Council Leader hits back at Opposition ‘smears’

Following a story first broken by Neil Wilby Media earlier today (read in full here), Cllr Amanda Chadderton, Leader of Oldham Metropolitan Borough Council, has hit back at critics of her Labour Party colleague, Cllr Zahid Chauhan MBE, who alleged that he had breached the Council’s Standards by not declaring a conflict of interest overContinue reading “Council Leader hits back at Opposition ‘smears’”

LibDems raise further transparency concerns at troubled council

In a short statement released yesterday evening, Oldham’s Liberal Democrats revealed exclusively that a company run by Cllr Zahid Chauhan MBE, the Borough Council’s current Deputy Mayor, and previous Cabinet Member for Health, received 14 separate payments over 9 separate months throughout 2021/22 totalling £637,042 from Oldham Council. Prior to the month of each payment,Continue reading “LibDems raise further transparency concerns at troubled council”

‘Investigative journalist, my arse’ says disgraced councillor.

Two days ago, a perennially disgraced Oldham councillor, Brian Hobin, was approached by the author of this article, Neil Wilby, to offer right of reply to a piece published here on Neil Wilby Media on the same day. The subject matter concerned a prima facie parking violation that was of no real consequence, apart fromContinue reading “‘Investigative journalist, my arse’ says disgraced councillor.”

‘Holier than thou’ councillor transgresses – yet again

An Oldham Councillor whom routinely presents himself in the civic chamber as a God-fearing moral guardian has been allegedly caught out, not only parking on two sets of double yellow lines, but, much more seriously, using his mobile phone whilst driving. These revelations were made on the ‘Failsworth Moan’ Facebook community group by a localContinue reading “‘Holier than thou’ councillor transgresses – yet again”

Feral female’s further falsehoods

Over the past two years or so, I have written hundreds of thousands of words on this Neil Wilby Media website about a famous old East Lancashire mill town and its political trials and tribulations, writes Neil Wilby. It’s a journey I never wanted to make in the first place and one from which anContinue reading “Feral female’s further falsehoods”

Oldham Full Council meeting 2.11.22 – Live blog

This live feed will cover the key points from this evening’s session. A preamble was published earlier today at this link. The latest updates will appear near the top of this page. Earlier updates can be viewed by scrolling down the page. Update: 5.35pm The meeting opened with prayers and an item of condolence followingContinue reading “Oldham Full Council meeting 2.11.22 – Live blog”

Will controversy again dog council meeting this evening?

The latest in a long running series of controversial Full Council meetings of Oldham Metropolitan Borough Council takes place this evening (2nd November, 2022) at the town’s Civic Centre this evening. A report from the last renewal on 7th September, 2022 can be read here. Talking points are likely to be headed by the ‘willContinue reading “Will controversy again dog council meeting this evening?”

Ex-Council Leader lands national Labour role

Arooj Shah, who lost her council seat and Leadership role in controversial circumstances at the Oldham Metropolitan Borough elections last May, continues her rise up the ranks in the Labour Party. Universally popular, and widely admired for her dedication, loyalty, hard work and pragmatism, Arooj has been appointed as Chair of the National Constitutional CommitteeContinue reading “Ex-Council Leader lands national Labour role”

Councillor comes clean

The ruling Labour Party on Oldham Metropolitan Borough Council, earlier this week, ‘administratively suspended’ one of its elected Members but declined to name him in their press output. It can be exclusively revealed here on Neil Wilby Media that the subject councillor is Graham Shuttleworth (pictured above right), who represents the Chadderton South ward. HeContinue reading “Councillor comes clean”

Councillor accused of rape attends Civic Centre safeguarding meeting

An Oldham councillor bailed on suspicion of rape appeared in the Civic Centre last night for the first time since his arrest on 8th September, 2022. The male elected Member, whose identity, and the name of the political party to which he belongs, has still not been made public, was arrested at his home afterContinue reading “Councillor accused of rape attends Civic Centre safeguarding meeting”