given a fair  representation.

Promoted by Omar Mehban on behalf of Martyn Parker and the  Conservative Party, both at 1b South Terrace, Moorgate Street, Rotherham, S60  2EU

Polling day in the Rawmarsh by-election, is 16th May.

Rawmarsh By-Election News 1st May

The Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition (TUSC) candidate, Andy Gray, will be speaking in Rawmarsh on the 8th of May.

Public Meeting
Wednesday 8th May
At 7-00pm
Earl Grey (Dining Room), High Street, Rawmarsh
Andy Gray TUSC candidate will be speaking among others. Everyone welcome!

TUSC: Andrew Gray

Polling day in the Rawmarsh by-election is 16th May

Rawmarsh By-Election 2013 An Invitation

Invitation to candidates and agents:

Rotherham Politics will be covering the Rawmarsh by-election as completely as we are able. All candidates election materials are welcome to be submitted by candidates or agents, these will be published in the Rawmarsh Ward By-Election 2013 section, if nowhere else. Remember, candidates are in the persuasion business, getting your message out is a top priority, it is in everyone’s interest that we record as much as possible. Send Rothpol jpg and /or pdf files please.

BNP: George Baldwin
Conservative: Martyn Parker
Labour: Lisa Wright
Liberals: Mohammed Meharban
TUSC: Andrew Gray
UKIP: Caven Vines

Rawmarsh By-Election Candidates

BNP: George Baldwin
Conservative: Martyn Parker
Labour: Lisa Wright
Liberals: Mohammed Meharban
TUSC: Andrew Gray
UKIP: Caven Vines

Download Statement of Persons Nominated as a pdf

Backroom Deal… Good Idea?

Some food for thought from Rothpol’s email inbox:

So… a by-election for Rawmarsh in May.

Is this the time for a Respect/TUSC ‘agreement’? A ‘Granita’ moment? As we know, a depressingly large number of voters will always vote for the mainstream parties (in which we now have to include ukip and bnp) so the Respect and TUSC vote comes from a reduced pool. In conversation with ordinary voters during the recent parliamentary by-election (see note at end for a declaration of interest here), the non-partisan voters told me that they could vote for either Respect or TUSC, so is it now time for Respect and TUSC to stand side by side instead of in opposition? Because of Labour mind control (what else could it be? Landslide for Sarah Champion? Seriously?), clear second is the initial goal in these elections. When you are clear second, otherwise politically steadfast voters may turn to you at the next election because you then have the appearence of a viable alternative.

With a pooling of resources, second place is achievable now in 2013, and who knows? First place in 2014 locally? An MP in 2015? I say second place now because it’s realistic. Of course you would be striving for first, but even with Rotherham Labour’s poor record, we know how long it takes to gain a shift in voter loyalty.

I have the feeling that Respect already get this, hence the invite for TUSC people to attend the Respect public meeting early in May, but I worry that if individuals on both sides of the Respect/TUSC fence start to worry about being ‘subsumed’, or not being picked as a candidate, or focussing on the differences between the parties rather than the similarities, then we continue to hand victory, neatly gift wrapped, to the status quo. We should learn from the example of SYRIZA in Greece who terrified the Troika by putting aside their differences and forming a left coalition that the public could support. How did they do this? By focussing on the policies that were shared by all and agreeing to differ on the others.

Personally, I will always look first at an independent candidate’s policies and views because I want an elected representative who answers to me and my neighbours, not to a party hierarchy, or an entrenched ideology (of the left OR right). However, time is short for us now – unnecessary genocidal austerity measures from successive governments compliant to the wishes of the financial elite of the City of London, down to the sometimes bizarre and infuriating council decisions which shock and outrage many of us – and we will have to do whatever it takes to change things quickly.

Which brings me back to my main point; although I would class myself as tending towards an independent candidate, I would now vote for the Respect or TUSC candidate in Rawmarsh… But which one? There are issues and policies from both that I support but I can’t vote for both. If this confusion is repeated amongst the disaffected left (who will never vote labour again) and voters looking for an alternative to the mainstream parties, a split vote between Respect and TUSC is inevitable.

