Previously called The ‘Darren the Defector’ Files, this page has been renamed, The ‘Daz the Defector’ Files to reflect the fact that Daz is trying all he can to get some working class credentials. We would have thought the truth about his humble beginnings would have done that nicely!
This page will carry all the information known to us about Darren, ‘the defector’, Hughes, the Councillor elected in 2008 as a Conservative, who later jumped ship and joined Labour after being recruited by Jahangir Akhtar, to whom he is loyal to this day! Much to the consternation of his Anston & Woodsetts Ward constituents!
Robin Stonebridge the defeated Labour Councillor in 2008, was said to be unhappy at this turn of events and must be similarly unhappy, now that Darren Hughes is the endorsed Labour Candidate this May, one could easily imagine?
It was this election in 2008 that was responsible for this blog getting going in the first place, it was a pivotal moment in Rotherham Political history and marked the major stirring of anti-Labour sentiment in Rotherham.
Darren Hughes – the person:
Born Darren Shaw and ending up Darren Jason Louis Hughes
Darren Hughes – the politician:
Darren Hughes’ political journey has taken him from the Liberals to the Tories and is now a labour man. Loyalty to party does not seem to be one of Darren’s strongest suits?
Darren Hughes – on the Web
Darren Hughes Declaration of Interests
Darren Hughes Declaration of Interests RMBC as of 13 Feb 2012.
Darren Hughes Declaration of Interests RMBC as of 15 Sept 2010
Request for information, any reader who has a copy of any other Declaration of Interests, especially that from 2008 when he was first elected, Rothpol would love to have them. email@example.com.
Darren Hughes – Other Interests:
Chairman Catcliffe parish council.
Rotarian Rotherham Rotary Club
Rotherham Politics links:
Some stories we have already published about this cult wanting to expand in our Borough. They enlisted the help of the then Councillor Darren Hughes, to manipulate the situation to their advantage.Darren Hughes then promptly lost his seat due in … Continue reading
Tonight’s Roth Central CLP AGM cancelled by Mahroof…..reason given, “circumstances outside of our control.” Unless Dazza was his usual incompetent self and simply forgot to book the room, it is hard to see what can have been beyond their control. … Continue reading
Council Meeting Wednesday, 10th September, 2014 2.00 p.m. This meeting is at the Town Hall, open to the public and available online, http://www.rotherham.public-i.tv/core/portal/home Agenda Papers
Who said Sarah Champion MP was ineffectual? Rapid action is her mark in trade. Actually it had to be pointed out to her that lots Labour Councillors lounging around quaffing wine and munching on bangers might not look, er good. … Continue reading
Labour’s rules, now stipulate, all potential candidates, including sitting Labour Party Councillors, must go through the entire selection process, including examination and interview, before they are admitted to the panel, from which Ward Labour Parties may choose to be their … Continue reading
Rothpol brings readers this email exchange of the 7th July 2014. Prompted by the post Rotherham Labour Selections 2015. It illuminates Darren’s attitudes re openness. Rothpol has yet to respond to his last missive, as I have nothing more to … Continue reading
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Snail Mail brought this today: A long hot summer ahead?
A contribution to the fray in the battle for Anston and Woodsetts from the UKIP candidate Bernard Froggatt. This battle is becoming one of the most interesting in the Borough: To read the election leaflets in full: Anston and Woodsetts .
This time it is another letter from Jo Burton. are they worried? They should be, remember Darren in 2012! To read the election leaflets in full: Anston and Woodsetts .
“Labour must be running scared in Dinnington, three different leaflets and a personal letter to all postal voters. It would seem that they feel the necessity to put out a hastily produced leaflet to counter mine. Jacquie Falvey reckons she … Continue reading
Labour’s effort for the European Elections. Click on image to view the whole leaflet.
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Today’s snail mail brought this evidence of change on the horizon, coupled with naked ambition?
