Tory motion to refer CSE Review to Home Office is defeated

At a Full Council meeting held last night a motion set down by the local Conservative Group was defeated, despite being supported by the Liberal Democrats and three independent councillors. The Labour Party Group on Oldham Metropolitan Borough Council, which holds a comfortable 20 seat majority, voted it down after a short and surprisingly calmContinue reading “Tory motion to refer CSE Review to Home Office is defeated”

When deceit is your stock in trade

Much has been written elsewhere on this website about, very arguably, the most notorious hyperlocal political party in the country. It is a rare week, indeed, when the Failsworth Independent Party (FIP) is not embroiled in one scandal or another. Mostly brought about by the deceit and subterfuge that threads through just about everything theyContinue reading “When deceit is your stock in trade”

There may be trouble ahead

The last Full meeting of Oldham Council, held as recently as 2nd March, 2022 descended into chaos as the ruling Labour administration sought to have its Budget approved by the required majority of elected Members (read more here). The meeting scheduled for next week, looking at what is a very dense Agenda, may well seeContinue reading “There may be trouble ahead”

Publication date of Oldham CSE report delayed yet again

The release of a report into an alleged ‘cover-up’ of sex offending against children in Oldham, commissioned by the Greater Manchester Mayor, Andy Burnham, has suffered a further delay. The Oldham Strand of the Assurance Review chiefly concerns historic child sexual exploitation (CSE) allegations, and any Oldham Metropolitan Borough Council failings, and those of partnerContinue reading “Publication date of Oldham CSE report delayed yet again”

Things can only get better

Greater Manchester Police is still rated “inadequate” when it comes to investigating crime and responding to the public, but is has improved its performance in other areas. But overall it’s not achieving the expected level of service, the police inspectorate has said in a report released earlier today (3rd March, 2022). Her Majesty’s Inspectorate ofContinue reading “Things can only get better”

Better late than never

Following the exclusive breaking of the news, elsewhere on this website (read more here), that his final report has suffered further delays, Mayor of Greater Manchester, Andy Burnham, has issued the following statement on the publication of the assurance review into child sexual exploitation in Oldham: “Before any important report like this can be concluded,Continue reading “Better late than never”

You heard it here first

An article published on this website last Saturday (15th January, 2022) exclusively revealed that publication of the long-awaited Oldham Strand of the Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE) Assurance Review was set to suffer even further delays (read more here). It has been confirmed today by the Greater Manchester Mayor’s office, who commissioned and own the report,Continue reading “You heard it here first”

Will long-delayed CSE report miss yet another deadline?

In a statement published on the Greater Manchester Combined Authority (GMCA) website on 30th July, 2021, the Mayor of Greater Manchester announced that the long-awaited Oldham Strand of the Child Sexual Exploitation Review will be published in November 2021 or, at the latest, by the end of the year. That deadline was extended by Andy Burnham atContinue reading “Will long-delayed CSE report miss yet another deadline?”

All for nothing?

The perennially ineffective Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC) has completed the last of three investigations instigated as a result of the Public Inquiry into the death of Anthony Grainger (pictured above alongside his partner Gail Hadfield Grainger). Anthony was fatally shot in Culcheth, Cheshire, by a Greater Manchester Police (GMP) firearms officer during aContinue reading “All for nothing?”

Is Home Secretary prepared to break the law to avoid disclosure?

If only that headline was unique it would be some story, writes Neil Wilby. Regrettably, the United Kingdom presently has the worst (and most palpably lawless and morally bankrupt) Secretary of State for the Home Department in its history. No mean feat when one considers that previous hapless incumbents have included Jack Straw, David BlunkettContinue reading “Is Home Secretary prepared to break the law to avoid disclosure?”