Making every constituent count ?

The government has been in constant change and turmoil these last few weeks with major consequences for this country’s future. All political parties have had resignations galore amidst in- fighting, back stabbing and some very unseemly behaviour from those who ought to know better.

It seems remarkable that our Rother Valley MP Kevin Barron has managed to stay quiet about all these issues, yet he has.

All I hear about him is from the They Work For You site which keeps us informed that he is still our MP and does now and then ask a question in the House of Commons. Unsurprisingly, the only questions he asks are those that are related to companies and businesses in the health services of which he has a personal vested interest (not to do with his own health, that is)

So in case you wondered if he had actually resigned and gone to physically live in cloud cuckoo land forever, here is his latest bit of “work for you”.

Written Answers – Department of Health: Health Education (11 Jul 2016)
Kevin Barron: To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment
he has made of the (a) extent of the implementation of the Making Every
Contact Count initiative by clinical commissioning groups and local
authorities and (b) adequacy of training provided to staff to equip them
to provide consistent self-care messages during consultations; and if he
will make a statement.

nb: I heard on the Twitter grapevine that our Kevin is also busy with HS2 matters. Quite understandable, of course. No one wants high speed trains thundering past their house, do they.

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Sarah Champion Newsletter

I was surprised to find this in my ¬†inbox today. My email address must have slipped through the net of the “blocking team” so thought I’d post it here – for posterity ūüôā

Working hard for you

Dear Friends,

It has been a turbulent two weeks. It started with the murder of my friend, the Labour MP Jo Cox. I think it has shocked us all that a kind, thoughtful woman who campaigned all her life for a better world was murdered for those very views.

Due to the on-going dispute within the Parliamentary Labour Party over the Labour leadership, I have resigned as a member of the Labour frontbench.  This does not affect my work as a constituency MP or the campaigning I do around preventing abuse and domestic violence.

I can assure you that I did not take this decision lightly. I have never been one to play political games and I certainly would not take part in any ‚Äėcoup‚Äô to remove Jeremy Corbyn as leader of the Labour party. I know Jeremy to be a good and honourable man, who has committed his life to the Labour movement, but once he overwhelmingly lost the motion of no confidence, I did not consider his position as Leader to be viable.

I know that there are strong opinions on both sides of this issue, but I hope that you will understand my reasoning, even if you do not agree with my decision.

Kind Regards,


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Allegations under Investigation by Parliamentary Standards Commissioner

Anyone know how long it takes for investigations of this nature to be completed ?

Allegations under Investigation by the Commissioner

Members who are currently the subject of an inquiry by the Commissioner are listed below, in chronological order according to when the inquiry began, together with a brief description of the nature of the allegation.

  • Rt Hon John Whittingdale MP – Registration of Interests
  • Rt Hon Sadiq Khan MP – Registration of Interests
  • Sir Kevin Barron MP – Alleged breach of paragraph 15 of the Code
  • Mr Ian Lavery MP – Registration of Interests
  • Mr Justin Tomlinson MP – Alleged misuse of information obtained in the course of parliamentary duties
  • Mr Neil Carmichael MP – Alleged breach of paragraphs 14 & 15 of the Code
  • Mr Zac Goldsmith MP – Declaration of Financial Interests
  • Ms Gisela Stuart MP – Registration of Interests

Last updated: 29 June 2016

Parliamentary Standards

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When are you resigning, Kevin ?

Our Kevin’s website¬† was last updated on 27th April, regarding Hillsborough Inquest.

There’s a lot happened since then – mostly in the past week.

Come on Kevin, get a grip. Your constituents would really like to know your views on this debacle that is currently the Labour Party and Shadow Government.


Or are you holding out for Leader position ?

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Kevin Barron speaks to the chosen few

Dear friends,

Last week’s result in the EU referendum was a hammer-blow to our party and more importantly the country. I would like to say a huge thank you to everyone who helped deliver thousands of leaflets across the constituency during this campaign.

On this topic, I have received a number of emails referencing a petition set up to call for a second referendum. I do not believe that is how a democracy should work and believe we must respect the will of the people and negotiate an exit that is good for Britain.

Labour‚Äôs official policy position was to back Remain and convince our supporters that was in their best interests. It was expected that 70 ‚Äď 80% of Labour voters would vote remain. However, in the end it is estimated that only just over 60% actually did. I felt that our campaign lacked references to the big issues of the campaign, in particular Immigration. You know as well as I do that this issue was raised numerous times and has been particularly prevalent in the last few campaigns in Rother Valley.

