Oldham Council bosses’ ‘secret blacklist’

Mark Kenyon in council chamber

After recent chaotic council meetings, Oldham Metropolitan Borough Council bosses have not only beefed up security, but also secretly blacklisted twelve people who are banned from attending council meetings.

Liberal Democrat Councillor, Mark Kenyon (pictured above right), said, earlier today, in a short press release:

“My colleague noticed security staff with a list of names and photos of 12 people. He was told they were the people banned from Oldham Council meetings.”

The councillor for Grotton, Springhead and Lees has requested a copy of the blacklist from senior council officers only to be turned down.

He continues: “Behaviour at council meetings from some people – both councillors and those watching – has been abhorrent, and behaviour does need to improve, but banning people and keeping that ban secret is just plain wrong. Me and my colleagues were elected, in part, to ask questions of the council on behalf of the people of the Borough.

“I’ve asked three times – now I want an answer.”

Amen to that. The list of ‘cover-ups’ by OMBC’s senior paid officers just gets longer by the day. Here’s another one posted elsewhere on this website this morning (read here).

The Council press office has been contacted with a request for a statement from the chief executive.

The ruling Labour Group has also been approached for comment.

Neil Wilby Media is fairly sure that it has put together the names of the blacklisted ‘Oldham Twelve’. The first four recipients of the ASBI warning letters issued by OMBC all freely self-identified on social media (Warren Bates, Debbie Barratt Cole, Lynne Kovacs, Gary Leese). The remaining eight, apart from Garry Dunkerley who again self-identified, have been harder to winkle out, aided mainly by loose tongues amongst The Rabble and at least one councillor closely associated with Raja Miah giving the game away.

Page last updated Wednesday 7th September, 2022 at 1010hrs

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