Tribunal hears belated claim that Council refused FOIA requests ‘because of ethnic background’

On 11th October, 2021 an Information Rights Tribunal hearing, held remotely via the Court Video Platform (CVP), was the culmination of a bitter two year struggle between a disgraced Tameside-based political activist and the neighbouring Metropolitan Borough Council in Oldham that are the subject of his persistent and unpleasant on-line attacks. Raja Miah, aged 48,Continue reading “Tribunal hears belated claim that Council refused FOIA requests ‘because of ethnic background’”

New chief sets out his stall

Recently appointed District Commander, Chief Superintendent Chris Bowen, made a scheduled appearance at this month’s meeting of Full Council in Oldham – and what a breath of fresh air it was, writes Neil Wilby. A proud South Walean, but adopted by God’s Own County for university education and his entire career, C/Supt Bowen joined GreaterContinue reading “New chief sets out his stall”

Problem councillor disgraces himself yet again

Oldham councillor Mark Wilkinson is definitely an elected representative with issues. The principal one being is that he doesn’t think that rules, procedures, standards, constitutional matters or the law apply to him, writes Neil Wilby. This was his latest public performance last night at a Full Meeting of the Council that highlights some of thoseContinue reading “Problem councillor disgraces himself yet again”

Controversial election petition may not be heard until next year

Much has been written elsewhere on this website regarding the various controversies surrounding the local council elections in May, 2021. Not least the sustained and disgraceful smear attack that saw the removal of the Leader of Oldham Metropolitan Borough Council, Sean Fielding. The outfall from which is still attracting coverage in the local, regional andContinue reading “Controversial election petition may not be heard until next year”

Bradford Council resists calls for child grooming inquiry

This is a piece first written for the police whistleblowers website, uPSD, in early 2013. It was, in fact, last updated on 20th March 2013 according to the log. Events have, of course, massively overtaken what was reported back then, writes Neil Wilby. “One of the most highly emotive policing subjects over the past fewContinue reading “Bradford Council resists calls for child grooming inquiry”

Council reveal their detachment from controversial information rights tribunal

A recent information access request to Oldham Metropolitan Borough Council has produced another surprising revelation from a public authority that appears not to take the relevant statutory framework, and matters flowing from it, at all seriously enough. Indeed they were exposed within the past three months as deceiving a local politician in order to frustrateContinue reading “Council reveal their detachment from controversial information rights tribunal”

Disgraced activist splits from political party it is claimed he founded

Disgraced Tameside-based political activist, Raja Miah, has split from the controversial Proud of Oldham and Saddleworth Party (the POOS or POAS). In a brief announcement on his frequently banned Recusant Nine platform, on 24th October, 2021, he said: “There is the small matter of a parting of the ways with Proud of Oldham and Saddleworth.Continue reading “Disgraced activist splits from political party it is claimed he founded”

Under fire councillor to face full Standards investigation

At a Standards Assessment Sub-Committee meeting held on Wednesday 20th October, 2021, chaired by the very experienced ex-Mayor, Cllr Peter Dean, it was resolved that Cllr Mark Wilkinson of the hyper-local Failsworth Independent Party (FIPs) is to face a full investigation over alleged misconduct. The complainant is Sean Fielding, the former Leader of Oldham MetropolitanContinue reading “Under fire councillor to face full Standards investigation”

MP challenges social media giants to tackle on-line abuse and radicalisation

This is the text of a Facebook post put up in the wake of the second killing of a Member of Parliament in the past 5 years, writes Neil Wilby. The first slaying was much closer to home, Jo Cox repeatedly shot in the head and stabbed, by a far right extremist, as she steppedContinue reading “MP challenges social media giants to tackle on-line abuse and radicalisation”

Tories stonewall enquiries over alleged links to disgraced activist

In an article first published elsewhere on this website on 9th October, 2021 (read more here), it was exclusively revealed that a disgraced political activist from Tameside, Greater Manchester, was claiming affinity with, and support from, members of the Oldham and Saddleworth Conservative Federation. Raja Miah, presently on police bail over suspicions of racially aggravatedContinue reading “Tories stonewall enquiries over alleged links to disgraced activist”