Ian Thomas Tell the TRUTH

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Petition – Ian Thomas Tell the TRUTH

We call on the Strategic Director of Children and Young People's Services in Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council (RMBC) to issue a public statement giving his reasons for deciding to return 1400 copies of the publication Voices of Despair Voices of Hope, with the statement taking note of the fact that it was agreed that a leaflet produced by RMBC would be distributed along with Voices of Despair Voices of Hope and also the further arrangements suggested in a meeting in April 2015 by the officer who facilitated and joined the trip to the Houses of Parliament and Downing Street on 25 March 2015.

The lead petitioner is an adult survivor of sexual exploitation in Rotherham - please note background.

Background.

I provided my voice for the publication Voices of Despair Voices of Hope. 500 copies of Voices of Despair Voices of Hope were published on 28 February 2015. A few days later an officer at Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council (RMBC) ordered 1500 copies (at a cost of £6000) and these were delivered to Rotherham Council before the end of March 2015.

I joined the trip to the Houses of Parliament on 25 March 2015. There is information here including a link to a radio broadcast made during that trip:

http://real2.org/could-you-just-listen/ian-thomas-tell-the-truth/

We also handed copies of Voices of Despair Voices of Hope into 10 Downing Street and left copies for every member of the Cabinet and Shadow Cabinet and several Select Committees.

RMBC paid for the bus for the trip and an officer joined us and spoke in a meeting in the House of Parliament and photographed us handing copies of Voices of Despair Voices of Hope into 10 Downing Street.

On 15 September 2015, the same RMBC officer who joined us on 25 March replied to an email about a second edition of Voices of Despair Voices of Hope (voices of those suffering from hate and racism) by stating that a decision had been made by officials in RMBC to not distribute 1400 copies of Voices of Despair Voices of Hope. I believe that the reasons this officer gave were completely false.

Please also note:

http://real2.org/voices-of-despair-voices-of-hope-10-downing-street/

 

 



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