Rotherham Politics has documented previously, the rather nasty side of Jahangir Akhtar, AKA Agent Garbo, and his representative on Earth, GraldHunter AKA Donald H Buxton. Their victims have included Roger Stone, Shaun Wright, Sarah Champion, Chris Read, Gerald Smith, Mahroof … Continue reading
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
Our Darren (Daz) Hughes has got himself on the list of candidates for next June’s European Parliamentary Elections, albeit in sixth, or bottom place! Rothpol understands the Labour Party takes a dim view of members of secret societies being their … Continue reading
Yorkshire and The Humber 1. MCAVAN, Linda 2. CORBETT, Richard 3. TUNNICLIFFE , Eleanor 4. KHAN, Asghar 5. MIRFIN-BOUKOURIS, Helen 6. HUGHES , Darren
You’ll get a bloody nose if you take us for granted At a time when national politics is focusing on our possible broken relationship with Europe I feel Dinnington and Anston politics should be looking towards our broken relationship with … Continue reading
Found this picture of ‘the greedy one’ out campaigning with her team. Left to Right; Ken Wyatt, Lisa Wright (Candidate), Darren ‘Daz’ Hughes, Keith Goulty and Shaun Wright (Candidates husband, Rawmarsh Ward Labour Party Secretary, Lisa Wright’s election agent and … Continue reading
Private Eye’s Rotten Boroughs column features our old friend Darren Jason Louis Hughes, no less. Private Eye edition 1339 should be on sale now, do yourself a favour get yourself a copy still only £1:50, there is much more than … Continue reading
Tracey Simpson-Laing, Deputy Leader of the City of York Council and current UK Local Government representative to Europe, seems to have stolen a march on her opponents with her web offering and the impressive group of supporters. Looks like it … Continue reading
The vacancy for the Rawmarsh Ward has now been declared: Declaration of Vacancy, Rawmarsh Ward Two electors needed to ensure an election, get to it! See also: Shaun Wright Steps Down as Borough Councillor LOCAL GOVERNMENT ACT 1972 ROTHERHAM METROPOLITAN BOROUGH … Continue reading
From the Advertiser: Shaun Wright quits Rotherham Council to focus on Police Commissioner role A by-election, at last! In Rawmarsh Ward. Update: There are now two contenders for the Labour nomination. Firstly and current front runner, is Darren Hughes, the … Continue reading
Dear Rotherham Politics readers, Well, well, well, remember that old saying: “turns up just like a bad penny?” … Well that very same phrase went fleetingly through my mind when I read this – http://www.rotherhamadvertiser.co.uk/news/92724/m1-congestion-busting-work-not-enough-.aspx I guess when you’re the … Continue reading →
Dear Rotherham Politics readers, Imagine my surprise when I found this little nugget on Facebook this morning – About Darren I’m a Labour Councillor for the Anston and Woodsetts Ward of Rotherham Borough Council. Is this the triumph of hope … Continue reading →
Dear Rotherham Politics readers, Well well well, just like the bad penny or the smell you get when you have trodden in something on the sidewalk … up pops Del Boy, Da Laybah Champayne Commissar twitter-twattering with Da Stasi Commissaress … Continue reading →
Yesterdays outrage of the Twitter exchange between Cllr Chris Read and Ex-Cllr Darren Hughes, but still Lubyanka Champagne monitor. Much to Chris Read’s credit, he apologised as soon as his factual inaccuracies and extraordinary poor taste was pointed out to … Continue reading →
This just in from Cerberus: It just goes to show how low two Labour supporters will go to score a political point, this Tweet on Darren Hughes site with comments from Cllr Chris Read, they should both be ashamed of … Continue reading →
Rotherham Politics understands that there is another that is a potential ‘pretender’ to the role of Rotherham Member of Parliament. This brings the total to three local Labour members, who are understood to be very interested. Mahroof Hussain MBE and … Continue reading →
When Rotherham Politics published the story, Dominic Beck – files new Interests Declaration, we assumed there would be little interest in this beyond a mere handful. How wrong we were, this post has been well read and commented upon, 373 400 … Continue reading →
Darren Hughes – The Return and featuring in a cameo role that star of THT your very own Cllr Jahangir Akhtar!
