Rotherham Council leader resigns after new damning child abuse report

Rotherham Town Hall, Moorgate
Rotherham Town Hall, Moorgate
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Rotherham Council’s leader has resigned in the wake of the fresh Rotherham child sex abuse scandal engulfing the town.

The authority was slammed in a fresh report which said it denied and covered up the claims made in the Jay Report into 1,400 child abuse victims and that it is still failing to protect children.

Today the entire council cabinet announced it will resign, while fresh elections will be held for every councillor.

Now, Councillor Paul Lakin, leader of Rotherham Council, has announced his resignation.


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A statement released by Rotherham Council said: “Cllr Paul Lakin has confirmed his resignation as Leader of Rotherham Borough Council with immediate effect. He will also stand down as local councillor for Rotherham’s Valley Ward.

“The rest of the Council’s Cabinet confirmed earlier today their intention to resign their positions as soon as transitional arrangements are put in place.

“This follows the publication today of Louise Casey’s corporate governance inspection report, and a statement in the House of Commons by Secretary of State, Eric Pickles.