Borough Elections re-run in 2016

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.

http://www.legislation.gov.uk/uksi/2015/884/made

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.

 

 

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4 Responses to Borough Elections re-run in 2016

  1. S Thornton says:

    In Anston, the Tories polled over a thousand votes, UKIP also polled over a thousand votes ( just missed winning by 50 votes) The Independent got over 500 and the greens and Lib Dems also collected votes. Labour polled over a thousand, which means more people in Anston voted AGAINST Labour than voted for them.
    The Tories and UKIP have a serious problem in Anston, both are “right wing” parties chasing “right wing” votes (thus splitting the vote), Labour are laughing, all they have to do is to keep getting out their core voters, and they will get in every time. This situation will arise across all of Rotherham next year, giving Labour a landslide. The only way to stop it is for some one to bring the two “right wing” parties together, in order to come to an agreement that they will field candidates only in alternative wards. If they are not prepared to do this, then they might as well not bother stuffing leaflets through letterboxes, they will be just wasting all their hard effort.
    Time to think about it

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  2. Insider. says:

    You would have thought the exposure of CSE in Rotherham and RMBC’s incompetence in failing to deal with it would put the Labour party at a disadvantage but as the local election results show tribal loyalty took precedence over any concerns for the the victims of CSE.
    Perhaps next year enough people will realise the Labour party cannot be trusted to do anything right and vote these unprincipled buffoons out of office.

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  3. Abigail Jones says:

    iT IS SURPRISING – IS THERE A LOOPHOLE SOMEWHERE ? JUST WONDERING!

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  4. LEN says:

    Yes it is surprising isn’t it AND against the national trend and such “convincing” wins. Doesn’t it make one wonder?

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