Rother Valley Election Result 2017

Barron- Kevin John.        Labour            23,821-Elected

Eddy- Bethan Sion.          Conservative  19,939

Hunter- Lee James.          UKIP               3,704

Martin- Paul Neville.        Green                869

Pruszyinski- Katie Mary  Lib-Dem         1,155

Majority 3,882.   Turnout 65.87%.

No real surprises in this constituency except Barron’s majority has been cut from 7,297 he gained in 2015.

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Annual Parish Meeting.

At the Annual Parish Meeting on 31st May the councillors who attended-Cllrs. Tarmey, Thornton, Bentley, Graham, Sadler and Tawn came prepared to listen to and discuss any concerns of the residents of Anston- that is the reason for  the APM.

It is wholly unsatisfactory that the nine other councillors did not attend. Perhaps one or two of them were working or had family commitments but there were not nine apologies for absence recorded. The parishioners of Anston should question their commitment to parish affairs.

Once the meeting commenced complaints about the efficiency and effectiveness of APC were raised ,however a lot of what was said has been said before in council meetings and nobody from the (sparse) audience was prepared to offer any positive ideas or suggestions that  would help to promote community cohesiveness.

Mr.Steve Baker (former APC councillor) raised the question of the Community Woodland and asked why were trees planted near an existing woodland when there are more suitable areas that would benefit from tree planting?

Good question IMV ,perhaps Cllr.Jonathan Ireland, Chairman of the Community Woodland Charity can tell us why he and his fellow members planted more trees near the existing woods on Rackford Meadows?

Nothing of any substance was discussed or resolved at the Annual Parish Meeting, it was a waste of everyone’s time and effort because a vocal minority think they have the Monopoly on Truth and Wisdom.

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Corbyn Lies: “I never met the IRA”

On May 26th  Jeremy Corbyn told Andrew Neil in an interview: “I never met the IRA”

In 1984, two weeks after the Brighton bombing, Corbyn invited two members of the Provisional IRA, Linda Quigley and Gerard McLoughlin, to parliament. MacLochlainn was a close friend of Corbyn.

In 1981 he served two and a half years in jail for conspiracy to cause explosions.

According to a report in the Sinn Fein/IRA newspaper An Phoblacht, in 2000 Corbyn shared a platform with Brendan McKenna at an event commemorating Bloody Sunday.

McKenna was jailed for his role in bombing the British Legion hall in Portadown. 

In 2005 Corbyn shared a platform with Raymond McCartney at a meeting about Bloody Sunday.

McCartney was a member of the Provisional IRA.

In 2007 Corbyn spoke alongside Martina Anderson at an event organised by his CLP.

Anderson was jailed for plotting a series of terror attacks in London and twelve English seaside towns. 

In 2009, an An Phoblacht report places Corbyn at a Sinn Fein dinner with Diane Abbott and Ken Livingstone. The event was hosted by Gerry Adams and IRA member Gerry Kelly

Kelly was jailed for his part in the Old Bailey bombing which killed one and injured 200.

In July 2011, Jeremy Corbyn chaired a Sinn Fein event commemorating the Hunger Strikes. An Phoblacht says Corbyn shared a platform there with the IRA member Brendan ‘Bik’ McFarlane, who was a part of an IRA gang which killed four Protestant civilians and a UVF member in a pub bombing.

Also present was Jennifer McCann, who was sentenced to 20 years imprisonment for the murder of a RUC constable. 

A demonstrable lie from Jezza…

Corbyn was of no consequence to the Irish peace process and his attitude, demeanour under questions shows that he has no regard at all for what is right or wrong. Either morally or politically.

There can be no peace process or dialogue with ISIS. yet he seems to imply this in his usual vague manner of speech. He is never direct at all. He even lied about seats on a train.

Corbyn is part of the establishment who has been an MP for decades drawing a generous salary to fund his attendance at rallies, usually against his own government

He pretends to care about the poor. but is really more interested in an ideological war than in supporting the people he purports to champion.

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UPDATE @ 11:20pm: Confronted by Iain Dale in an LBC interview on May 27th Diane Abbott admits Corbyn did share platforms with IRA killers.  Corbyn’s lies exposed…



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Barron airbrushes Corbyn

How strange; Sir Kev’s election leaflet makes no mention of Jeremy Corbyn at all. There is plenty of what you would expect from the sitting Labour MP-Tories and Tory plans are bad but I’m good. Sir Kev is one of many Labour candidates who do not include either a photograph or any reference to the Labour leader.

