Rotherham: The questions that remain three years on

Still more questions unanswered than answered …

Rotherham Politics

Three years ago this week, Professor Alexis Jay published her shocking findings that exposed the sickening extent of child abuse by grooming gangs in the South Yorkshire town of Rotherham – and how the authorities had utterly failed an estimated 1,400 victims.

One of the key findings was that some senior people in the council and the police had sought to “downplay” the Pakistani heritage of many perpetrators and left frontline staff “confused as to what they were supposed to say and do and what would be interpreted as ‘racist’”.

The report outlined horrifying stories of missed opportunities to catch perpetrators, fathers being arrested for trying to remove their daughters from houses where the girls were being abused and whistle-blowers being silenced.

Read on… http://www.yorkshirepost.co.uk/news/rotherham-the-questions-that-remain-three-years-on-1-8720610

Previously: Six reports into Rotherham sex abuse scandal due to be published next month

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Rotherham sex abuse survivor: “Victims should be pardoned for crimes”

3 years on… how is it that the majority of people in Rotherham still think that not enough has or is being done ?

Rotherham Politics

A SURVIVOR has stepped up her campaign for CSE victims to be pardoned for crimes committed under the grasp of groomers.

Sammy Woodhouse has written to home secretary Amber Rudd to request a face-to-face meeting over her Sammy’s Law proposal.

Speaking three years after the damning Jay Report was published, she said the change would encourage more sexual exploitation survivors to seek justice without fear of being prosecuted themselves.

Sammy (32) was groomed from 14 and made pregnant by abuser Arshid Hussain, who was jailed for 35 years in 2016.

Read on… http://www.rotherhamadvertiser.co.uk/news/view,rotherham-sex-abuse-survivor-victims-should-be-pardoned-for-crimes_23592.htm

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Letter to the Media about Muhbeen Hussain

Muhbeen Hussain – NOT the representative of British Muslim Youth

Rotherham Politics

Twice within the last few days Muhbeen Hussain has been presented in the media, commenting upon equalities issues, as  representing “British Muslim Youth.” The inference being that he represents an organisation, popular movement or somehow has a special status or standing that allows him to speak on behalf of Muslim young people in Britain

Other than by his age and ethnicity the latter is NOT the case

The only legal status thus far associated with the British Muslim Youth is in fact a company registered at Companies House under the name of BMY (CIC).

It is neither a registered charity nor political party

There are only three Company Directors. Muhbeen himself, his brother Vakas & a friend Waqass Farid. It is profit distributing structure, unlike the traditional non-profit distributing model used by pressure or charitable organisations.

Until recently there was a web site, now taken down. It revealed there are…

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Police watchdog begins probe into claims ex-South Yorkshire PCC lied on oath

Rotherham Politics

Police watchdog begins probe into claims ex-South Yorkshire PCC lied on oath

The police watchdog has begun an independent investigation into whether former South Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner Shaun Wright lied to MPs in parliament over the Rotherham child abuse scandal.

The complaint relates to evidence Mr Wright gave at a hearing in 2014, while he was still the PCC, where he gave evidence under oath about his knowledge of allegations of widespread child sexual abuse in Rotherham.

It’s specifically alleged that he denied having knowledge of child sexual exploitation in the town during his time as Rotherham Council’s cabinet member for children’s services between 2005 and 2010.

The investigation is specifically focused on whether the evidence given was in any way misleading, according to the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC).

The IPCC can only investigate a Police and Crime Commissioner if the allegations made…

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Rochdale and Rotherham Grooming Abuse – still going on

http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/live/bbctwo

3 MPs who claim they didn’t know about Child Sexual Exploitation years ago and received so called “damage compensation” for their already tarnished reputations, mentioned on here.

Who could this possibly be ?

 

 

 

 

 

 

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General Election June 8th 2017

Here we are on election day itself, and I am in as much of a moral and political dilemma on where to place my vote, than ever before.  From my conversations with a number of Maltby people, it seems that there are many others who find themselves in the same position.

Do I go against all my principles and vote for the incumbent, a man for whom I have not an ounce of respect – or a milligram in the decimal system – in the hope that the Conservative Party don’t get in, in Rother Valley  and in Westminster ? Theresa May’s government is currently about as bad as it can get, but to put a tick against Barron’s name ? I can’t do it.

Shall I vote for a Conservative candidate who has little in common with me and my family apart from opposing the Rotherham Labour Party ? Would I be happy with the Conservatives in control again and Theresa May remaining as PM ? No, I would not.

We have a UKIP candidate, who I know nothing about except what was on the flier posted to me (and everyone else apparently) and the man who is now leader of  UKIP somehow rubs me up the wrong way as soon as he opens his mouth. His policies don’t impress me much either.

Lib Dems ? Again know little of the candidate or her policies and Tim Farron just doesn’t enthuse me at all with his.

That then leaves me with the Green Party candidate. The Green Partys policies (if they stick with them as no one ever seems to do) seem well intended and I do like all things “green” but in a stronghold like Rother Valley it feels like I’d be wasting my vote.

So here I am, with just over 8 hours before the polls close and with no decision made.   This decision is too important to just spoil the paper for the sake of turnout numbers, as I have done in the past.   Anyone care to try to persuade me one way or another ?

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Battle for Yorkshire mining seat of Rother Valley where old certainties mean nowt

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Like most coal mining communities, Rother Valley is a solid, safe Labour seat. Yet beneath the veneer of bucolic south Yorkshire countryside, an ideological battle is raging to turn this historic working-class heartland blue.

Rother Valley may have been held by the Labour Party ever since its creation in 1918, but residents believe that the demise of Ukip may prove pivotal — and could even swing it to the Conservatives.

The little-known seat is the southernmost seat in south Yorkshire and where the former foreign secretary William Hague, now Lord Hague of Richmond, grew up. It is historically working class, with its mining heritage never far from the forefront of voters’ minds.

A huge 67 per cent of constituents voted for Brexit. Many think that Jeremy Corbyn is a “muppet” and Theresa May just “another Maggie”. Nonetheless, with Brexit voted through, there is a belief that many Ukip votes will…

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