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Councillors suspended over sex abuse scandal


4 councillors suspended by Labour Party over #Rotherham sex abuse scandal. Among them-Roger Stone, who resigned last week @itvcalendar

Cllr Gwendoline Ann Russell, Jahangir Akhtar and Cllr Shaukat Ali have also been suspended, pending further investigation.

As Ed Miliband made clear last week large numbers of young people in Rotherham were systematically abused and then let down by those who should have protected them.

It cannot be allowed to stand.

In addition, two former members of the party will require NEC approval of any application to re-join the Labour Party

They are Shaun Wright and Maurice Kirk.

We have also suspended the current Rotherham local government selection procedure and put the Labour Party’s NEC in overall control of a new, rigorous selection procedure.

And we have instructed the Labour Group on Rotherham Council to set up a scrutiny committee on child protection that includes independent advisors to help rebuild public confidence in the council.

Further action against others in position of responsibility at the time may follow.

– Labour party

Force launches independent investigation into abuse

The Chief Constable of South Yorkshire Police, David Crompton, is initiating an independent investigation into the force’s handling of child sexual exploitation.

David Crompton
South Yorkshire Police Chief Constable, David Crompton Credit: Press Association

Questions have been raised about how the force intends to address issues identified in Professor Jay’s report relating to exploitation in Rotherham.

A fully independent and impartial investigation is required to ensure that people have confidence that organisations or any individuals will be investigated fairly, rigorously and with complete impartiality.

The investigation will properly and independently examine the role of both the police and council during the period identified and address any wrongdoings or failings, which will allow the appropriate action to be taken.

We must give victims the confidence to come forward in the knowledge that all agencies will listen, will act, provide appropriate support, and relentlessly pursue those who offend against our young people.

– Chief Constable David Crompton

Discussions have also begun to find an appropriate force to carry out the inquiry.


Controversial incinerator set to go-ahead

What the incinerator would look like
What the incinerator would look like

Councillors in North Yorkshire are set to give the go ahead for an incinerator. That's despite opposition from local residents in Knaresborough and losing government funding.

The facility at Allerton Park would dispose of non-recycled household waste either mechanically, biologically or in a specialist waste plant.

The proposal was agreed in principal in 2010 and was supported by Government funding under a Private Finance Initiative. However, this funding was withdrawn in February 2013.

The withdrawal of the PFI credits was unexpected, and presented us with a considerable challenge.

However, after examining the project in great detail, the council’s officers have determined that over the 25 years of the contract, the proposal is still the best long term available solution to the disposal of waste generated in NorthYorkshire and York.

– Councillor Chris Metcalfe, North Yorkshire County Council

Ward reopens after sickness bug outbreak

A ward at Scunthorpe General Hospital struck by an outbreak of a sickness bug has reopened.

Ward 17 was shut down when patients, visitors and staff became ill with Norovirus. The ward has undergone a deep clean. However, ward 16 remains closed to new admissions.

Visitors and staff who have shown symptoms are urged not to come to the hospital until they have been symptom free for 48 hours.

Strip Rotherham Council of children's services says local MP

The Conservative MP for Skipton and Ripon has written to the Education Secretary asking her to remove responsibility for children's services from Rotherham Council. It follows last week's report into the sexual exploitation of children in Rotherham which revealed more than 1,400 were abused from 1997 to 2013.


Ambulance staff go out on strike

Yorkshire Ambulance Service ambulance
The walk-out takes place 3pm-9pm Credit: Press Association

Ambulance staff across Yorkshire are walking out on strike today. Around 400 members of the Unite Union are taking part in the action. The strike begins at 3pm and lasts for six hours. Yorkshire Ambulance Service says it's disappointed, but that the trust is making changes to address some of the concerns raised by staff.

MPs to quiz police chief and BBC over raid at Sir Cliff Richard's home

 The driveway leading to the estate in Sunningdale, Berkshire, which houses Sir Cliff Richard's apartment.
The driveway leading to the estate in Sunningdale, Berkshire, which houses Sir Cliff Richard's apartment. Credit: Aisling Ennis/PA Wire

The Director General of the BBC and the Chief Constable of South Yorkshire will have to answer MPs questions later about a raid on Sir Cliff Richard's home.

The Home Affairs Select Committee chair had written to both sides asking why the broadcaster seemed to know about the raid before it happened. Sir Cliff denies an allegation of historic sex assault.

Ben Arfa rounds off Tigers' deadline day dash

Hull City have rounded off an impressive transfer deadline day with the late signing of winger, Hatem Ben Arfa, from Newcastle United.

Hatem Ben Arfa joins the Tigers after falling out of favour at Newcastle United
Hatem Ben Arfa joins the Tigers after falling out of favour at Newcastle United Credit: Press Association

The mercurial forward had fallen out of favour at St. James' park and has joined the Tigers on loan, along with other last day deals Abel Hernandez, Gaston Ramirez and Mohamed Diame.


NEW SIGNING: We are delighted to announce the loan signing of Hatem Ben Arfa from @nufc #UTT

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