UKIP motion calls for Rotherham’s Labour councillors to stand for re-election

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Labour councillors in Rotherham should stand for re-election in the wake of the town’s sexual exploitation scandal, UKIP has said.

The call has been made in a motion being put forward by UKIP, the main opposition group on the authority, to today’s full council meeting.

Councillors will vote on the motion at the meeting, which will take place at the Town Hall from 2pm.

It follows the council elections which took place in the town earlier this year, which saw Labour maintain control but UKIP win 10 seats.

The motion states that Labour no longer command public support following the scandal.

It says, given the public outrage about the scandal and police and crime commissioner Shaun Wright’s claim that collective responsibility should be taken for the failings, ‘all current Labour members should be required to submit themselves for re-election, in order that we implement a new council with a new mandate to govern the town’.