Our campaign, led by Jeremy Corbyn, looked out of touch with the issues that were being raised most often. I believe this will have led to many people who voted Labour in Rother Valley last year to consider whether they would ever do so again. Several non-party members have contacted me in recent days to highlight this point. Polling done for the Labour Party showed that 29% of the people who voted Labour in 2015 would not vote Labour in a general election today. That equals 3 million lost voters. These numbers open up the possibility of many ‚Äėsafe‚Äô Labour seats being in play in an early general election, which would be horrendous for the people who need Labour most.

Jeremy is a nice and decent man, but he is not a leader. As I have raised at the GMC on numerous occasions I have had major concerns over some aspects of Jeremy’s leadership. Without a change, Labour could be slaughtered if an election is called in a few months which is now anticipated.

I have proudly served as the Labour Member of Parliament for Rother Valley for many years and served under six different Labour leaders. A major part of leadership of the party is to give your all to every campaign the party backs, unfortunately it is now clear that Jeremy, as he himself stated, only gave ‚Äú7 or 7.5ish out of 10‚ÄĚ for the most important campaign of our lifetime. That is why I have just voted in support of the motion of no confidence in Jeremy as Party Leader. I believe we need a party leader who can unite the party and take the fight to the Tories and UKIP.

Thank you again to everyone who campaigned, I know many of you will be saddened by the outcome of the referendum. I am more than happy to discuss any of these issues or the stance that I have taken.


Kevin Barron MP

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Maltby Ward Election Results

So the people of Maltby have voted with a 32.24% turnout, and elected 3 Labour Party representatives.

No idea what it would take for the other 60 odd percent to actually turn out and vote.

I shall take consolation in the possibility that it’s more a case of the majority knowing that no matter what the “scandal” or despicable actions of many, nothing ever does or ever will change.

Those who govern and represent us “learn lessons” and no one is found accountable.

C’est la vie.

Maltby ward

Election of a Borough Councillor for Maltby on Thursday 5 May 2016

I, Sharon Kemp, being the Returning Officer at this election, do hereby give notice that the number of votes recorded for each Candidate is as follows:

 Name of Candidate  Description (if any)  Number of Votes*
 BALL Simon Ashley  Independent  452
 BEAUMONT Christine  Labour Party  1,181 ELECTED
 BIGGIN Sharon  Independent  555
 BRADFORD Joy  Independent  444
 CARRATT Jonathan  Independent  750
 JARVIS Roger  UK Independence Party (UKIP)  948
 PRICE Richard  Labour Party  984 ELECTED
 RUSHFORTH Amy  Labour Party  1,037 ELECTED
 SALT Jane Rosemary  The Conservative Party Candidate  188

* If elected the word ‘Elected’ appears against the number of votes.

The number of ballot papers rejected was as follows: Number of ballot papers
 A  Want of an official mark  0
 B  Voting for more Candidates than the voter was entitled to  4
 C  Writing or mark by which the voter could be identified  0
 D  Being unmarked or wholly void for uncertainty  6
 E  Rejected in part  0
Total  10
 Vacant seats  3  Electorate  8,725  Ballot papers issued  2,813  Turnout  32.24%

I do hereby declare that the said Christine Beaumont, Richard Price and Amy Rushforth are duly elected Councillors for the Maltby Ward.

Sharon Kemp

Returning Officer


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Maltby Labour Party

I’ve tried not to bother myself with the antics of Maltby Town Council and our RMBC ¬†Labour Party representatives for Maltby, of late.¬†

The election of certain people to MTC¬†whose actions over the years have been nothing short of despicable, has kept me from showing any interest in a hope for a better future for Maltby. ¬†¬†I don’t need to name these people – most readers of this blog know who I am referring to and a browse through the archives here of posts around 2009/10/11 will jog your memory if needs be.

I even managed to get the Labour election propaganda leaflet which was posted through my door, to the refuse without having to look too closely at the false promises and same old faces. But I couldn’t ¬†resist looking at Facebook though, to see if Maltby Labour Party had a page, after reading about Dinnington’s page, on¬†Rotherham Politics.

I clearly have been blocked in advance from commenting on the page – likewise any other “social media” on which Rushforth, Barron, Champion, Hoddinot et al make comments, which is of no surprise to me whatever.

Maltby Labour Facebook page

The page appears to be a series of comments and photos by a select number of people and, as with the Dinnington page, any comment that questions or disagrees with Maltby Labour’s views is immediately removed.

If any one has the “good fortune” – I use the term lightly – to be able to make a comment or ask a question, could you please ask Maltby Labour Party’s candidates Amy Rushforth, Christine Beaumont and Richard Price, why they say that Malty Town Council is a separate situation to their representation of Maltby, when all 3 of these are on Maltby Town Council ?


Look forward to the response




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