Perhaps George should light up a cigar in a back room somewhere so a deal can be reached?

(On the conflict of interest mentioned in the first paragraph, it’s only fair to say that I got the feedback on Respect and TUSC whilst informally canvassing for Simon Copley, the independent candidate. Simon more than doubled the TUSC vote with no resources and no public awareness – just the ability to make sense to those who talked to him, but just think… a coalition of Copley, Respect and TUSC would have received 2641 votes… That would have been a very healthy third, and an outstanding foundation for elections to follow.)

Warren Vale

Wonder why TUSC Won? Last weekend leaflet!

Maltby by-election: TUSC’s final push

It’s the final weekend before the election to the North ward of Maltby Town Council, and TUSC are making a last big push before polling day on Thursday. A new leaflet is being distributed to residents through the week and another stall was done today (Saturday) on the High Street, which, as with previous stalls, was popular with the general public.

In the new leaflet there is a Q&A in response to questions received on the campaign, addressing questions about TUSC’s stance, agenda and Joe Robinson, their candidate. A new addition has been added to the ‘local issues’ section, about the state of Maltby’s High Street. To quote: “I propose that MTC seeks additional funding for a second street cleaner/community warden… as well as look into measures to stimulate local shops rather than more take-aways/throw-aways!”


During a Town Council meeting last Friday the council discussed issues such as the proposed play area on the New Estate. Whilst having a large unused budget councillors offered to fund a measly 10% towards the project. Councillor Christine Beaumont mentioned the sale of the former Tarran estate (Newland Avenue) for private development, despite the fact it was meant to be replaced with social housing – a TUSC campaigner plus a member of the public backed up this, while Beaumont insisted “there is not enough money for full social housing,” and “a mix of private and social housing is better”.

When a member of the public brought up issues to the town council, such as corruption, unspent money and failure to maintain notice boards, they were quickly shouted down and looked at with contempt. When discussing the failure to maintain and update many notice boards in Maltby, Cllr Beaumont’s response was – “they are the responsibility of Rotherham borough, not Maltby Town council” (despite being Maltby’s responsibility). For asking a few simple questions in a polite manner, a rude response filled with false information was given back; in true MTC style.

Breaking News TUSC Win!!! in Maltby North


372 Bawtry Road, Hellaby, Rotherham, South Yorkshire, S66 8EY

ROBINSON 303 Votes Elected
3 Willow Road, Maltby, Rotherham, South Yorkshire, S66 8DT
Trade Unionists and Socialists Against Cuts

A huge thank you to both candidates, for giving democracy some valuable exercise. Our congratulations go to the winner Joe Robinson, a record breaker in Rotherham and we believe the first win for a TUSC candidate, anywhere!

The TUSC campaign in Maltby is underway

This is a press release from the TUSC campaign:

On Sunday the campaign began for TUSC in Maltby, where Joe Robinson is standing in the North ward for Maltby Town Council. The ward was leafleted on Sunday, outlining who Joe is, his policies and some information about TUSC in Rotherham.

On Monday a stall was set up in the morning near Tesco, where leaflets were handed out to voters about the election, and also a petition on NHS cuts in Rotherham which was quite well received, pictured below.


After the stall a larger portion of the ward was leafleted – many households in the ward should now have received a leaflet, with further campaigning planned at the weekend. Policies outlined include the saving of the bowling greens and tennis courts in Maltby and improving the conditions of parks and greenspaces in the town. Joe has given support to a community group aimed at a new play area for children around the New Estate. Greater transparency and accountability between MTC and the residents of Maltby is also called for and pledged in the leaflet.

The public seem to be quite pleased, being part of the campaign myself I’ve spoke to a few people who like what Joe is standing for and are glad there is a Labour alternative standing in Maltby. No sign of the other candidate, Jeanette Mallinder, yet – whether she’ll be campaigning or not is unknown, for now.

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


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