People are of course free to vote for any political party and in these here parts it is the Labour party candidate who is the favourite to win but seriously: Corbyn as PM? With can’t-do-my-sums-Abbott and the insufferably arrogant Thornberry as Ministers of State? Combine this with Kier Starmer’s pledge to ‘rip up the Tories Brexit White Paper’ and you can understand why Sir Kev campaigns as a lone soldier.

Does Sir Kev deserve your vote? He complained RMBC councillors did not talk to him nor did South Yorkshire Police. He also said he never had long and meaningful conversations with his daughter Amy Rushforth so when the CSE scandal blew up Sir Kev claimed he knew nothing about it.

Why would you vote for a man who doesn’t know anything?


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Why Vote Labour?

  1. In last year’s EU referendum 66% of people in Rother Valley ward voted to leave the EU. Local Labour MP Sir Kevin Barron voted Remain.

The Rother Valley Ward is; Anston & Woodsetts. Dinnington.Hellaby.Holderness.Maltby.Rother Vale. Sitwell and Wales.

18046 people voted to Remain and 36182 voted to Leave. 54228 votes in total which means an overwhelming 66.72% in Rother Valley voted to Leave the EU.

The Parliamentary Labour party has said that it will do its utmost to thwart Theresa May’s efforts to get the best deal possible in negotiations with EU leaders. With this in mind can anyone explain exactly why people in Rother Valley should vote for the Labour candidate Barron?

His record in Anston is abysmal. Our roads are crumbling, he has not spoken out against fracking in Anston nor building on greenbelt. What new businesses has he attracted to Anston? What has he actually done for this part of the Borough?

Shouldn’t people vote for the party most likely to grant their wishes to leave the EU.? Do they vote for the Labour party because their Fathers, Grandfathers and Great Grandfathers voted Labour?

Do they honestly believe voting for the Labour party is the patriotic thing to do and in our Country’s best interests?


















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Can our Labour MP’s Be Trusted?

In light of the current snap General Election and the on going Police investigation into the three Labour MPs for electoral expenses fraud after they allegedly failed to declare tens of thousands of pounds spent on recruiting staff to get them re-elected back in 2015 South Yorkshire Police say that an application for an extension had been granted by the courts, I think now would be a good opportunity to enlighten readers with some forgotten information.

With the MP’s winning two High Court cases and showing that they will take anyone to court who dares to question their claimed lack of knowledge there was and is a massive problem of organized sexual abuse going on in their constituencies with a reluctance to focus attention on the perpetrators of these crimes for reasons of “community cohesion” or electoral expediency. It appears to be a common theme.

Rotherham MP Sarah Champion caused outrage after putting in an expenses claim for a £17 Remembrance Day poppy wreath claiming it was a ‘necessary expense’. Ms Champion then laid the wreath at a service in her Rotherham constituency although the money has since been paid back. Ms Champion was told she was not allowed to claim for Remembrance wreaths by IPSA, the parliamentary expenses watchdog.Would this have been paid back if the IPSA hadn’t picked up on it?

Doesn’t she receive enough money to have paid for this out of her own pocket in the first place?

Are the Labour MPs really complicit in a Cover-up?

Former Rotherham MP Denis Macshane who was first elected in 1994 but resigned in 2012 prior to a six month jail sentence for expenses fraud, admitted his political leanings stopped him from addressing the problem when he was the Rotherham MP.

Macshane in an interview with the BBC said he was aware of illegal incest and “the oppression of women within bits of the Muslim community in Britain” but turned a blind eye.

He admitted: “Perhaps yes, I suppose I didn’t want to raise that it was too hard”. The Times reported him also having said: “I, like so many MPs, preferred to keep silent on some of the dirty secrets about bad practices in the Kashmiri Muslim community”, a community that supplies “vast reservoirs” of votes at election time he added “There is in our country, just a dreadful culture and I wouldn’t pick particular on one ethnic community but it is a real problem, it’s a longer story about the nature of that community, their sexual relations, and the way they treat women”.

Another local unnamed MP has also confided the abuse remained unspoken of for so long because “there was a culture of not wanting to rock the multicultural community boat, if I may put it like that”. A culture of intimidation locally may have also played a part.

Reports about child sexual abuse began to surface relatively regularly in the national press back in 2011. A year later Wentworth and Dearne MP John Healey received a letter from a constituent expressing concern but he dismissed it. The Times reported that the local man, wrote to his MP in 2012 to inform him locals were “deeply disturbed by what was happening in Rotherham”.

The constituent asked whether his MP John Healey for the area since 1997 (which is alleged to be around the year the abuses of the 1,400 girls in Rotherham began), would “call for an investigation of all parties at fault”, meaning local child protection agencies and police as well as the perpetrators. John Healey replied” “I am not sure an inquiry would help the girls and their families, especially if it focuses solely on Rotherham and on Asian men grooming white girls”.

