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Operation Stovewood – Police launch new child sex abuse investigation

Police launch new child sex abuse investigation A MAJOR incident room will be set up as part of a multi-million pound independent investigation into child sex exploitation in Rotherham launched this week by the National Crime Agency. The Operation Stovewood … Continue reading

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‘It’s the most difficult job in Britain’

Incoming Rotherham children’s chief: ‘It’s the most difficult job in Britain’ Ian Thomas vows to deal with the ‘toxic’ mess of Rotherham children’s services as he takes over following the sexual abuse scandal http://www.theguardian.com/society/2014/dec/17/ian-thomas-rotherham-childrens-services-sexual-abuse-difficult-job?CMP=share_btn_tw&commentpage=1

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A Straw Man?

Too good to miss? This straw man comment from Billings is rather suspicious “Dr Alan Billings, South Yorkshire police and crime commissioner, said: “The campaign understands CSE isn’t just gangs and grooming and trafficking. ” http://www.thestar.co.uk/news/child-sex-abuse-not-just-gangs-and-grooming-warns-pcc-at-launch-of-spot-the-signs-campaign-1-6971943 Well we know it … Continue reading

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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

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Jahangir Akhtar – Another indicator of mindset?

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My attention has been drawn to Jahangir Akhtar’s twitter feed once more. After all he knows British Muslim Youth and South Yorkshire Muslim Forum are just stunts to court publicity. Following Mahroof Hussain’s MO in that the creation of deceptive … Continue reading

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Daily Mirror – Girl, 13, told ‘your rape complaint will spoil the police doctor’s Sunday lunch’

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Girl, 13, told ‘your rape complaint will spoil the police doctor’s Sunday lunch’ Dec 10, 2014 22:30 By Lucy Thornton The teenager was allegedly attacked in scandal-hit Rotherham and told her mother when she was drunk Read on: http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/girl-13-told-your-rape-4786203

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Jahangir Akhtar – Losing It?

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Jahangir Akhtar is showing signs of distress, if this threat is anything to go by? Wonder who he is threatening here? Jahangir was doomed, from the moment this Report was published! Click on image to download/read:

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Taxi licensing consultation – Radio Sheffield Discussion

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The subject under discussion on BBC Radio Sheffield on the Eastern Air programme tonight, is the Licensing of the Taxi Trade in Rotherham. A senior officer responsible for licensing will be on air providing explanations and answering questions. Wonder if … Continue reading

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Some Missing Files Found?

Today’s Radio 4 PM program at 5PM – and quite unmissable half way at 17:30. http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b04sxzqv Link provided by RR, thanks.

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Tiser Editor “not ashamed” of scandal coverage

The weekly editor whose paper was scooped by the nationals over the Rotherham child abuse scandal has defended its coverage of the story. Andrew Mosley, editor of the Rotherham Advertiser, took part in a panel discussion today with the journalist … Continue reading

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Friday Night is Film Night!

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Was reminded of this little piece, created by the Roth Brad Politics dirty tricks campaign. Reported previously as, Seems Rotherham Politics has upset someone?, worth a read for the comments alone. Now, for some reason, the video has been removed from … Continue reading

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Unity Centre Meeting – Video Broadcast

BBC Radio Sheffield has brought key figures from the community together for a public debate about how the town moves on. Video of the meeting held at the Unity Centre – Sunday 23rd November 2014. http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p02ct2r4 rothperson

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The Bishop of Sheffield on The Rotherham Abuse Scandal

The Bishop of Sheffield delivers the first part of his Presidential Address to Synod reflecting on the Jay Report in Rotherham. The Christian Church has been almost silent on the scandal so far. Judging by this – maybe they should … Continue reading

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Remember when we were told, CSE was a myth?

Not long after the first rumblings of the enormous problem Rotherham has, a blog by the name of Roth Brad Politics came into existence. On the 23 January 2013 this post appeared. It gives many clues as to the arguments … Continue reading

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Lakin the inadequate and his bullies

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You could not simply make it up. It’s like a series of Yes Prime Minister and then some. Only in Rotherham, the capital of rotten boroughs, can someone who presided over a national scandal then be promoted to leader. This … Continue reading

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Another Interesting Ofsted Report Published

Ofsted has also published this interesting and informative report today: The sexual exploitation of children: it couldn’t happen here, could it? The sexual exploitation of children it couldn’t happen here, could it.doc The sexual exploitation of children it couldn’t happen … Continue reading

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Breaking News – Ofsted Report Published

Ofsted brand’s Rotherham’s childrens services ‘inadequate’ in new report http://www.thestar.co.uk/news/crime/ofsted-brand-s-rotherham-s-childrens-services-inadequate-in-new-report-1-6960311 The actual Ofsted report is here: http://www.ofsted.gov.uk/sites/default/files/documents/local_authority_reports/rotherham/053_Single%20inspection%20of%20LA%20children%27s%20services%20and%20review%20of%20the%20LSCB%20as%20pdf.pdf RR

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not the Wednesday Press

Latest Update: Ukip overrules Reckless claim that EU migrants could be asked to leave http://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2014/nov/19/ukip-mark-reckless-immigrants-rochester-and-strood Ukip’s Mark Reckless: immigrants may be asked to go if Britain quits EU (all the MSM are running versions of this story) http://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2014/nov/19/ukip-mark-reckless-immigrants-rochester-and-strood http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/politics/ukip/11239559/Rochester-by-election-row-over-Ukip-immigration-comments.html http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2840189/Ukip-candidate-jeered-hinting-EU-arrivals-repatriated.htmlContinue reading

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Wednesday’s News starts early

Grateful to or spotter for this which starts early today as there will be much in the media: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2839600/Ten-police-officers-investigation-Rotherham-child-abuse-scandal-watchdog-confirms.html The Guardian: Rotherham: 10 officers face inquiry South Yorkshire officers were identified in Jay report, which found that 1,400 children had … Continue reading

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Meeting Toby Foster & Sarah Champion

There is a meeting Sunday next 2pm on the topic of Child Sexual Exploitation – I believe it will be “hosted” by BBC Sheffield – Toby Foster with Sarah Champion. Venue – The Unity Centre Rotherham – if you intend … Continue reading

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The Communities and Local Government Committee – Report Published

The Communities and Local Government Committee will publish its Third Report of Session 2014-15, Child sexual exploitation in Rotherham: some issues for local government (HC 648), on Tuesday 18 November at 00.01am. 3rd Report – Child sexual exploitation in Rotherham: … Continue reading

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Rotherham’s Panto Season

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Grateful to whoever sent me this by post. Fair made Rothpol chuckle, sure it will amuse you too:

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A Motley Monday Press with some we may have missed earlier.

99 per cent of taxi driver complaints ‘end in stalemate’ says Sheffield Council officer http://www.thestar.co.uk/news/99-per-cent-of-taxi-driver-complaints-end-in-stalemate-says-sheffield-council-officer-1-6953226 Eurosceptic and male? Join the Peter Party! Fewer than 10% of those Ukip’s 2015 candidate list are female. http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/eurosceptic-and-male-join-the-peter-party-9863483.html Anger and apathy in the glory … Continue reading

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The Jay Report – A 3 Part Critique

The report’s good, but not that good, and shouldn’t be taken as gospel. Part 1: “it’s all about race; it’s not all about race; it’s all about leadership; it’s all about reporting.  Whatever your agenda is, you’ll find something in … Continue reading

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Rotherham’s new children’s director promises ‘sense of urgency’ – interview.

Breaking News: http://www.lgcplus.com/briefings/services/childrens-services/rotherhams-new-childrens-director-promises-sense-of-urgency/5076650.article?blocktitle=Latest-Local-Government-News&contentID=2249 Note final para: “Ofsted chief inspector Sir Michael Wilshaw wrote to education secretary Nicky Morgan last month to warn of a “widespread and serious failure” to protect children in the town. A full Ofsted report on Rotherham’s … Continue reading

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Sarah says “never again”

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Regular Reader spotted this in Progress:

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Comments On Labour’s Failure In Rotherham

LP Central would never willingly have held an inquiry into their Rotherham Constituencies, if that’s what we have. Despite mounting evidence from such as the report of Keith Vaz’s Home Affairs Committee, the Andrew Norfolk articles and a number of … Continue reading

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The suspensions that never were?

