With Labour’s controversial selection process for Rotherham culminating in a walk-out by local party members last night, questions have been asked as to why the leading local candidate was excluded from the shortlist after Labour sources claimed they needed “a clean break from the past”.
Having a literally glittering record for his ten years on Rotherham council, Mahroof Hussain was the obvious omission from a panel of candidates which is set by the party at national level. But local members stormed out of the selection meeting after being forced to pick from a choice of just two.
Perhaps the answer can be found in Hussains’ biography for a selection in another northern seat, Middlesborough:
“Mahroof Hussain is a councillor in Rotherham and has served on the council for the past 10 years. He worked with the Minister for Europe, Rt. Hon Denis MacShane MP as an advisor on Equality in Europe”
With the Scotland Yard and the Crow Prosecution Service reconvening a powerful committee to look again at Denis MacShane’s invoices, perhaps a potential future court date as a witness wasn’t what they were looking for in Rotherham’s next MP?