Cabinet members to discuss abuse report

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Members of Rotherham Council’s cabinet are set to meet this morning to discuss the report which identified 1,400 child sex abuse victims in the town over 16 years.

It is the first time the town’s councillors have met in public to discuss the damning findings - including a failure of authorities to act despite being aware of child grooming involving Pakistani men.

Former Rotherham councillor Shaun Wright - now South Yorkshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner - will face a vote of no confidence at Sheffield’s Full Council meeting today.

He was Rotherham’s Cabinet Member for Children’s Services between 2005 and 2010 and was also vice chairman of South Yorkshire Police Authority, which used to hold South Yorkshire Police to account.

Mr Wright has refused to resign from his post.

Yesterday the Labour Party suspended four Rotherham politicians.

Councillors Gwendoline Russell and Shaukat Ali, as well as former leader Roger Stone and ex-deputy leader Jahangir Akhtar have been suspended pending an investigation.

They held positions of responsibility in Rotherham when children were abused.

Mr Stone was leader of the council for 10 years.

Mr Akhtar resigned as the council’s deputy leader last year after reports, which he denied, alleged he knew about a relationship between a relative and an under-age girl in care.

He resumed his post after being cleared by the police of any blame but lost his seat to UKIP in the May election.

Ms Russell is chairman of Rotherham Council’s looked-after children scrutiny panel, while Mr Ali is a former mayor of the town.