In the wake of the publication of Prof Alexis Jay’s report, Labour announced the suspension of four members in Rotherham. Fine words were spoken: “We’ve acted as we can to have the accountability and transparency we need in Rotherham. We … Continue reading

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Press – Sunday 9 Nov 2014

Shocking hotel footage captures moment girl aged 13 is lured into room to be raped by paedophile The sickening footage, part of a grooming investigation which led to five men being jailed for a total of 27 years, will feature … Continue reading

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Star – Shame ‘keeping Asian girls in Rotherham silent on abuse’

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From today’s Star, spotted by RR:

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Women Against Rape – Questions

Child Rape in Rotherham: Questions rape survivors, parents and the general public want answers to. WAR was founded in 1976. It has won changes in the law, such as making rape in marriage a crime, set legal precedents and achieved … Continue reading

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Ed Miliband – the Albatrosses hanging round his neck?

The current Labour Leader, has failed to convince, even his own supporters, that he is genuine Prime Minister material at the General Election next May! In South Yorkshire the sense of abandonment by Labour, is palpable amongst the citizens of … Continue reading

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BBC – Just Culture

Just Culture Margaret Heffernan explores why big organisations so often make big mistakes – and asks if the cure could be the aviation industry’s model of a “just culture”. In the past ten years, there have been a string of … Continue reading

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Press – 3 Nov 2014

The Scum return: http://www.thestar.co.uk/news/local/businesses-unhappy-as-edl-plan-new-rotherham-march-at-weekend-1-6931375#comments-area Rotherham can become a beacon of Muslim hope http://www.thestar.co.uk/news/rotherham-can-become-a-beacon-of-muslim-hope-1-6930332 (An old Mubeen puff-piece, first “featured” in the ‘tizer about a month ago – as I seem to remember). Eleven children reported missing in South Yorkshire – … Continue reading

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Press – 2 Nov 2014

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From the Observer: Click on images to read the article in full. .

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Saturday Press 1 Nov 2014

If readers spot something that should be highlighted here please leave the link in a comment please. Rothpol Rik. From the Star: Fiona Woolf quits as head of national inquiry into historic child sex abuse cases The chairwoman of a … Continue reading

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Today’s Times leader

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Thanks again to Regular Reader for this scan.

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Andrew Norfolk – Interview by Sikh Awareness Society

Published on 21 Nov 2012 Cutting edge report with leading UK Journalist Andrew Norfolk and the Sikh Awareness Society on sexual grooming gangs in Britain. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WbUIfvYbjRc rothperson

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Press Round-Up 29 Oct 2014

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Leader : http://www.thetimes.co.uk/tto/opinion/leaders/article4250845.ece http://www.thetimes.co.uk/tto/news/uk/crime/article4251036.ece http://www.thetimes.co.uk/tto/news/uk/crime/article4251029.ece http://www.thetimes.co.uk/tto/news/uk/crime/article4250985.ece Click on images to enlarge: __________ only other story is about Manchester http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-manchester-29814588 (and that will not be properly out until this afternoon when Ann Coffee presents the report.) Regular Reader From the Star: Half … Continue reading

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Star – 3 brothers story

As is all too often the case, the Star gets it only part right. In fact, Jay refers to four men from one family, responsible for 54 victims. Three or more of these may be brothers, but whatever, they are … Continue reading

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One not to be missed? BBC Radio 4 – The Last Taboo?

On BBC Radio 4 tonight at 20:00 The Last Taboo? File on 4 As inquiries into child abuse in Rotherham continue, File on 4 investigates claims of a hidden problem of sexual abuse within Britain’s Asian communities. While the victims … Continue reading

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Press 28 Oct 2014

Old Labour jailbird Denis MacShane causes division in Ukip: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/politics/11190759/Old-Labour-jailbird-Denis-MacShane-causes-division-in-Ukip.html Three brothers ‘abused 54 girls in Rotherham – but remain at large’ http://www.thestar.co.uk/news/local/three-brothers-abused-54-girls-in-rotherham-but-remain-at-large-1-6920141 DAVID BLUNKETT: Yes, specific parts of Britain are being ‘swamped’ by migrants – and we politicians must … Continue reading

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UKIP’s Poster Campaign Launch

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These photos show the UKIP poster campaign launch at Parkgate recently. One with the kippers on parade and one without, interested to hear from readers of their reactions. Not just the Labour apologists, please. http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/millionaire-donor-paul-sykes-gives-ukip-15m-in-bid-to-win-100-seats-in-parliament-9819415.html From the Elections Files: UKIP … Continue reading

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Around the Press 27 Oct 2014

Starting us off this Monday a few press articles. Should reader see something we have missed then let us know, thanks Rik. From the Star: Jay report could be tip of iceberg when it comes to child abuse – special … Continue reading

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Was BBC Look North conned?

The stills of the main players featured in the recent BBC Look North broadcast: Readers help requested We are particularly interested in establishing any links between those featured above, and any relationships they may have to any serving Councillor?

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Labour Party – No action for two full months!

It is now two months, since Prof Jay’s damning report into the past failures in Rotherham was published. The continuing problems she exposed afflict our Town, even today and go unrecognised and unpunished. There is still much to learn from … Continue reading

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Suddenly Shy? Is Mahroof on ‘borrowed time’?

The list of questions for Mahroof Hussain grows ever longer. For a politician Mahroof, has suddenly become extraordinarily coy, when it comes to answering any questions at all, no matter who asks them. It is becoming evident that political cowardice, … Continue reading

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Kevin’s got some front!

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No explanation necessary beyond our sources own comment, Kevin Barron proclaiming to be the answer to solving Rotherham’ CSE?:

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Concerns ignored by Home Office

ROTHERHAM’s horrific abuse concerns were raised with the Home Office and the town’s MP but never acted on, The Yorkshire Post can reveal. http://www.yorkshirepost.co.uk/news/main-topics/general-news/exclusive-mp-and-home-office-failed-to-act-on-rotherham-grooming-11-years-ago-1-6913834 …in 2009 they wrote to Denis MacShane with a five page letter detailing abuse concerns made … Continue reading

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The Star – Rotherham child abuse case police officers face inquiry

The Star – Rotherham child abuse case police officers face inquiry Fourteen South Yorkshire police officers face investigation after a report criticised the force for its handling of child sexual exploitation (CSE) investigations in Rotherham. The officers have been referred … Continue reading

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A Readers Tale

4 weeks ago I was on my way home from my business heading up Wellgate towards Clifton roundabout about 6.00pm, a black car pulled up and 3 Asian men got out leaving the driver inside, out of the rear drivers … Continue reading

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Yet more questions for Mahroof

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The next series of questions relate to the same source, Denis MacShane’s book, Prison Diaries. Were you present at this meeting? What was your view? . . . . . . . . . . . A couple of other … Continue reading

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Anti Fascist Network Demo

Soap Dodgers On Parade ! Leeds Anti-Fascist Network will be staging a demonstration in Rotherham on Saturday 25th October. Allegedly, against child abuse and the far-right’s response to it. Unlikely to be anything like the scale of the recent EDL, … Continue reading

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More questions for Mahroof

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Mahroof Hussain has so far avoided answering any of the questions put to him by readers, by adopting the ‘Ostrich position’. There are many questions that flow from the pages of Denis MacShane’s latest book that Mahroof will be forced … Continue reading

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The Devil is in the detail

As is often the case with Parliamentary Select Committee reports, in order to understand, it is necessary to study the detailed evidence supplied to the committee in addition, to the overall report, which is little more than an attempt at … Continue reading

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Cabinet Webcast last Wednesday

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In all the excitement last week, I quite forgot about the Cabinet webcast. Click on image below to watch it yourself:

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Straight from the horses mouth

We now have it straight from the horses mouth as it were. At the cabinet meeting of Rotherham Borough Council 15 October, I asked what were the duties of cabinet member’s senior advisers and advisers. The leader, councillor Lakin, stated … Continue reading

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Some Star stories 18 Oct 2014