The plot so far: A committed Tory jumps ship to oust long serving Labour activist, having managed to hoodwink the great Leader our Z list star takes on the sham role of an Anston Councillor while all the time in … Continue reading →
Rothpol has been asked to give equal prominence to Darren Hughes response in the interests of fairness. I therefore reproduce Darren Hughes statement: From Darren Hughes “I would like to make some factual corrections to your posting. a. Prior to … Continue reading →
Rotherham Politics brings you another interesting exchange of E-Mails regarding the fly posting of Mr Darren Hughes Election posters in and around North and South Anston. I am most highly peeved that MY TAX MONEY has been spent on the … Continue reading →
Dear Rotherham Politics, While perusing the articles, responses and Twitter-twatter of Da Laybah Champain Chattrin Clarsses, I came across this piece of what I can only describe as sheer public Nimbyism – Twitter: Ex Councillor Darren Hughes Waverley phase one … Continue reading →
I would like to tell you of an interesting day out I had, quite by accident, just the other day. As you know by now, I can usually be seen hanging round the Town Hall most of the time, but … Continue reading →
When Rotherham Politics learned of the withdrawal of the planning application to build a Gospel Hall and School for the Exclusive Brethren’s exclusive use, we realised that this withdrawal was strategic rather than permanent. So it has proved to be. … Continue reading →
We quote from a Press release from Rotherham Labour Group: “Councillor Akhtar also expressed his disappointment that Anston and Woodsetts Councillor Darren Hughes narrowly lost his seat saying “Darren had been a great servant to his ward and made an … Continue reading →
Mrs Overall Rolls out the velum scroll , takes up her quill, to bring you and to record for posterity. the momentous events of the recent election for the Anston & Woodsetts Ward. THE RESULTS: Clive Jepson – Independent 1249 … Continue reading →
For those eager readers waiting for full analysis of this years Rotherham local government elections, disappointment, I am afraid is inevitable! It takes time to do this. The highlight of the night came at the very end of the counting … Continue reading →
Greenlands TARA AGM – tonight! Breathless report just in! Darren Hughes turned up! Now there’s a surprise – he has never been at all in the last four years! Judy Dalton was invited – but “could not come” Darren spoke … Continue reading →
RikiLeaks ‘snail mail’ inbox contained today this interesting question and observation on Anston & Woodsetts Tory Labour candidate Darren Hughes: Question: Why is Darren Hughes standing at Anston & Woodssetts and not at Brinsworth & Catcliffe where he belongs? Answer: … Continue reading →
When Rotherham Politics first learned that Iain StJohn was to be Agent for Darren Hughes in the elections this year, we thought that things may well be ‘interesting’ to say the least. Iain StJohn had himself been a subject of … Continue reading →
We have to give Darren one thing, his single minded determination to con the voters of Anston and Woodsetts Ward into re-electing ex-Tory boy, this time, as a Labour candidate! Darren Hughes campaign materials up to now are consistent in … Continue reading →
From: C Jepson Sent: Mon 28/11/2011 16:50 To: Hughes, Darren Subject: Planning Application RB 2011/1568 Proposed School and Gospel Hall Todwick Road/Common Road, North Anston Dear Councillor Hughes, As you were not present at the parish council meeting on the … Continue reading →
DARREN THE DEFECTOR Anston, both North & South is flooded with fly posters for Darren Hughes. They are on lamp posts and telegraph posts. The ones on the telegraph posts are nailed on both top and bottom with what I … Continue reading →
Just in, Clive Jepson’s, quite wonderful election address: To view full size, click on image. After reading, use you browsers back button to return. More developments on the ‘battle for Anston & Woodsetts’ later.
