Although the general and local elections are over Rotherham’s controlling Labour group made such a pigs ear of investigating and ignoring the scale of CSE in 2014 the DCLG appointed five commissioners to run Rotherham and new elections to the council take place next year.
Elections of the council of the borough of Rotherham
2.—(1) Subject to paragraph (4), the scheme for the ordinary elections of councillors for all wards of the borough is a scheme under which—
(a)the term of office of councillors is four years;
(b)the elections are held in a given year and every fourth year after it;
c)all the councillors are elected in each year in which the elections are held; and
(d)the councillors retire together.
(2) The first ordinary elections of councillors under the scheme specified in paragraph (1) shall be held on the ordinary day of election of councillors in 2016.
(3) The councillors holding office for any ward of the borough immediately before the fourth day after the ordinary day of election of councillors in 2016 shall retire on that date and the newly elected councillors for those wards shall come into office on that date.
(4) The scheme specified in paragraph (1) only has effect in relation to the ordinary elections of councillors on or after the ordinary day of election of councillors in 2016.
Changes to years of parish elections for parishes within the borough
3.—(1) The ordinary elections of parish councillors for all parishes within the borough that would, but for this Order, have taken place in 2019 and every fourth year after 2019 shall instead take place on the ordinary day of election of councillors in 2020 and every fourth year after 2020.
(2) The parish councillors holding office for all parishes within the borough who would, but for this Order, have retired on the fourth day after the ordinary day of election of councillors in 2019 shall retire on the fourth day after the ordinary day of election of councillors in 2020 and the newly elected parish councillors shall come into office on that date.
Given the scale of CSE uncovered in Rotherham last year it seems surprising a large percentage of Rotherham’s residents decided to elect a majority of Labour councillors. Perhaps the electorate forgot or dismissed the CSE scandal which engulfed RMBC and led to the resignation of several high profile councillors-plus the PCC- and made the intervention of the DCLG and Home Secretary inevitable. Part of our democratic process – Freedom of Choice – cannot and must not be curtailed and the choices people make sometimes have far reaching consequences. It does seem in this instance the abuse of 1400+ young people has been overidden by political slogans and indifference.