Rotherham Council Leader Roger Stone Summoned To Parliament
The former leader of Rotherham council has been summoned to parliament to answer questions about his handling of the town’s sexual exploitation scandal.
Roger Stone stepped down last August on the day the damning Jay report into Rotherham’s grooming problem was published, claiming least 1,400 children had been groomed for sex in the town, many during his tenure.
Stone, who led Rotherham council since 2003, has not spoken publicly since his sudden resignation. He is now set to attend the Department for Local Government and Communities (DCLG) select committee, which is investigating failures in leadership in the South Yorkshire town.
Earlier this month Stone was accused of presiding over a sexist and bullying culture which suppressed whistleblowers. In a report on the council’s mishandling of child sexual exploitation, Louise Casey, the government’s lead on troubled families, said Stone ruled with fear. Continue reading