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

Rotherham Politics

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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Rother Valley Candidates

Lee James Hunter UKIP for Rother Valley

Understandably people are concerned of who to vote for in this coming election, many are considering voting Teresa May ‘just so Brexit happens’ or vote Jeremy Corbin because that’s what they’ve always done, regardless of what the Media spins of the uncertainty of Brexit happening, rest assured that Brexit will happen regardless of party in power, because of the will of the people, a Teresa May majority will be a disaster for our communities, we need fresh new voices and new ideas that will benefit us, vote UKIP be the change

Out today in Whiston, myself, Allen Cowles leader of opposition Rotherham council and candidate for Rotherham central & UKIPcouncillors Nigel Simpson, Kath Reeder, Mick Elliot, we had an extremely positive response, looking forward to meeting many more people inRother Valley

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Kevin John Barron Labour for Rother Valley

Great turnout today in Dinnington for my campaign launch, thanks for coming. Now to hit #labourdoorstep across Rother Valley. You can help out with a a donation here

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Paul Martin Green Party for Rother Valley
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Bethan Eddy Conservative for Rother Valley


Incredibly proud to have been selected as Theresa May’s Conservative candidate in Rother Valley. We need to make sure we have a strong and stable leadership to make sure we get the best Brexit deal for the Country.

A good weekend knocking doors, delivering leaflets and talking to residents. Just a shame about the weather!

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Katie Pruszynski for Rother Valley

Katie Pruszynski was born and educated in London, before moving to Nottingham for university. She has a varied background; after leaving university, she established a theatre company directing critically acclaimed shows in London and Edinburgh.

She moved into communications working for a small corporate finance firm in London before finally achieving her ambition of working in Parliament. She spent four years as the Senior Parliamentary Assistant to an MP; that time gave her a deep understanding of the challenges facing people in their day-to-day lives, and she remains humbled by the experience.

Working in Parliament gave Katie the confidence and inspiration to become a public servant; and that desire to work for each of her potential constituents is what drives her. She has a particular interest in mental health and women’s issues, as well as a determination to bring political discussion back to people who feel cut off from their leaders in London.

Following her approval as a candidate last year, Katie was privileged to be selected to stand for Rother Valley. Although an adopted Northerner, she has felt at home since moving to the area almost two years ago. She spent much of the last year working with a small manufacturer in Sheffield, providing invaluable insight into the struggle so many similar businesses face in the Rother Valley. As MP, Katie will seek to champion these tenacious and innovative businesses in Sheffield City Region economy.

Katie lives in Sheffield with her husband and two young children, working as a communications consultant for charities, businesses and political candidates. She loves American politics and culture, plucky little theatre groups and spending weekends exploring the Peak District with her family.

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General Elections 2017 – final day to register to vote

Applications for electoral registration must reach the Electoral Registration Officer by Monday, 22nd May 2017.

Candidates who will stand for local seats in next month’s General Election have been confirmed.

Rotherham voters will go to the polls on Thursday 8 June to elect MPs in the following constituencies:

  • Rother Valley

The candidates are confirmed as:

Rother Valley

Kevin Barron – Labour

Bethan Eddy – Conservative

Lee Hunter – UKIP

Paul Martin – Green Party

Katy Pruszynski – Liberal Democrats

Name of Candidate
Home Address
Description (if any)
Names of Signatories
Proposers(+), Seconders(++) & Assentors

Kevin John
68 Brookhaven Way, Bramley, Rotherham, S66 1WH
Labour Party
Goy David A(+)
Adair Terence W Singleton Shaun Scott Michael Mirfin Dennis Goy Carole A(++) Bolton Glenys Ashton David J C Tillery Eric Swift John F

Bethan Sian
36 Clarkson Close, Nuneaton, CV11 4BA
The Conservative Party Candidate
Hunt Jonathan C V(+)
Benson Anne Shepherd June Middleton Christopher N Marsh Barrie  Thomas June(++) Hunt Susan A Thomas David T A Middleton Anne Marsh Ruth P

Lee James
16 Buckingham Way, Maltby, Rotherham, South Yorkshire, S66 7EA
UK Independence Party (UKIP)
Pittaway Christine A(+)
Murphy Claire Murphy Ann Murphy David Hunter Sharon L Moore Christopher(++) Pittaway Mark Cleary Elaine Murphy William White Kieron F J

Paul Neville
(address in the Rother Valley Constituency)
Green Party candidate
Barkley Ian D(+)
Gee David H Brown Richard C Littlewood Hilda C Senior Jill L Hamilton Wendy Elaine Brown Linda Malone Nicholas R Whyman Rebecca

Katie Mary
(address in the Sheffield Central Constituency)
Liberal Democrats
Taylor Colin D(+)
Hodgson Rachel H Richardson Jessica P Richardson Ann L aldi Jane E Taylor FrancesJ(++) Hodgson Alyn T Richardson Jemima F Richardson Paul A Martin Christine E V

The situation of Polling Stations and the description of persons entitled to vote thereat are as follows:

Situation of Polling Station
Station Number
Ranges of electoral register numbers of persons entitled to vote thereat
EB-1 to EB-2243
Centenary Hall, Bateman Road, Hellaby, Rotherham
EC-1 to EC-682
Addison Day Centre, Addison Road, Maltby, Rotherham
ED-1 to ED-1821
Addison Day Centre, Addison Road, Maltby, Rotherham

FE-1 to FE-1577
Maltby Linx Youth Centre, Lilly Hall Road, Maltby, Rotherham
IA-1 to IA-1341
The Grange Warden Centre, St. Bartholomew`s Close, Maltby, Rotherham
IB-1 to IB-520/1
Maltby Manor Academy, Davy Drive, Maltby, Rotherham
IC-1 to IC-1663
Maltby Service Centre, Braithwell Road, Maltby, Rotherham
ID-1 to ID-1195
Edward Dunn Memorial Hall, Tickhill Road, Maltby, Rotherham
IE-1 to IE-1123
Maltby St Marys Catholic Primary School, Muglet Lane, Maltby, Rotherham
IF-1 to IF-1148
Ascension Close Warden Centre, Ascension Close, Maltby, Rotherham
IG-1 to IG-915
The Grange Warden Centre, St. Bartholomew`s Close, Maltby, Rotherham
IH-1 to IH-102
Charles Foster Community Centre, Woodland Gardens, Maltby, Rotherham
II-1 to II-645

Statements of candidates in next post 

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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 🙂

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 ‘coup’ 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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