Roger Stone was Leader of RMBC from 2003 until he resigned in 2014. It is said he was a sexist bully and completely the wrong man for the job as Leader. He resigned the same day the Alexis Jay report was published. Yesterday 10th March he was questioned by the Communities and Local Government Committee. Everyone and anyone who is outraged by the CSE scandal in Rotherham should watch Stone squirm and deny the truth of the Casey report. . http://parliamentlive.tv/Event/Index/05913185-e6d8-4f49-aede-03782febc381
His sorry excuses for what happened in Rotherham amounted to ‘I believed what Officers told me’.Who was running the council, Stone or paid officials? He has no leadership skills at all. “I accept the Jay report but I don’t accept the Casey report”. “I am not in denial”. “Risky Business was not closed down, it needed better management”. Really? “Do you accept you were an unfit leader?” “No I don’t accept that”. Astounding arrogance and a whole new meaning of the word ‘denial’. To quote; ‘A Manager does things right. A Leader does the right things’.
It is interesting to note that during Stone’s time as Leader of RMBC Labour councillor Jo Burton was Vice Chair of the Children and Young People’ Scrutiny Panel. She still claims she knows nothing of CSE even though the Scrutiny Panel were looking at ‘measures to address sexual exploitation of children and young people’. This was part of the work programme 2007/08. Part time Labour councillor Dalton set up her ‘gangs & grooming ‘ business during Stone’s time as leader. Dalton was elected as a borough councillor in 2011 and was criticised by Louise Casey for her ineffective role as chair of the Licensing Committee-responsible for taxis being used for the purposes of teenage prostitution.
Stone also has the brass neck to suggest Eric Pickles is ‘part of a conspiracy’ to take democracy away from Rotherham! All the evidence so far points to Stone’s leadership of RMBC being as democratic as North Korea ie: Me Leader. You jump. It is very evident from the video that Stone cannot and will not accept any responsibility for being an obnoxious twerp.