No-one on Rotherham Council can be proud because they "clearly failed" young and vulnerable children, according the former deputy leader.
Speaking exclusively to ITV News Jahangir Akhtar said that he "wasn't around" and had not been part of the executive when reports of the abuse first surfaced.
A recent report has revealed more than 1,400 children were abused during 2005 and 2010.
Children as young as 11 were raped by large groups of men, a new inquiry into child sexual exploitation in Rotherham has found.
A report into 16 years of child sexual abuse in Rotherham has concluded that the true scale of exploitation in the town will never be known.