Letter: Time for Labour to ditch the tactics of Brett, Farnell and Emmott

Date published: 10 December 2017

Dear Editor, 

Time for Labour to ditch Brett, Farnell and Emmott and to move forward.

As the battle builds up to become the next leader of the Labour group, and therefore the next leader of Rochdale Council, the behind the scenes behaviour of the Farnell, Brett, Emmott band is proving to be just as disgraceful as it always has been.

A last minute entry into the leadership race from Neil Emmot to try and divide the opposition to Brett, and to then transfer his vote to Brett, is nothing other than a cynical ploy. The Emmotts are not even here, they are away and not in Rochdale.

Let us not forget that Brett took Labour to its biggest electoral defeat locally, and reduced the Labour group to just 16 members.

Given Neil Emmott and Richard Farnell were very close friends of Mary Moffat, it is unbelievable that they did not share their knowledge of what was going on at Knowl View school in the 80s and early 90s.

When Labour councillors vote on Monday to elect a new leader, I ask them to examine their moral conscience and elect for a fresh start, with a promise to put the victims of abuse first.


Colin Lambert
Former Leader of Rochdale Council

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