Joyce Thacker gets £40,000 pay-off from Rotherham Council http://www.thestar.co.uk/news/local/exclusive-shamed-joyce-thacker-gets-40-000-pay-off-from-rotherham-council-following-child-sexual-exploitation-scandal-1-6903007 Former crime commissioner Shaun Wright unable to back up claim of 100 messages of support http://www.thestar.co.uk/news/local/former-crime-commissioner-shaun-wright-unable-to-back-up-claim-of-100-messages-of-support-1-6902966 Call to investigate suspected Rotherham ‘cover-up’ after key child abuse files stolen http://www.thestar.co.uk/news/local/call-to-investigate-suspected-rotherham-cover-up-after-key-child-abuse-files-stolen-1-6903013

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Home Affairs Committee – Sixth Report Child sexual exploitation and the response to localised grooming: follow-up

Download/read a copy of the report as a .pdf,click here. Don’t miss this important Evidence from the report Readers attention is drawn to this important evidence you may have missed? Paul Lakin’s response: http://www.rotherham.gov.uk/news/article/282/statement_from_cllr_paul_lakin_leader_of_the_council Press Comment Rotherham abuse scandal: MPs … Continue reading

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Andrew Norfolk – Police officer took bribes from grooming gang, claims charity

Police officer took bribes from grooming gang, claims charity Andrew Norfolk and Richard Ford Home Correspondent Published at 12:01AM, October 18 2014 A corrupt police officer was on the payroll of men who targeted and sexually abused children in Rotherham, … Continue reading

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Tip of the iceberg?

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The Guardian front page story of today: . . . . . . . . . . . . . From the BBC: Police chief warns of more Rotherham-style abuse cases

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Hot off the Press – UKIP ask further questions

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UKIP have been busy. This is the second of the day: Dear Rotherham Politics Attached is a Press Release issued this afternoon by UKIP Rotherham. The Press Release stems from letters Councillor Caven Vines has sent to Paul Lakin, Leader of RMBC.This … Continue reading

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News and Shorts 15th Oct 2014

Regular Readers selection from the news. If readers see something, not yet posted? Be grateful if you would let us know, Rik. Sarah Champion appoints child sexual exploitation specialist Jayne Senior (who managed the Risky Business group) http://www.sarahchampionmp.com/sarah-appoints-child-sexual-exploitation-specialist-jayne-senior/ and http://www.yorkshirepost.co.uk/news/main-topics/politics/charity-worker-who-fought-to-expose-rotherham-child-abuse-to-work-for-victims-1-6895763Continue reading

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News and Shorts 14th Oct 2014

If readers see something, not yet posted? Be grateful if you would let us know, Rik. From the Yorkshire Post: ‘Bullying’ to blame for Rotherham sex abuse crisis What to do you do in Brussels when you’re an MEP that … Continue reading

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News and Shorts 13th Oct 2014

If readers see something, not yet posted? Be grateful if you would let us know, Rik. First up today is a reflection from inside the Rotherham Labour Party: News from Rotherham Constituency Labour Party: At the conclusion of last Thursday’s … Continue reading

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Communities and Local Government Committee – Looks at Rotherham – Live!

The Communities and Local Government Committee, meets today to take evidence from those listed below. Business starts at 16:15 with Alexis Jay and Paul Lakin at 17:15 watch it yourself here, click this link . Webcast will appear at 16:15. … Continue reading

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Don’t miss – BBC Inside Out Tonight!

Been given the heads up about the Inside Out programme on BBC One tonight at 19:30. Not to be missed, I understand. To watch it on BBC iPlayer, click here. Samira Ahmed is the person responsible for the Rotherham section … Continue reading

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The Star are really talking the Britain First demo up – totally irresponsible!

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A selection of the local news from Regular Reader: https://twitter.com/beauchefcharlie/status/517936470490107904 http://www.thestar.co.uk/news/local/extra-police-on-duty-in-rotherham-for-march-over-child-sex-abuse-scandal-1-6875083 compare: http://www.rotherhamadvertiser.co.uk/news/96924/saturday-demo-should-not-impact-on-town-centre.aspx and of course http://www.southyorks.police.uk/news-syp/proposed-demonstrations-rotherham-and-sheffield-weekend

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Press Round-Up Wednesday 1 October 2014

Regular Readers daily selection from the press and news: Another far-right group is to march through Rotherham – this time Britain First. http://www.southyorkshiretimes.co.uk/news/local/another-protest-group-to-march-through-rotherham-1-6867495 I know nothing about this blog, but it seems to know a bit about Britain First – … Continue reading

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Press Round-Up Tuesday 30 Sept 2014

Regular Readers selection from the press and news: http://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2014/sep/30/south-yorkshire-police-rotherham-child-abuse http://www.itv.com/news/calendar/update/2014-09-30/hm-inspectors-report-on-south-yorkshire-police/ with video http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-south-yorkshire-29415897 http://www.thestar.co.uk/news/local/south-yorkshire-police-under-fire-over-child-protection-1-6867957 http://www.thestar.co.uk/news/letters-opinion/opinion-time-to-get-it-right-1-6868434 Good interview  piece on Radio4 Today at about 7:50

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Saggy & Sajid – Some pictures as requested

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A collection of pictures sent in over the last 24 hours, grateful to you all. Saggy, his ‘best friend’ Sajid Bostan and Sarah Champion, who may well be regretting this photo opportunity. https://twitter.com/zahir_monir/status/498797600452407297/photo/1 .

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Guardian – Andrew Norfolk interview

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Sent this link by a friend. This is a very interesting article in the Guardian, not to be missed:

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More Duplicity on Sunday

A reader spotted this and wanted others to see it too: This consists of an apparently unwarranted attack upon Emma Hoddinott, by one of Mahroof Hussain’s most loyal foot soldiers. https://twitter.com/zahir_monir/status/516265428629618688 Known a ‘Saggy’ to his mates, Zahir Monir is … Continue reading

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News Round-Up Sunday 28 Sept 2014

Regular Readers selection from the press and news: No trouble at Stand up to UKIP match. http://www.thestar.co.uk/news/local/no-trouble-at-ukip-march-in-doncaster-1-6865543 (I hate the way that the Star stretches images. This is how that cop image started out: http://www.thestar.co.uk/webimage/1.6865542.1411890614!/image/1501958653.jpg Survation poll for the Rotherham … Continue reading

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Press Round-Up Saturday 27 Sept 2014

Regular Readers selection from the press and news: The Press appears to have no coverage today on the Rotherham CSE crisis. But lots on the UKIP Conference – and its emphasis on Rotherham. The one piece possibly worth reading – … Continue reading

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Openness, transparency – not in Rotherham Labour!

This thought piece, comes courtesy of someone who does not wish to be identified other than as AP, Rik’s thanks go to them. I reproduce it here because I thought readers would be interested: As a citizen for whom going … Continue reading

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Press Round-Up Friday 26 Sept 2014

Latest: http://www.thestar.co.uk/news/doncaster-child-protection-boss-caught-up-in-rotherham-sex-abuse-scandal-breaks-silence-1-6860263 Regular Reader’s selection for today, thanks: After Rotherham, councils are told to review child protection http://www.yorkshirepost.co.uk/news/main-topics/politics/after-rotherham-councils-are-told-to-review-child-protection-1-6862096 Doncaster child protection boss caught up in Rotherham sex abuse scandal breaks silence http://www.southyorkshiretimes.co.uk/news/local/doncaster-child-protection-boss-caught-up-in-rotherham-sex-abuse-scandal-breaks-silence-1-6860263 Bradford: Care home worker’s grooming concerns ‘not followed … Continue reading

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Day Thirty One – News Round-Up

