Forced to resign after being heavily criticised by Louise Casey CB. in the aftermath of the CSE scandal RMBC’s former Cabinet Members stayed out of sight waiting for the results of the elections on May 11th.
Since then they have regrouped but not recanted. One member of the discredited council Cllr.Dominic Beck has resurfaced as Chairman of the Standards Committee which seems very bizarre given he was a member of the Overview and Scrutiny Management Board which was allegedly supposed to review what all the separate scrutiny panels were discussing.
Rotherham had on paper a scrutiny structure that appeared comprehensive but the Scrutiny Board failed to investigate and act on the issue of CSE.
The highlight of Beck’s former chairmanship of Anston Parish Council was to telephone the police to eject a disabled pensioner after a parish meeting turned into an ugly standoff between Labour councillors and members of the public after Beck refused to read out the pensioner’s question. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-_uOGVJ1LYk.
You will also see former Labour councillor Dalton attempting to stop the filming of this disgraceful episode-an offence classed as Common Assault- http://www.cps.gov.uk/legal/l_to_o/offences_against_the_person/
which shows Labour councillors putting into practice their version of ‘Democracy’.
It is beyond disgrace that the former joke chairman of APC – and a disgraced ex-Cabinet Member as well – should be chosen by his fellow Labour councillors to chair the Standards Committee when he has three outstanding complaints against him which have so far not been actioned nor investigated by Labour sympathiser Jacqui Collins RMBC’s Monitoring Officer.
How can you be classed as ‘Not Fit for Purpose’ in a hard hitting report and then be chosen to chair the Standards Committee by failed councillors on the same failed council?
1.Serving as or conforming to an established or accepted measurement or value: a standard unit of volume.
2. Widely recognized or employed as a model of authority or excellence:
RMBC Labour councillors have given a slap in the face to 1400 abused children by re-arranging jobs between themselves.
Where is the fresh blood and fresh thinking we were promised?
Or are they like the other ‘promises’ made by the Leader Chris Read– bedmate of Deputy Leader Emma Hoddinott– just hot air and part of the smoke and mirrors act designed to try and fool the Commissioners and the electorate that things are improving and RMBC is “Moving on”?