The Labour MP for Rother Valley, Sir Kevin Barron who has represented the area since 1983, said that in the past 16 years he had only ever been approached by one family in regard to child abuse issues.

Mr Barron said during the time he helped to raise the matter with the police and ensured the victim and her father gave evidence to the Home Affairs Select Committee in January 2013.

The MP told a local newspaper “It now appears that the case was not a relatively rare one as I had thought and that the abuse by her attackers and subsequent failure of response by the very agencies whose role it was to protect her was a widespread situation and just the tip of the iceberg in terms of child sexual exploitation. Why didn’t Mr Barron follow this up and investigate this himself ? He would have then known it wasn’t an isolated case.

Mr Barron has also said “local MPs have regular meetings with council leaders every three months and he could not remember the issue of child sexual exploitation ever being brought up for discussion”.

Are we to believe that after reports and minutes of meetings which have since been seen about CSE in Rotherham, that no councillor or Leader ever spoke to a Rotherham MP about this important issue?

Don’t the three MP’s speak to each other?

The Times report from 2011 which at first didn’t name Rotherham but referred to a place in “Northern England” where local sources “where so scared of reprisals that their town must not be named” went some way to explain why the abuser’s own community didn’t reveal their activities, which were often conducted in broad daylight.

The article refers to comments by community sources, who spoke of the “widespread view that betraying members of one’s own community to the police would be an even greater sin than child sexual exploitation.” White girls are targeted by such men because “if they did it to a Muslim girl, they’d be shot”.

As the parliamentary inquiry into the conduct of local agencies and authorities continues questions have been raised about the competency of the very bodies that were supposed to protect those abused.

During the questioning of the then resigning Rotherham chief executive Martin Kimber it emerged that an important and detailed piece of evidence, a 2008 report on child abuse had “disappeared” from the council’s archives.

We need a vote for change or are we too complacent to not care about crimes against children and the spin our three MP’s want us to hear?


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Tram Train pilot during Spring bank holiday

The pioneering Tram Train project in South Yorkshire will take a significant step towards completion in the coming weeks as construction work continues.

Engineers from Network Rail will replace College Road bridge in Rotherham. The old road bridge needs to be demolished and a new, higher one installed so that the overhead lines which will power the Tram Trains can be safely installed underneath. To allow the bridge to be replaced, College Road will be closed for 18 weeks from Friday 14 April to Friday 18 August 2017.

South Yorkshire Passenger Transport Executive (SYPTE) was awarded £51 million from the Department for Transport to undertake the two-year pilot, with project partners Network Rail, Northern Rail and Stagecoach Supertram. Learning gained from the pilot will help determine whether Tram Trains can run in other parts of the country.

Work to prepare for the Tram Train service includes:
– Electrification of the rail line from Meadowhall South to Rotherham Central Station and Rotherham Parkgate tramway to the train tracks
– Construction of a 400 metre rail line (called the Tinsley Chord) to link the tramway to the train tracks
– New tram stop at Rotherham Parkgate
– Extended rail platforms at Rotherham Central Station
– Rail replacement engineering work to the Stagecoach Supertram network
– Modifications to the Stagecoach Supertram depot to accommodate Tram Trains
– The manufacture of seven Tram Train vehicles by Vossloh in Spain.

Rotherham Council’s Cabinet Member for Jobs and the Local Economy Cllr. Denise Lelliott added that better transport connections would help to reinvigorate the local economy.

All very good you might think but this grand scheme does not offer a single advantage to people who live in Anston. It’s all very well being able to whizz between Sheffield and Rotherham but what and where are the proposals to help us get there? There is the 19B bus service from Anston to Rotherham Interchange which takes 52 minutes. Alternatively there are the 216/X5 and X55 buses between Dinnington Interchange/Ryton Rd. which have journey times of 1 hour.      Seriously?

How many people want the Tram/Train running through Anston and Dinnington?

Let’s recap on this: £51 Million for The Tram Train pilot which will run for two years with a view to permanent operation and it is a sure bet that if  Stagecoach end up operating this scheme they won’t have to repay £51 million.

Would it have been better if RMBC had asked for money to repair and improve our roads instead? The A57 between Anston crossroads and Todwick is still a bottleneck. Woodsetts Rd and Swinston Hill Rd are still in urgent need of repairs.

Modern transport links are vital if Rotherham is to prosper but towns and cities need people to work in them, how is it proposed these same people get to work without snarling up the roads networks?


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