Club apprentices win South Yorkshire MP’s backing

Sarah Champion, Labour candidate in Rotherham by-election, pictured with David Blunkett, sports development apprentices at Rotherham United's Futsal Sponsorship Programme, and Jamie Noble, head of community at Rotherham United FC.

Sarah Champion, Labour candidate in Rotherham by-election, pictured with David Blunkett, sports development apprentices at Rotherham United's Futsal Sponsorship Programme, and Jamie Noble, head of community at Rotherham United FC.

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LABOUR’S Rotherham by-election campaign team has been promoting initiatives that ‘break down barriers’ between communities – after complaining about allegations in a leaflet claiming to be from the Respect Party.

Labour candidate Sarah Champion and David Blunkett, MP for Brightside and Hillsborough, visited sports development apprentices at Rotherham United FC’s futsal sponsorship programme.

The scheme is supported under the One Town One Community initiative.

A leaflet has been published claiming to be endorsing the Respect candidate, former journalist Yvonne Ridley, which accuses Labour of ‘racism, Islamophobia and corruption’.

Mr Blunkett branded the leaflet ‘disgraceful’ and Labour have made a complaint to the Electoral Commission and South Yorkshire Police.

The leaflet has been disowned by Respect.

Mr Blunkett said of the Millers programme: “It’s a good scheme and takes people from a variety of backgrounds.”

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