Regular Readers selection of the press to start us off: http://www.yorkshirepost.co.uk/news/main-topics/general-news/nearly-50-abuse-cases-still-open-in-rotherham-1-6859365 http://home.bt.com/lifestyle/motoring/motoringnews/cab-laws-could-put-youths-at-risk-11363934274748 http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/rotherham-sex-scandal-police-investigating-4317083 http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-south-yorkshire-29344540 http://www.thestar.co.uk/news/local/labour-promise-victims-law-in-wake-of-rotherham-scandal-1-6858622 News on Emma Hoddinott: http://www.hulldailymail.co.uk/Scandal-hit-Rotherham-Council-appoints-Beverley/story-22978594-detail/story.html Updates: http://www.thestar.co.uk/news/local/labour-choose-former-sheffield-parish-priest-as-south-yorkshire-pcc-candidate-1-6859125 http://www.rotherhamadvertiser.co.uk/news/96886/labour-and-ukip-name-pcc-candidates.aspx

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The Star – VIDEO: Muslim protest against Rotherham child abuse held ‘without incident’

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Thanks to the ever observant Regular Reader, for spotting this online report. The Star reports on Saturday’s Rotherham Demonstration. Click on image  to read in full and to watch the video, maybe the start of some objectivity at last, unless … Continue reading

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Day Twenty Five – News Round-Up

Newsflash: Thacker Quits!! http://www.rotherham.gov.uk/news/article/254/statement_regarding_joyce_thacker http://www.yorkshirepost.co.uk/ http://news.sky.com/story/1338825/rotherham-childrens-services-boss-steps-down http://www.thestar.co.uk/news/local/joyce-thacker-leaves-rotherham-council-by-mutual-agreement-1-6851594 First up is this selection from the news by Regular Reader: http://www.thestar.co.uk/news/local/new-pcc-vote-to-cost-1-6m-home-office-1-6849246 http://www.thestar.co.uk/news/local/shaun-wright-s-replacement-will-face-very-significant-challenges-1-6849248 http://www.thestar.co.uk/news/local/hundreds-of-muslims-to-attend-rotherham-meeting-on-abuse-scandal-1-6849244 http://www.rotherhamadvertiser.co.uk/news/96861/anston-parish-meeting-terminated-after-row.aspx http://www.yorkshirepost.co.uk/news/main-topics/general-news/now-rotherham-children-s-boss-goes-on-indefinite-sick-leave-as-shaun-wright-deputy-passed-over-1-6847899 http://www.express.co.uk/news/uk/512444/Rotherham-Council-Child-Abuse-Sick-130000

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Disarray at Rotherham Ward

Intercepted from t’internet: Just back. When I got to the meeting there were insufficient seats for the numbers there. It was packed with Asians who I had never seen before (sleepers). Before the meeting commenced, a member asked (through the … Continue reading

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Day Twenty Four – News

News Latest: There is a van going down Moor Lane South Ravenfield, with a loud speaker calling Rotherham Council Out repeatedly! From the Star: http://www.thestar.co.uk/news/local/shaun-wright-s-former-deputy-rejected-for-interim-pcc-role-1-6847873 http://www.thestar.co.uk/news/local/joyce-thacker-goes-off-work-on-sick-leave-rotherham-council-confirm-1-6847577 ————————————————————————— Healey denies Times report: http://www.politicshome.com/uk/article/104570/healey_denies_opposing_rotherham_abuse_investigation.html http://www.southyorkshire-pcc.gov.uk/News-and-Events/News-Archive/2014/Arrangements-for-the-appointment-of-an-Acting-Police-and-Crime-Commissioner.aspx https://moderngov.rotherham.gov.uk/ieListDocuments.aspx?CId=937&MId=13121&Ver=4 Odd set of candidates http://www.southyorkshire-pcc.gov.uk/About/About-Your-Deputy.aspx https://www.barnsley.gov.uk/about-us/how-the-council-is-organised/general-information-about-councillors/cheetham-cllr-traceyContinue reading

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Private Eye’s Rotherham Coverage

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These two pieces taken from the latest copy. PE certainly don’t pull any punches: Rotten Boroughs, gives Rotherham a good mauling: .

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Day Twenty Three – News Round-up

Too good for anyone to miss: This is the first article that contributes much to the discussion going on in most homes in Rotherham. Sarfraz Mansoor  is the first to point to a potential way forward based on a different … Continue reading

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Andrew Norfolk – Shaun Wright’s Fall

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First News Item of today, this from Andrew Norfolk in the Times:

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Sarfraz Mansoor’s – New York Times Publication

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Very good and thought provoking piece: http://www.nytimes.com/2014/09/16/opinion/multiculturalism-and-rape-in-rotherham.html?_r=0 Thanks to our spotter Regular Reader.

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Day Twenty Two – News Round-up

Rotherham Star: Shaun Wright quits as Police and Crime Commissioner in wake of Rotherham scandal Shaun Wright has resigned as South Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner this morning. Politicians welcome Shaun Wright’s decision to quit Breathless News: TV crews galore … Continue reading

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Day Twenty One – News Round-Up Updated

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Newsflash: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-29208798 To start us off today, Regular Reader noticed this in the Daily Mail: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2756140/Rotherham-child-abuse-victim-confronts-alleged-abuser-street-SHE-arrested-van-load-police.html And spotted this piece about Jane Collins, in the Yorkshire Post, a bit old but revealing nonetheless: http://www.yorkshirepost.co.uk/sport/other-sports/equestrian/side-by-side-on-a-to-z-of-hunts-1-2424830 15 July 2005 “Katie Bloom and … Continue reading

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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

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What Planet Is Muhbeen On?

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…Or, Muhbeen pulls a fast one The leaflet below is being widely distributed in some of the central areas of Rotherham. Put out by Muhbeen Hussain, who has been all over the media like a rash, trying to promote himself … Continue reading

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Day Twenty – The day our town became a battleground!

I bring you a selection of press reaction to the day, some very nasty people came to try and spread intolerance and hatred. This post is definitely not an opportunity to pour out more hatred in the comments on this … Continue reading

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Be careful what you wish for

This piece captured from cyberspace, is doing the rounds. Thought readers would appreciate seeing it too: Paul Lakin is walking through a market while on his £1000, VIP bargain trip in China. He stops at a table and noticed an … Continue reading

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If I were a gambling man…

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For those of you that follow these things Rotherham, Wentworth & Dearne and Rother Valley constituencies are becoming interesting! Spotted by Regular Reader who also supplied the image, thanks. Rik

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News Round Up – Day Nineteen

Thanks go to our spotters again for these links. If anyone has links they would like to share we would love to have them for readers attention, Rothpol. http://www.hulldailymail.co.uk/East-Riding-staff-assist-Rotherham-child-abuse/story-22914835-detail/story.html http://www.thestar.co.uk/news/local/shaun-wright-cancels-second-public-surgery-this-month-1-6838551 http://www.thestar.co.uk/news/local/number-of-rotherham-abuse-victims-suing-police-and-council-up-to-25-1-6838376 http://www.thestar.co.uk/news/local/seven-active-investigations-into-suspected-south-yorkshire-grooming-gangs-underway-1-6838590 http://www.thestar.co.uk/news/local/police-only-warned-man-found-with-girl-1-6838609 http://www.thestar.co.uk/news/crime/teenage-girls-report-man-for-asking-them-to-get-into-his-car-1-6837777 http://www.rotherhamadvertiser.co.uk/news/96833/leader-reveals-new-look-council-cabinet.aspx

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Andrew Norfolk – Reveals another missing file scandal!

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Andrew Norfolk reveals more:

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News Round Up – Day Eighteen

Thanks go to our spotters again for these links. If anyone has links they would like to share we would love to have them for readers attention, Rothpol. http://www.sheffieldtelegraph.co.uk/news/local/councillor-s-apology-over-cricket-check-at-meeting-1-6835887 http://www.itv.com/news/calendar/story/2014-09-11/pcc-to-be-investigated-by-police-watchdog/ http://m.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-south-yorkshire-29144266 http://www.bbc.co.uk/go/em/fr/-/news/uk-england-south-yorkshire-29157337 http://www.sheffieldtelegraph.co.uk/news/local/councillor-s-apology-over-cricket-check-at-meeting-1-6835887 http://www.thetimes.co.uk/tto/news/politics/article4204153.ece

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another who knew what story

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These are minutes from Rotherham young peoples board from 3/3/2005 and 7/4/2005 these minutes were also given to the Social and Community Support Scrutiny Panel. This is a list of the Councillors on this scrutiny pane:. Russell (chair) Doyle (vice … Continue reading

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Just Go!

