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’s official policy position was to back Remain and convince our supporters that was in their best interests. It was expected that 70 – 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 ‘safe’ 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 “7 or 7.5ish out of 10” 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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Kev’s mailing list – anyone on it ?

Just tried to sign up, again, to our Kev MP’s mailing list, here :


Unfortunately, this is the message I continue to get

“Sorry an error occurred while trying to save your details.”

I’ve been trying to register to my MP’s list for about, erm … … 6 or 7 YEARS now.

I know I’ve asked this before, but has anyone ever succeeded in registering ?

Is it just me …  … ?


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Barron’s caught out again- Private Eye

” THE big question about Sir Kevin Barron MP is not whether he can return to his £12,000-a-year post chairing the Commons’ standards committee – aka the double standards committee – after standing down last week while his own conduct is investigated, but whether Jeremy Corbyn will let the shameless Barron keep the Labour whip.

As chronicled in Eyes passim, Sir Kevin was probably the single biggest profiteer among all MPs who used the Commons expenses scheme prior to the 2009 leak of their claims, having bought a high-end Westminster flat with the taxpayer funding his mortgage interest – and then sold it at a profit of £500,000 without repaying a penny to the public purse.

Last week the Telegraph reproduced a contract Barron signed in 2012 with the Japanese Pharmaceutical Group, which lobbies on behalf of Japanese big pharma against British drugs firms. Sir Kevin took £5,000 a year from this shadowy outfit to provide “services” – including two dinners and a breakfast meeting at the Commons, despite parliamentary rules banning MPs from using House resources “to confer any undue personal or financial benefit on themselves or anyone else”.

‘No personal gain’
Barron hurriedly stood down as chairman on Thursday 10 March and used the time-worn dodge of referring himself to the Parliamentary Commissioner for Standards – who, of course, has in turn been reporting to none other than Sir Kevin for years. His excuse is that he made “no personal gain”. Oddly enough, that was also the mitigating plea by his old constituency neighbour and enemy, former Rotherham MP Denis MacShane, who had broken the rules to claim reimbursement for European networking and travel – and it was a plea Barron roundly rejected. (The two men had fallen out when MacShane defended the Times and its reporter Andrew Norfolk for exposing the Rotherham grooming scandal, to Sir Kevin’s fury.)

Another fellow South Yorkshire Labour MP, Richard Caborn, also fell out with Barron politically – and was also then roughed up by the double standards committee after being caught in a sting talking about work he would do when he stood down as an MP. Unlike Barron, he had signed no contract and made no promise to sponsor events in parliament. Nonetheless Sir Kevin and his committee decided Caborn was a wrongdoer and should be denied a parliamentary pass as an extra humiliation.

Three parliamentary QCs – Michael Howard, Menzies Campbell and Charlie Falconer – wrote to the committee on Caborn’s behalf, asking for his case to be reexamined. The committee split down the middle – whereupon Barron used his casting vote to refuse Caborn’s appeal. No doubt he hopes for more friendly treatment when the double standards committee looks at his own work for the Japanese lobbyist. ”



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Chief Constable of South Yorks to “leave his post”

Coincidence then, that this is reported on the same day as South Yorkshire Police’s handling of abuse was “inadequate” ?

Nice to keep your pension if you can …  …

“South Yorkshire Police Chief Constable steps down

The Chief Constable of South Yorkshire Police is to leave his post.

52-year-old David Crompton faced criticism for his handling of the child sexual exploitation scandal.

The South Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner paid tribute to his service:

“He’s done 31 years and feels the time has come to retire. He was very clear when I saw him. He feels he has done his bit – he’s a relatively young man and there are other things to do in life.”

“It’s a very pressurised job, probably one of the most pressurised of jobs in the country so I don’t blame him for going.

“The unique thing about South Yorkshire Police is that we’ve had all the challenges other forces are coping with in relation to austerity and balancing the books but we’ve also had not one but a number of high profile, very emotive issues that have had to be dealt with.

“Many would have buckled under the strain of just one of these but to carry on with the strain of all these things has been quite a challenge.

“All credit to the chief constable that he has remained strong throughout that time when a lot of people would have simply given up and walked away.”

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