Rotherham Politics is getting into gear for coverage of the local elections on May 3rd! We start with an appeal for information from readers, we are particularly interested in leaflets put out by candidates. If readers have a scanner, they … Continue reading →
Whenever Rotherham Politics even so much as mentions that elections are to be contested by Independent candidates, Labour Trolls come out of the woodwork and criticise anyone who has the temerity to challenge them! Dave Smith is challenging Simon Tweed … Continue reading →
My monthly sojourn, along with that finest of hecklers Mr Lewis, to the Anston comedy club did not disappoint. The only member of the cast who was once again missing, was the amazing quick change artiste Turn Coat Hughes. This … Continue reading →
Rotherham Politics has learned that Tickets are on sale for The best ‘Comedy Club’ in Town – known to us as Anston Parish Council, which takes place on Monday 19th March. Show time 19:00 starting with the supporting programme followed … Continue reading →
Rotherham Politics is grateful to Trambuster for this latest information, which we bring you, to add to the information available of the many ways Rotherham is ‘joined up‘! Mr T thought this link (http://www.homelessuk.org/details.asp?id=HO1009073) should be more widely publicised. Thanks … Continue reading →
RikiLeaks ‘snail mail’ inbox*, the Royal Mail to you and me, has been busy this week. Rotherham Politics brings you the first, received on Monday, concerning Borough Councillor Dominic Beck the member for Wales Ward and Anston parish councillor who … Continue reading →
Labour dominated Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council covers an enormous area of South Yorkshire. It has long been suspected that, through manipulation of qualifying rules and by means of links between Labour representatives, Rotherham is pretty well ‘joined up’! In this … Continue reading →
The Rotherham Advertiser has today placed online, this video of Roger Stone, Martin Kimber and Jahangir Akhtar explaining this years budget. VIDEO: Budget ‘will prioritise Rotherham’s most vulnerable’ Reader sourced reviews will, no doubt, be interesting! Cast List: Roger Stone … Continue reading →
Rotherham Politics brings you a satirical take on last nights meeting of the Anston Comedy Club, also known to us as Anston parish council, from Comedy Correspondent, Dave Smith: Last night I decided to pay a visit to one of … Continue reading →
Couldn’t resist sharing this interesting article from the Guardian website with you: Why Oldham is taking council meetings online Broadcasting proceedings on the web with questions from the public is keeping Councillors on their toes Read on……. Must declare an … Continue reading →
A Rotherham Politics reader brings us news on the feedback resulting from the consultation on the LDF: I’ve just found out that the consultation process of 2011 feedback report has been published: link, http://www.rotherham.gov.uk/downloads/file/6243/feedback_report_january_2012. I’ve had a quick look and … Continue reading →
Acorn Antiques January 2012 Reflections on Meetings of Anston Parish Council by Mrs Overall. 4th January Charity Meeting It was a calm night – no wind blowing. It was calm at the Parish Charity Meeting – no hot air! In … Continue reading →
Following the exposure this week, of the Civil Servant running the Student Loans system and his pay being paid gross in to a private company, avoiding Tax and NI! Have we any such arrangements here in Rotherham? Previous Saturday Questions: … Continue reading →
Last week Rothpol brought you, Darren Hughes & the Exclusive Brethren – ‘Useful Idiot’ or something more? Rothpol sent an Email to Darren asking him this simple question: “The readers of Rotherham Politics are bewildered at your support for the Exclusive …
Darren Hughes, RMBC Councillor for Anston & Woodsetts Ward who actually lives in Catcliffe, has been reported to have worked tirelessly behind the scenes to facilitate this locally unwelcome application for development, in part of Rotherham’s precious green belt at …
Rotherham Politics brings you this objection letter from local resident, Hilary Estrada-Haigh: OBJECTION – TO – PROPOSED SCHOOL & CARETAKER’S HOUSE – COMMON LANE, ANSTON. For the Exclusive Brethren. REASONS: THIS SITE IS IN THE GREEN BELT THIS SITE DOES …
It can be reported that the plans to build a school off Todwick Road with Common Road, Anston have been withdrawn!!!!!! . The advice from officers was for rejection. The decidedly unwelcome application was being fought by the the local …