During the last few days Rotherham citizens and voters have seen two sessions of questioning of Joyce Thacker and Martin Kimber by Parliamentary Committees. Shaun Wrights questioning by the HASC, yesterdays Council Meeting and today’s Police and Crime panel, that … Continue reading

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Andrew Norfolk – Reveals the missing files!

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Andrew Norfolk reveals more about threats to the Home Office researcher. Don’t strain your eyes, click on image to enlarge:

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News Round Up – Day Seventeen

Thanks go to our spotters again for these links. If anyone has links they would like to share we would love to have them for readers attention, Rothpol. Yorkshire Post: http://www.yorkshirepost.co.uk/news/main-topics/general-news/if-i-had-a-gun-i-d-shoot-you-victim-s-granddad-tells-rotherham-crime-tsar-shaun-wright-1-6833820 The Shaun Wright show, Meeting ends with no-confidence motion. … Continue reading

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UKIP’s Election campaign starts

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This leaflet is being distributed by UKIP, as the start of their campaign for next years elections. Going to be a long campaign! Don’t strain your eyes click on image to enlarge:

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Day Sixteen – News Round Up

Grateful to all our spotters for these links. If you see something not yet featured please let us have the link, Rothpol. Embattled PCC Shaun Wright serves on Home Office child abuse task force http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/crime/11085813/Embattled-PCC-Shaun-Wright-serves-on-Home-Office-child-abuse-task-force.html http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2014/sep/09/theresa-may-child-sex-abuse-inquiry-light-of-day http://www.thestar.co.uk/news/local/ukip-motion-calls-for-rotherham-s-labour-councillors-to-stand-for-re-election-1-6831321 http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-29135245 http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-south-yorkshire-29144266 http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2749626/Gang-trafficked-13-year-old-runaway-hotels-flats-Bradford-turns-abuse.htmlContinue reading

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Nothing is what it it seems.

Nothing is what it it seems. While most people are still reeling from shock at the Jay report, other cooler heads are starting to figure out what’s in it for them. This is the first clue into what people like … Continue reading

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Shaun Wright – “Only in it for the money, edition”

This is your opportunity to tell us what you think?

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Day Fourteen – Latest

News from elsewhere in West Yorkshire: http://www.halifaxcourier.co.uk/news/west-yorkshire/more-than-70-men-arrested-in-probes-into-child-sexual-exploitation-1-6817483#comments-area Rotherham and the Roma on Inside Out tonight http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-south-yorkshire-29068034 1, Daily Star is really making a big issue over Rotherham CSE http://www.dailystar.co.uk/news/latest-news/398528/Rotherham-scandal-Police-chief-Shaun-Wright-accused-worried-about-attackers The article they are referring to is in this publication http://www.fabians.org.uk/publications/letting-in-the-light/Continue reading

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Andrew Norfolk – The Times – Shaun Wright Knew!

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Andrew Norfolk is still on the case! Don’t strain your eyes, click on each image to enlarge: . .

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The role of ‘useful idiots’ in Rotherham

Towns like Rotherham, have numerous charities, local groups and clubs that invite on to their controlling boards, people who lend their reputations to these organisations. Rotherham seems to have far more, than it’s fair share of these charities and related … Continue reading

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Standard Magazine – Rotherham’s Collaborators

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Thanks to our spotter for pointing this out, well worth a read. Click on image to read in full:

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Organised Crime, Azad Kashmir* & Child Sexual Exploitation

“The Police showed her a map of the north of England overlaid with various crime networks including ‘Drugs’, ‘Guns’, and ‘ Murder’… and told …we’re only putting resources into catching ‘the ring leaders’ …..if they’re caught, your local problem [CSE] … Continue reading

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Community Accountability?

We the community hold the following people responsible for the CSE? 1) Ex deputy leader Cllr Jahangir Akhtar. 2) Cllr Mahroof Hussain 3) Cllr Showkat Ali 4) Cllr Shabana Ahmed 5) Lord Nazir Ahmed 6) Parveen Querashi 7) RMBC council … Continue reading

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MacShane – taking the Tablet?

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Thanks go to our contributor, for this from the Tablet, September 6th edition. MacShane sticking the knife in?

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how to get half a story

The former deputy leader of Rotherham Council resigned in August last year following a report in the Times newspaper that said he knew about a relationship between a 14-year-old girl and one of his relatives. He later resumed his post … Continue reading

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At last…..

“The Labour Party has suspended four members in the wake of a report into the Rotherham child abuse scandal. Jahangir Akhtar and councillors Roger Stone, Gwendoline Ann Russell and Shaukat Ali will now be investigated by the party. Labour said … Continue reading

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Now questions for the Blair Government

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Today’s Independent is carrying this:

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Daily Mail – More investigations

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Seen Elsewhere

The following collection of links to press and media coverage sent in to Rothpol, latest received, first. Not necessarily in order of publication, if there are others you think readers should see please send me the link. Andrew Norfolk’s wonderful … Continue reading

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That inconvenient photo

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What were they actually up to on this trip? Understand that this was the, now infamous, trip to Kashmir during the course of which Naz Ahmed claimed on TV, that his conviction and temporary incarceration, was the result of a … Continue reading

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Alexis Jay Interview

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Thought readers might wish to read this: Click on image to read in full.

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British Pakistani: Abuse is ‘brushed under the carpet’

We now have a range of representatives from the Rotherham Muslim community going around saying they didn’t know the “extent” of Child Sexual Exploitation in Rotherham.  And that there isn’t a cover up issue within the Muslim community. I’m writing … Continue reading

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The opportunists arrive to steal the show!

I think it’s about time Sky news, BBC news & ITV news found out some home truths about people they interview. Muhbeen Hussain, nephew of Cllr Look Duck Dive. This young chap seems to be getting himself on every bit … Continue reading

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Akhtar…a spider at the centre of the taxi trade web

In 2002 a raid on Risky Business office, files held there were shredded. These files formed the basis of a report that revealed the extent of CSE in Rotherham. This report named names, schools and other places where young girls, … Continue reading

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Labour, Biraderi, Corruption and Child Sexual Abuse: Joining the Dots

Once the Mirpuri/ Pakistani community in Britain started to politically organise its leaders found the UK highly fertile ground for the introduction of political practices imported from their homeland. Specifically I am talking about the close links between organised crime, … Continue reading

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Where are we now?

Roger has jumped ship The country wants Mr Wrights neck The council is without a Leader The usual suspects I hear you say Lakin of Valley and Ellis of Wickersley Neither says logic Lakin although being deputy Is up-to his … Continue reading

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Akhtar and the scene of the crime

The case of Jessica was one of those Rotherham Child Sex Abuse cases reported by Andrew Norfolk in the Times. Jessica claims that when she was abducted from a Children’s Services foster home her abductor and sexual abuser was allowed … Continue reading

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Eye of the storm

Rotherham is firmly in the eye of a media storm, the like of which, no one has ever witnessed before. I don’t know about readers, but anger, indignation and incredulity have prevented me from even reading the report without emotions … Continue reading

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If you are victim too?

Rotherham Politics has always been on the side of the victims. Now that we have discovered there are 1,400 potential victims we would urge them to come forward and seek some justice now that they will be believed. I republish … Continue reading

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Sarah Champion – Gaza in the Star

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Looks like Sarah Champion is making better use for this story than Mahroof and his hand-picked audience? Click on image to read the Star article in full: See previous: Silence speaks volumes? Gaza meeting video disappears Was Gaza meeting just … Continue reading

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Who is Said Omar Muhammad ?

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Welcome to the very first blog on Bradford Politics which became all the more interesting following the win of George Galloway in the Bradford West by-election in March 2012. Described by Galloway as the Bradford…

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Said Omar Mohammed, Dr Nayyar Afroz Mullins

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Originally posted on dogs bollocks:
Lets begin with who is Said Omar Mohammed, also known by his previous name Stephen Mullins. From what I have researched Said Omar Mohammed is a lonesome individual who is a Muslim Revert. He has…

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Tackling Child Sexual Exploitation in Rotherham Annual Report 2013-14

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Thanks to our source this item which will now not be going unnoticed. Particular attention is drawn to: Page 22 of 24 Operation Clover – Ongoing. This is a joint investigation linked to a story in the Times and allegations … Continue reading

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Akhtar hedging his bets with Respect?

