Council delay issue of more ASBI warnings to ‘protesters’

In an exclusive, and controversial, article published elsewhere on this website on 5th August, 2022 four recipients of warning letters issued by Oldham Metropolitan Borough Council were identified (read here). Each had received notice, delivered by a process server who was accompanied by officers from Greater Manchester Police, that set out a schedule of unacceptableContinue reading “Council delay issue of more ASBI warnings to ‘protesters’”

Doubts linger over Tory inquiry letter claim

As the scandal over the handling of historic child sexual exploitation (CSE) by Oldham Metropolitan Borough Council rumbles on, and, mostly, played out on partisan right-wing news channel, GB News, calls for an independent public inquiry have been made by the two mainstream opposition parties. The Leader of Oldham Liberal Democrats, the long-serving Cllr HowardContinue reading “Doubts linger over Tory inquiry letter claim”

Discredited conspiracy theorist is NOT moving back to Oldham

Amidst mounting speculation, it can be confirmed exclusively that an unemployed 49 year old cult leader is not returning to the place he very frequently describes as ‘my town’ and from which he has milked millions of pounds from a succession of failed charity and free school ventures. Raja Miah, a long term resident ofContinue reading “Discredited conspiracy theorist is NOT moving back to Oldham”

Will new law provide welcome relief for Oldham Council?

After a sustained, vitriolic, highly personalised campaign of abuse against a large number of their elected Members and paid officers, some relief for Oldham Metropolitan Borough Council may soon be in sight. Former journalist and Green Party Leader, Natalie Bennett (pictured above), who now sits as Baroness Bennett of Manor Castle recently asked this writtenContinue reading “Will new law provide welcome relief for Oldham Council?”

‘Public nuisance’ set to defy Council ASBI warning

News of the unedifying scenes of public disorder that marred the last two meetings of Oldham Metropolitan Borough Council has, regrettably, spread far wider than the boundaries of the famous old East Lancashire mill town (read more here). The Council has, in line with a promise made by its new Leader, Cllr Amanda Chadderton (readContinue reading “‘Public nuisance’ set to defy Council ASBI warning”

‘Fake news’ platform raises false hope for CSE survivors

Earlier this week a relatively new, but as yet unverified, Twitter account made this announcement to their near 9,000 followers:  The post has been subsequently commented upon, liked and shared thousands of times. It produced a flurry of activity from the author of this article, Neil Wilby, as given his extensive network of political andContinue reading “‘Fake news’ platform raises false hope for CSE survivors”

Council and police get tough with Raja’s Rabble

  Following serious scenes of public disorder, at two successive meetings of Oldham Metropolitan Borough Council (read more here), senior officers, working in tandem with Greater Manchester Police, have struck back. Warning notices under the Anti Social Behaviour Policing and Crime Act, 2014 (read more here) have been served on a number of ‘protesters’ whoContinue reading “Council and police get tough with Raja’s Rabble”

Can democracy trump chaos?

Over the past month there have been unprecedented scenes of serious disorder during two meetings of Oldham Metropolitan Borough Council. The first of those was an Extraordinary Meeting called in the wake of a controversial and much delayed ‘Assurance Review’ into historic child sexual exploitation (CSE) in the town. The second was a scheduled meetingContinue reading “Can democracy trump chaos?”

Disgraced Mayor makes further false claims over efficacy of ‘Assurance Review’

Andy Burnham, the Mayor of Greater Manchester, has written an open letter to Oldham residents in response to widespread criticism of a Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE) Assurance Review, commissioned and paid for by him, which was published on 20th June, 2022. In his letter, the Mayor says he wants to ‘make sure people in OldhamContinue reading “Disgraced Mayor makes further false claims over efficacy of ‘Assurance Review’”

‘Renegades’ face humiliation over quest for public inquiry

Four ‘renegade’ Oldham Metropolitan Borough councillors, Bethany Sharp (representing St James ward), Dave Arnott (Royton North), Lewis Quigg (Royton North) and Robert Barnes (Chadderton South) say they have written a joint letter to the Secretary of State for the Home Department, Priti Patel, urging her to consider instituting an independent public inquiry into child sexualContinue reading “‘Renegades’ face humiliation over quest for public inquiry”