The Anston parish council chairman wants a chain of office! Anston parish chairmen have managed perfectly well for over 100 years without one, so why propose to buy one now for the chairman, John Ireland, when public funds are to …
A Christian group, with some pretty unchristian practises, has applied to RMBC for planning permission to build a place of worship and a school on greenbelt land at Anston. This application has received the backing of Labour or so it …
When Rik received this Christmas card to the voters of Anston & Woodsetts ward it seemed to add little to our understanding, He was wrong. Rik, despite many years of experience to call upon, could not remember ever receiving a …
Darren Hughes has been taking out half page advertisements trying to convince the voters of the Anston & Woodsetts ward that despite turning his backs on them by defecting to Labour, he should be re-elected. The latest example is now …
Rotherham Politics has learned that Darren Hughes was selected by Anston & Woodsetts Ward Labour Party at a recent meeting. Darren Hughes will be seeking to overturn his own substantial majority (520) he obtained over Robin Stonebridge in 2008 as …
Anston councillor Stonebridge quits Published on Wednesday 17 October 2007 CHAIRMAN Robin Stonebridge quit Anston Parish Council this week amid an atmosphere of ‘distrust and verbal agression’ from a handful of parishoners. Coun Stonebridge, who will still represent Anston and …
The position with regard to the current round of Labour Selection/ re-selection meetings taking place around the Borough: Anston and Woodsetts Ward: Darren Jason Louis Hughes plus one other candidate to replace Jo Burton. Retread, Robin Stonebridge, is reportedly trying …
Darren Hughes was elected four years ago as a Tory Councillor for Anston & Woodsetts Ward. He defeated the sitting Labour Member, Robin Stonebridge, by the considerable margin of a more than 500 vote majority! Darren fell out with his …
More Jottings from a “Quality Parish Council” from Mrs Overall November 2011 Charity meeting 7pm start Finance meeting follows Well it is in the air that Robin Stonebridge wants to step into Jo Burton’s shoes as Borough Councillor Will prince …
So it looks like jobs for the boys again, Darren Hughes and Robin Stonebridge. Just to remind your readers, Cllr Hughes stood as a Tory against Robin Stonebridge who was then the Labour Councillor for Anston and Woodsetts. Cllr Hughes …
Thanks to readers it can now be reported that two more of next years crop have fallen on their own swords. Firstly the veteran Councillor Sheila Walker, currently member for Keppel Ward largely made up of Thorpe Hesley, is standing …
This is the time of year that all local politicians dread, at least those involved in selection or reselection battles for next years May council elections, that is! I bring you the full list of sitting labour councillors who’s term …
This photograph, by Simon Collett, supplied by Vic to whom we are grateful, thanks, was taken at the end of last nights most successful Public Meeting. The meeting took place in the Middleton Hall (DART) on Barleycroft Lane, Dinnington. Click …
@darrenjlhughes Darren Hughes Typical, my Porsche has special tyres which they can’t get until Tuesday Looks like I’ll be phoning round tomorrow whilst stuck in Liverpool Spotted this the other day, thought it might amuse you. Darren Hughes lets his …
I thought it might be interesting to take a quick look at sitting councillors on RMBC who would be expecting to be fighting their seats for their party at the local elections next May. Unless their Party tells them otherwise, …
Darren Hughes the Tory councillor from Anston and Woodsetts Ward who famously jumped ship, defecting to Labour, has received his reward at last! He is now Chairman of the Self Regulation Select Commission that will pay him an additional £13,000! …
As I understand it, until the recent furore, Wales Ward was looking forward to the local elections, expecting the candidates to be, Dominic Beck for Labour and Gavin Sharp the sitting Tory councillor. In recent years Wales Ward has developed …
Let the figures speak for themselves! Greed by Individual Councillor 2009-10 Rank Name 2009-10 Ward Up Next Year 1 Roger Stone £45,407.72 Silverwood Yes 2 Terry Sharman £34,062.38 Wingfield Yes 3 Richard Russell £29,127.27 Hoober No 4 Gerald Smith £28,730.15 …