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Had Rothpol’s attention drawn to this, could it just be that Jahangir Akhtar, is beginning to contemplate a future outside the Labour Party?

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Specially for Labour members

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Thought it might prove useful to Labour members and students of politics in Rotherham to see the latest Labour Party Rule Book. Sure to make interesting reading, as the local Rotherham Labour members only get to see what those in … Continue reading

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Sarah Champion taken advantage of again?

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Jahangir certainly kept that quiet: Yet another example of Sarah Champion being taken in and used by a local politician, for their advantage. On this occasion it was Jahangir Akhtar. Mind you Sarah appears willing to attend the opening of … Continue reading

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Labour wouldn’t be that stupid, would they?

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

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Seen elsewhere – Lutfur being held to account?

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The Daily Mail has published this today concerning Lutfur Rahman. Makes interesting reading for Rotherham folk, remind you of anyone local?   .

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South Yorkshire Police’s Response to Child Sexual Exploitation – Re-visit

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South Yorkshire Police’s response to Child Sexual Exploitation re-visit information now available. Click on images to read in full:   Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary report referred to:    Download your copy here: http://www.hmic.gov.uk/wp-content/uploads/south-yorkshire-pcc-commission-revisit.pdf Careful study will be required before … Continue reading

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Was Gaza meeting just a cynical ploy?

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Was the Gaza meeting, organised by Mahroof Hussain with his hand picked audience, just a cynical ploy to enhance the public image of both himself and his nephews? For answers, readers might like to view this website, that seems dedicated … Continue reading

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Darren in a strop?

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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RMBC – Members’ allowances scheme

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Tucked in towards the back of this weeks Advertiser, amongst the public notices section of this weeks edition, is to be found this interesting legal order: .

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The annual troughers’ report!

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Readers might have missed this in the Advertiser of last week. The annual troughers’ report! Published previously: When Austerity Ends – Scandalous Councillor Greed Returns!

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Dodson in the Advertiser

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Barry Dodson’s fall is covered in this weeks Advertiser. Don’t forget to pick up your copy, available at all news stands in the Rotherham area. Thanks for the images goes to our source, who has ticked the ‘no publicity box’ … Continue reading

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Champion’s Law Enacted

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The Star reports on Sarah Champion’s recent success at achieving a significant amendment to the law on child grooming. Credit where it is due. However, lurking in the comments, is an unwise and ill-judged comment from ‘UKIP’! It is this … Continue reading

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Dodson resigns Labour Membership!

In a surprise move today Roger Stone, the Leader of Rotherham MBC, announced in an email, that Rotherham East Councillor, Barry Dodson, had now resigned from the Labour Party with immediate effect! Speculation is rife amongst labour insiders as to … Continue reading

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Approaching the cliff edge?

In Rotherham Labour Land there is now a grudging acceptance that their own failings contributed to the local election losses & that without change the same may happen next year. In fact there is little they can do in the … Continue reading

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Panic setting in?

Double double toil and trouble Something big is on the horizon The Phantom cannot sleep With all the hysteria Heads are spinning Emergency meeting after emergency meeting Stone, Lakin and Beck seem to be struck with panic The Phantom does … Continue reading

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Rotherham’s pretend Erdogan?

Turn your attention to the Rotherham LP Group web site and you will find there a few feeds from other sites; the weather, the Police, Ken Wyatt’s… …..and Akhtar’s twitter feed…surely some mistake, still there more than seven weeks after … Continue reading

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Jahangir turns up!

I understand that Jahangir Akhtar has returned to private hire taxi driving. According to sources, Jahangir is reportedly working for Venture of Wath. Perhaps he doesn’t want his mates to see him in town? How did he get a licence … Continue reading

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A case of ‘spot the difference’, maybe?

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Rotherham Politics readers like thought puzzles, they perhaps don’t come more interesting than this particular piece of the employment of incorrect facts to justify the unjustifiable. Below is the correspondence between Martin Kimber and Peter Thirlwall following Peters withdrawal from … Continue reading

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Time for answers?

Last October a group of despairing citizens sent this unsigned letter to two of the Rotherham Members of Parliament, Sarah Champion and John Healey. Action from those whose duty it is to establish the truth and then take the appropriate … Continue reading

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Wil Ewart called it right a year ago

Thought it would be a useful reminder to readers that the writing was on the wall a full year ago. This piece by Wil Ewart, has turned out to be remarkably prescient. What if Rawmarsh isn’t an aberration? Posted on May … Continue reading

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RMBC Press Office – Not perhaps the best image to use?

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RMBC Press Office recently tweeted on the subject of the signs to look out for, if their child might be at risk? It emerges they might have checked the un-cropped image, as well as the cropped, a little more thoroughly, … Continue reading

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CSE Lawsuits Announced!

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ITV News Calendar: Further developments, click here.

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The Rotherham West Result

I am starting the process of going through the local election results. Rotherham West proved a real cliffhanger but the result went against Akhtar in the end. These are the results for Rotherham West: Rotherham West Name Description Votes Vote% … Continue reading

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Democracy Works!

Full Ward by Ward results, .pdf download Yesterdays local council elections have proved one thing, democracy works even in Rotherham! The first point I would like to make is that last nights count was illuminating in that labour still think … Continue reading

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Abdul Razaq – a response

Rotherham Politics has agreed to publish this response from Abdul Razaq, an occasional commenter on Rothpol, to an article on the scurrilous website Rothpoltake2, concerning himself. Despite repeated attempts, that blog does not seem willing to publish this. Considering the … Continue reading

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Rotherham not on the list?

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The last edition of Private Eye carried this in Rotten Boroughs. The only thing that surprised our source, is that Rotherham is not on this list!

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A message from Maureen Vines

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In addition to Sarah Kiran of Respect, UKIP’s Maureen Vines is also asking for votes this year, in the Rotherham West Ward: .

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Sarah Kiran takes Respect’s message to voters

Sarah Kiran, Respect Party Candidate Rotherham West Ward, who along with supporters is carrying Respect’s message to the voters. Anyone needing  a poster for Respect for display, just give Kiran a call: To follow the full story of the battle … Continue reading

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It must be close in Anston & Woodsetts?

Labour are really panicking now in Anston tonight they have teams going house to house. Sir Nutkins Baron is there and the illustrious deputy leader of Rotherham council Akhtar. Seeing them in action brought back a song from my younger … Continue reading

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The battle for Boston Castle Ward – Rose McNeeley states her case

The battle for Boston Castle Ward – Rose McNeeley states her case: Click on image to  read in full The battle for Boston Castle in full.

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What’s legal, what’s not!

Required reading for all democracy practitioners. Labour Party: Keep It Legal Briefing ACPO/Electoral Commission; Guidance on preventing and detecting electoral fraud. Electoral Commission; Code of conduct for campaigners.

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Rotherham’s broken democracy

“The rather over used and perhaps misunderstood word, that comes out of the mouths of politicians, is democracy. The ‘will of the people’ is the simplest and most accurate way of putting it. What happens to all politicians, is that … Continue reading

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EDL Demo: Where were you?

“As ever EDL brought to town the usual gangs of drunken skinheads and nationalist odd-balls from across the country – even Nationalists from Wales, complete with Union Jack trousers and Welsh Dragon flag. Ruining the town centre and business for … Continue reading

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Dave Smith on the battle for Dinnington

“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

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Leaked Report – Deconstruction Needed?

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The Advertiser carried this unusual report, leaked to them by an anonymous source. There is more to this, than meets the eye? Readers views? Posted previously: Who was first? The definitive answer – Jahangir Akhtar!

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They don’t like it up em!

Rotherham Labour Group is flabby and corrupt after years and years of opposition from a local Tory party who were condemned to irrelevance here by the Thatcher years. Even though they have overseen he most disastrous PR failures in the … Continue reading

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Who was first? The definitive answer – Jahangir Akhtar!

