Rotherham Council’s Leadership Resigns Following Damning Child Sex Abuse Report

Martin Evans, Telegraph, February 4, 2015

Rotherham Council’s entire leadership has resigned following the publication of a damning report into the town’s child sexual exploitation scandal.

An independent report, ordered by Communities Secretary, Eric Pickles, concluded that the local authority was “not fit for purpose” after finding it has a culture of “bullying, sexism, suppression and misplaced ‘political correctness”‘.

Following the publication of the report, which was written by Louise Casey, Rotherham Council’s ruling Labour cabinet issued a statement annoucing the entire leadership was stepping down.

The statement said: “As a Cabinet, whatever the details, as the political leadership of the council we must take responsibility. We therefore announce our intention to resign our positions as soon as transitional arrangements can be put in place.”

Moments after the resignations were announced, Communities Secretary, Eric Pickles announced that the “wholly dysfunctional” council leadership was to be replaced by Government Commissioners.

He also said he would order early elections in 2016 for Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council.

In a statement to MPs he said: “My proposals are designed to give the council the new start it needs and to put an immediate end to the council’s on-going service and governance failure.

“I am seeking to make an order under the Local Government Act 2000 to move Rotherham council to all out elections in 2016 and every fourth year thereafter.

“The 2016 elections will be an opportunity for the people of Rotherham to renew the membership of their council and elect those they have confidence in.”

He added: “In the immediate term, I am minded to appoint commissioners who will provide new leadership taking over the roles of the currently wholly dysfunctional cabinet.

“I am proposing they will therefore initially exercise all the functions currently exercised by the cabinet–that is all the council’s executive functions.”

In addition the National Crime Agency (NCA) announced its ongoing investigation into child sexual exploitation in Rotherham was to be extended in the light of Miss Casey’s findings.

The NCA said it will “examine a number of potentially criminal matters identified during a recent inspection of Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council”.

In a statement the NCA said: “Communities and Local Government Minister Eric Pickles today informed Parliament of the outcome of an inspection conducted by a team led by Louise Casey. A number of matters have been referred to Operation Stovewood as they potentially fall within its terms of reference.

“It would not be appropriate to comment in detail about the matters referred until investigators have an opportunity to analyse the information, which they will do as part of phase one of the investigation.

“The NCA can confirm that the matters referred are allegations of potential criminal behaviour. Operation Stovewood is not investigating any misconduct matters.”

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  • superlloyd

    They should be in jail together with the muslim abusers.

    • They would be here in the USA. They would have been nailed on a whole slew of “conspiracy” and “obstruction of justice” charges. Sex assaults are taken much more seriously here, especially those against minors. A TSA agent I used to know, and who mercilessly stole from me is now eight years into a three-to-life sentence for raping children. His MRD (mandatory release date) is December 31, 8888, and since I doubt he plans on living to be age 6913, he’ll be on parole for life, even if he is ever released. The “to-life” part is mandatory by statute in Colorado; not even a judge can over-ride that. He thus can’t run the clock down and MRD his sentence; he’ll have to do what he needs to get parole.

      Before getting married, my ideal date was a nice-looking gal in her late 20’s or early 30’s with a college degree, a career, and her “stuff” together. Fortunately I got to marry one.

  • ThatWhiteGuy

    Greater concern for the PC narrative than the lives of countless innocent young women should be a crime itself. I am sickened more and more every time I read another story on this horror story.

  • dd121

    It’s understood by most that the left is attempting to normalize pedophilia just like they’ve normalized homosexuality. Undermining the moral basis of our society is just what they do.

  • Bon, From the Land of Babble

    Police were said to be aware that a victim was ‘raped with a broken bottle’ and some girls were ‘ordered to kiss perpetrators’ feet at gun point’ but never took any action.

    In one case an officer told a victim: ‘Don’t worry- you aren’t the first girl to be raped by XX and you won’t be the last’.

    They should get the same treatment their ancestors would have doled out to such scum: beheading.

    Send the bastards to jail – and make sure they are housed with and surrounded by violent, criminal muslims.

  • DiversityIsDeath

    Big deal. These crooked politicians were allowed to resign. That means they keep their pensions and benefits, and will be transferred to another city agency. That is not sufficient punishment. They should be FIRED, not “allowed to resign”, stripped of their pensions, and charged with criminal offenses. These creeps should be put on TRIAL.

  • Hammerheart

    Now to take measures to deport a certain demographic that played a key role in this shame…

  • LHathaway

    ” it has a culture of “bullying, sexism, suppression and misplaced ‘political correctness”‘.

    I’m sorry, that’s the funniest thing I’ve read this week so far. I must not have a lot of faith in the news.

  • Albert

    I’m glad people are starting to wake up and see the sickness of the pc narrative.