Excl: Enfield councillor who failed to pass panel now dep to leader who altered papers to let him stand | The SKWAWKBOX


A series of exclusives by the SKWAWKBOX revealed the ‘irregularities‘ in the selection process for local election candidates – overseen by then-local campaigns secretary Nesil Caliskan – that ultimately led to right-winger Ms Caliskan becoming leader of Enfield council in London.

The councillors who elected her included a significant number who had only become council candidates via the irregular process she ran.

The skewed selection process also led, shockingly, to the deselection of all the borough’s black councillors and triggered a series of protests and calls for investigation across the Labour political spectrum – including half the council’s Cabinet – and the resignation of all of Enfield Labour group’s female officers except Ms Caliskan, amid accusations of bullying, intimidation and physical threats.

The national party was forced to step in, effectively putting Enfield Labour group into special measures.

 

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US Archbishop Quits Amid Sex Abuse Coverup Charges


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‘…………..By Polly Davis Doig,  Newser Staff

Archbishop John Nienstedt speaks, Friday, Jan. 16, 2015, after the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis filed for bankruptcy protection.  (AP Photo/Jim Mone)
Archbishop John Nienstedt speaks, Friday, Jan. 16, 2015, after the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis filed for bankruptcy protection.
(AP Photo/Jim Mone)

(NEWSER) – The archbishop of St. Paul, Minn., stepped down this morning over allegations that his deeply troubled archdiocese repeatedly failed to protect children from what the AP is calling “unspeakable harm from a pedophile priest.” Out of a job is Archbishop John Nienstedt, as well as Auxiliary Bishop Lee Anthony Piche, whose resignations were accepted by Pope Francis under a canonical code that allows bishops to resign before retirement because of a “grave” reason making them unfit to serve. Minnesota prosecutors earlier this month charged the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis as a corporation with having “turned a blind eye” to “numerous and repeated reports of troubling conduct” by former priest Curtis Wehmeyer, who is currently serving five years for molesting two boys. He faces prosecution in a third case.

Says Nienstedt in a statement, per the Star Tribune: “I leave with a clear conscience knowing that my team and I have put in place solid protocols to ensure the protection of minors and vulnerable adults.” Facing settlements with abuse victims, his archdiocese earlier this year filed for bankruptcy; the St. Paul Pioneer Press reported last month that it put several buildings, including the archbishop’s residence, up for sale. The resignations come just days after Pope Francis created a tribunal designed to crack down on bishops who fail to protect their flocks. The BBC reports that this morning the Vatican announced that its former ambassador to the Dominican Republic will stand trial in a Vatican criminal court next month amid allegations he sexually abused boys. Francis earlier this year accepted the resignation of Kansas City Bishop Robert Finn, who pleaded guilty to covering up for a pedophile priest.  …………’

 

Missouri Police Officers & Officials Quit After Town Elects First Black Female Mayor


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As the town of Parma, Mo. celebrated its first Black female mayor, several officials decided to step down instead, the Huffington Post reports.

Last Tuesday, Tyrus Byrd was officially sworn in as the city’s next mayor, beating incumbent Randall Ramsey. Over 80 percent of Parma officials resigned following Byrd’s induction, including five of the six police officers, the town clerk, attorney, and supervisor of the water treatment.

Byrd didn’t give attention to the resignations, saying she will look into the actions at another time. What Byrd does want to focus on is the state of the town and working out some of its biggest problems.

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Business as usual. Newly elected mayor will wait to address the loss of police personnel in the city of Parma pic.twitter.com/OU9OmKWQzX

— Allison Twaits KFVS (@atwaitskfvs) April 14, 2015

The small town, which has over 700 residents, didn’t seemed phased by the resignations, while others cited ignorance and possible racism for the move. Ramsey stated the officials listed “safety reasons” for their resignation.

“I think it’s pretty dirty they all quit without giving her a chance,” resident Martha Miller told KFVS. “But I don’t think they hurt the town any by quitting, because who needs six police for 740 people.”

Byrd worked as a city clerk before winning the position as mayor.

SOURCE: Huffington Post | VIDEO CREDIT: NDN

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