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There  is understood to be some less than truthful accounts as to who first publicised take2. The two tweets below would appear to be the very first mentions of take2, Jahangir’s was definitely first: Jahangir Akhtar really should stop blaming … Continue reading

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Labour Group Constipation

The Labour Group is ruthless in spotting potential dissidents in the local Party – even just being a bit radical, a socialist or feminist is enough to incur their wrath. If seen as such you will be isolated as compliance … Continue reading

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Private Eye Rotten Boroughs – Roma Therapy

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My copy of Private Eye No1365 dropped through my letterbox this morning containing this little gem in Rotten Boroughs: See also: Rotherham East Previously: A question for Cllr Shaukat Ali?

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More than mere coincidence?

Observations too good to miss: “Must be a coincidence. Emma Hoddinott tipped to be the next Leader of RMBC, anti-Hoddinott post appears on the new blog Dave Smith who humiliated Akhtar with is argument, anti-Dave Smith post appears on the … Continue reading

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The children at play?

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Another blog from the same stable as rothbrad, someone is scared of losing their seat? Attack blogs, such as this fine example, provide readers with more than enough insights into the workings of some, who seen determined to drag Labour … Continue reading

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Akhtar’s election bad habits?

This story, published during the Rotherham By-Election campaign of 2012, goes to the heart of Akhtar’s MO. Akhtar thinks the Police are simply there to do his bidding, it would seem from this. Does he actually think that we are … Continue reading

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Two Respect candidates enter the fray!

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Respect Party a have announced their first two local election candidates for Rotherham:

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Now some Questions for Deputy Leader Akhtar

In addressing the question a good starting point would be, who owns the following declared properties? 57 Clough Road, Rotherham 37 Hartington Road, Rotherham 95 Henley Grove Road, Rotherham 8 Farm Drive, Rotherham 130 Henley Grove Road, Rotherham How many … Continue reading

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Council playing hardball?

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The Advertiser published this piece concerning the denial of basic rights:

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Children’s Centres – Have RMBC missed something?

THE EQUALITY ACT 2010 THE IMPLICATIONS OF THE ACT FOR THE RECONFIGURATION OF PRE-SCHOOL FACILITIES AND SERVICES BY METROPOLITAN DISTRICT COUNCILS BACKGROUND The Equality Act 2010 sets out the duties of local authorities to have regard to the elimination of … Continue reading

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So who did vote to close the children’s centres? – Addendum

Lots of contributors on this site have accused the Labour Party of hypocrisy in closing children’s centres by accepting the new budget and that’s fair enough, they certainly appear hypocritical. They’re not the only ones though. As an old school … Continue reading

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When the law fails – the tax man gets his man!

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Holding politicians to account using the law and procedures, sometimes isn’t enough. They are slippery creatures when ‘at bay’. Naz Ahmed and Denis MacShane come to mind. Al Capone, the American Mafia boss, was never successfully prosecuted for any of … Continue reading

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So who did vote to close Children’s Centres?

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You might be forgiven for thinking that labour councillors have taken the most hypocritical attitude, to the closure of a large number of children’s centres right across Rotherham? You would be right! There has been a pretence, by many that … Continue reading

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Akhtar’s Democracy in Action?

“I have witnessed Mr Akhtar`s Democracy in Action. At the Children`s Centre Consultation at Dinnington. Mr Smith took the opportunity to exercise his Democratic right, he stood up to speak and oppose the closure of the Children`s Centre. He then … Continue reading

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Cynicism On Display?

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The page below was brought to Rothpols attention by an observant reader. Thought others might appreciate the cynicism on display, click on image to read the whole RMBC article:

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An interesting leaflet?

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Rotherham Politics has had his attention drawn to this election leaflet Jahangir Akhtar published online today:

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Rare sight in Silverwood

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A very rare sight indeed, Labour out campaigning in Silverwood Ward. Rothpol spies the ‘kiss of death’ to many a campaign, Darren Hughes, on the extreme right of the picture? Darren even made a mess of his own re-election campaign … Continue reading

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Maureen enters the fray!

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Thought readers might like sight of news from UKIP: .

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Coincidence or coordination?

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The Unity Centre and REMA’s accounts have been overdue. Now, without explanation, both sets of accounts have now been filed on the same day! Coincidence or coordination? . .

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Labour out – in Hellaby

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Shabana Ahmed and Jahangir Akhtar are still having difficulty with their website, it would appear from this recent image, taken from the Rotherham Labour Group website? It is also becoming clear labour’s lack of front line troops is acute! These … Continue reading

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As you were?

Something is going wrong with Rotherham Labour Group’s website, it looks like this again: A case of back to the future? It certainly doesn’t inspire confidence.

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Caven Vines responds to ‘that letter’

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For some reason, known only to the Editor, this response from Caven Vines was denied space in this weeks Advertiser. Judge for yourselves: Previously: That Letter! Posted on March 15, 2014 by rothpol This gallery contains 1 photo. There is … Continue reading

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What’s up now?

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After a full ten days Rothpol is pleased to show that the Rotherham Labour Group Website now looks like this, much better! I would like to draw your attention to the search boxes at the left hand side. When a … Continue reading

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If you look today?

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After Rotherham Politics highlighted their obvious mistake, should you try to go on now you will see this:

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Sitwell Labour Out Campaigning

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The right way up this time. Those present are a pretty motley crew and make no mistake. Thought it might be interesting if we were made aware of these members identities, a pattern seems to be emerging? This is where … Continue reading

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Labour – out on the stump

Campaigning by labour is not deemed to be complete these days, without the obligatory photo posted on social media, as if to prove that it actually took place? Have collected these to start us off, if readers should spot other … Continue reading

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Ship of fools?

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This weeks edition of the Rotherham Advertiser, takes Rotherham Council to task on the debt issue. This eye watering debt mountain, will become much more onerous for us to bear, when interest rates rise towards 5% over the next few … Continue reading

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That Letter!

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There is in this weeks Advertiser, a response to last weeks letter from Caven Vines, the UKIP Councillor, representing Rawmarsh ward. Somehow having difficulty with believing that Jahangir Akhtar actually authored this letter:

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Champion on the case?

From the Star. Champion doesn’t seem to agree with Roger and Jahangir: MP writes to Michael Gove over closure of children’s centres in Rotherham Published on the 11 March 2014 South Yorkshire MP Sarah Champion has written to the Secretary … Continue reading

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Another tickbox filled in?

Rothpols attention has been drawn to this advertisement for a: Level 2 Bilingual Eastern European Teaching Assistant/Clerical Assistant Thought this might be an early April fool, until I checked the calender. Looks like one of those jobs, a Town might … Continue reading

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Gird up thy loins?

“As I read about Halal meat & Brinsworth school , watching the left and right get equally heated I keep repressing this awful urge to laugh. So they debate the concepts of racism & political correctness…on and on and on..and … Continue reading

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Rotherham Labour – policy free zone?

When election addresses are about to start dropping through letterboxes. I thought it might be instructive to take a look at the policies of a party, that always accuses their opponents of having policies that are ‘nothing to do with … Continue reading

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Magna Trust – Losses over the last 4 years – Some clarification!

I think you misread them. Sorry! Looking at the 2102 accounts in detail, they say: Financial review The financial results for the period are set out on page 9. The consolidated statement of financial activities shows total incoming resources of … Continue reading

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Magna Trust – Losses over the last 4 years!

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According to the Charity Commission over the last four financial years Magna Trust has made a loss of £6.885m as follows:- Magna Trust – Losses over the last 4 years: 2012   –   £!.208m 2011   –   £2.005m 2010   –   £1.990m 2009   … Continue reading

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Yet another inquiry needed? Financial Incompetence threatens business

The Council are pretty keen to offload blame for their current debt problems on the Tories for their changes to the allocation of state subsidies,  changes that favour Tory councils. What they don’t point out is that immediately after Tony … Continue reading

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The worst Labour panel of candidates?

Even a cursory glance at this panel of candidates, that Labour is foisting upon the people of Rotherham, reveals some pretty deadbeat, partial retreads! What do readers think? Ward Candidate Anston & Woodsetts Jo Burton Boston Castle Rose McNeely Brinsworth … Continue reading

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Team Rotherham fighting the Cuts?

Akhtar is unhappy that both Tory and UKIP (let’s call them TUKIP) Councillors aren’t helping  Labour figure out where cuts can be made.  He’s so pleased with this deep political insight that he talked the Tiser into printing his thoughts … Continue reading

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Rory Bremner on Conviction Politicians

Readers may have missed this from Rory Bremner on Tuesday 25th Feb 2014 making an appearance on Newsnight, presented by Jeremy Paxman: “We do have conviction politicians nowadays, in the sense that we have politicians with convictions. Like Chris Huhne … Continue reading

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Proposed Budget 2014/15

The proposed budget for next year can be read here in .pdf format Read it and weep.

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Gird up thy loins…we’re in for a dirty fight

I’m girding my loins for the forthcoming elections. A few snippets….more to follow The commitment by ordinary Labour members to supporting their shower in the elections is in significant decline. Even been heard that many Rotherham Labour members will be … Continue reading

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Rawmarsh 2014 – Labour out campaigning

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Or….Every picture tells a story? The Labour Party is out campaigning in the Rawmarsh Ward, thought readers might be amused by this photo presented as evidence by John Healey on his twitter feed: Judging by this turnout they must be … Continue reading

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Another Clue?

This story, published during the Rotherham By-Election campaign of 2012, goes to the heart of Akhtar’s MO. Akhtar thinks the Police are simply there to do his bidding, it would seem from this. Does he actually think that we are … Continue reading

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Save Rotherham’s SureStart Centres – Sign the petition

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38Degrees are hosting an online petition which readers might like to sign: Click here to sign the petition. . . . . Published previously: Childrens Centre Closures an Obstacle? Posted on February 14, 2014 by rothpol Rothpol has been provided this … Continue reading

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The Star – Rotherham landlords invited to meeting with council chiefs

Rotherham landlords invited to meeting with council chiefs Published on the 20 February 2014 Landlords in Rotherham are invited to a meeting to find out more about a plan to make them pay for a licence for each home they … Continue reading

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Kevin goes for it!

This document is the first evidence that Kevin is seeking re-selection: Rt Hon Sir Kevin Barron MP I, Kevin Barron, was born in Hazlewood Castle, Tadcaster, and moved with my family to Maltby when I was 8 years old. I … Continue reading

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Wellgate Riots – No Progress?

A timely reminder of unresolved issues on Wellgate. Is political interference part of the problem? Community Cohesion? Biraderism? Wellgate Riots – 3rd Class Policing for a 3rd Class Town Posted on December 20, 2013 by rothpol “One thing we also learned … Continue reading

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Upset in Ferham – Advertiser coverage!

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This weeks Advertiser reported on the Ferham consultation event, that turned out rather badly:

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Upset at Landlord Meeting!

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This weeks Advertiser reported on developments, front page no less! Previously on Rotherham Politics: Selective licensing of private rented housing – A Different Perspective Posted on January 18, 2014 by rothpol This gallery contains 2 photos. The Advertiser provides an altogether … Continue reading

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More on Akhtar’s MO!

A reader who goes under the name Katarias left this interesting comment that brings an even greater illumination into Akhtars modus operandi: “Last thursday 30 january 2014 a fight broke out between two family members on the taxi rank, where … Continue reading

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Unity Centre Registered Companies In Full

Rotherham Politics has now been provided with the full list of Companies registered at the address of the Unity Centre. Higher Ambitions Unity Centre Rotherham Rotherham Ethnic Minority Alliance Clifton Emag Clifton Learning Partnership ABC Forum Higher Ambitions and ABC … Continue reading

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One that went by the wayside earlier

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Couple of interesting scans from our intrepid spotter of inconvenient web pages! Although this business lasted just over a year, it would appear to have been registered at the Unity Centre! How so? Is this unique or are there more?

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Unity Centre and the London Gazette?

This has been extracted from the London Gazette the National Newspaper of Record, where amongst it’s many functions records all bankruptcies, has published these entries: UNITY CENTRE ROTHERHAM 04312881 (C2) 04/12/2013 UNITY CENTRE ROTHERHAM 04312881 (D1) 07/12/2013 UNITY CENTRE ROTHERHAM … Continue reading

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Surprise move by Akhtar

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Rotherham Politics learned of developments at the Unity Centre! Jahangir Akhtar in a surprise move, has resigned from the Chairmanship of the Unity Centre Board, with effect from Wednesday, citing ‘political’ reasons! The Unity Centre was to be Rothpols next … Continue reading

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Local Election 2014 Coverage Starts

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Rotherham Politics coverage of the elections 2014 is being rolled out. This years coverage will be the most comprehensive yet. Below is an example of one of the first wards to feature, all information can be accessed through the Rotherham … Continue reading

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News of developments – Rotherham CSE Inquiry

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Today’s Yorkshire Post has news of developments in the Rotherham Child Sexual Exploitation Inquiry, click on image too read the full article:

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Time to step up…

To my fellow armchair warriors, angry and frustrated from the safety and comfort of our lounges and living rooms. I have a message to you all. A message that I myself have wrestled with for too long… What are we … Continue reading

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Final chapter – Justice in Wellgate – fat chance!

From Rothpol’s email inbox this morning, some personal reflections from Rosie Rabbit on the as yet unresolved, justice denied, Wellgate investigations: “Congratulations are in order for the fine upstanding investigation carried out by South Yorkshire police in Rotherham.  They are … Continue reading

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Asylum Seekers – I know? Let’s blame G4S!

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In typical fashion our Council blames others for it’s own mistakes? G4S seems to be the victim this time. Funny how everyone was content with all this, when everyone was making money or benefiting in other ways from hosting asylum … Continue reading

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UKIP Out On The Stump!

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Some evidence: Have learned, the largest group joining UKIP locally are ex-labour voters, who have had enough of the way Rotherham is run! See also: Pre-Election Campaigning Literature

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Remarkable Progress?

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Gareth Dennison’s, Friday Jan 10 2014 article, published in the print edition of The Rotherham Advertiser takes an altogether different and ever so slightly more balanced view of this never ending saga that shames us all. Read here: A review … Continue reading

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Don’t Journalists read the reports they report on?

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Rotherham Politics brings readers yet another example of lazy journalism when it comes to reporting on serious matters, without it would appear, reading the report in question! This time from The Star the last local Newspaper to report on Steve … Continue reading

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Asylum Seekers – More On Complaints

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We are grateful to our anonymous contributor for these two examples of breathtaking hypocrisy by RMBC on the asylum seeker controversy. Click on images to read the full published articles, use your back button to return. First up is from … Continue reading

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Asylum Seekers – National Audit Office Report

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The National Audit Office Report has just been released. This story has been referred to in a previous post, Complaint over asylum seeker numbers! . . . . . . . . Get the report here: Full Report .pdf Executive Summary … Continue reading

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BBC More Balanced?

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The BBC are now covering the Rotherham Child Exploitation issue with a little more balance:

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Exercise in Self Delusion?

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Read the; Review of the response to child sexual exploitation in Rotherham. Click on image to download/view .pdf document, use your back button to return: Rotherham Safeguarding Children Board Website. Thanks goes to our anonymous source and to @mlilleker for … Continue reading

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Very difficult to believe?

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The Advertiser is featuring this on their website today:

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Priceless Publicity For Sarah

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The December 27th edition of The Advertiser, devoted to Sarah Champion’s inquiry concerning ‘child sexual abuse’. You couldn’t do better than this, in terms of favourable exposure! Why might this be? Click on image to enlarge, use your back button … Continue reading

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Sajid proves the rule?

Back in December 2013, Rotherham Politics brought readers this rather worrying report concerning Sajid Bostan, a Private Hire Taxi Driver: Will Sajid prove the rule? Posted on December 10, 2013 by rothpol We understand that an old friend, Sajid Bostan (Ten … Continue reading

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Rotherham Council to be sued

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Fresh in from The Star: Are you a victim or a victim’s parent who would like to contact David Greenwood? They are close at hand, ring 01709 890400 and you will be sure of a sympathetic and an understanding reception, … Continue reading

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