No Government intervention at troubled council as Tory motion heavily defeated

As safely and exclusively predicted on Neil Wilby Media last week, a Conservative Party motion at Full Council failed to persuade their fellow elected Members that the running of Oldham Metropolitan Borough Council by an ‘out of depth’ administration warranted intervention by the Prime Minister and the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing andContinue reading “No Government intervention at troubled council as Tory motion heavily defeated”

Controversial Tory councillor back in the headlines again

It’s been quite a year for Robert John Fairbank Barnes. Born, brought up, educated and spending his entire career in Leeds, working for the City Council, before retiring in 2021. Twelve months ago, he was campaigning to be elected to Oldham Metropolitan Borough Council in their Chadderton South ward. A perennial failure, he had previouslyContinue reading “Controversial Tory councillor back in the headlines again”

Council chamber bottle thrower spared return to prison

A prominent member of a group of political axe-grinders and malcontents, whom self-style as The Rabble (or Raja’s Rabble), has avoided a second spell in prison. Last Friday (17th February, 2023), Gary Leese, 59, of Kandel Place, Whitworth, a dedicated follower of a notorious unemployed, Tameside-based conspiracy theorist, Raja Miah, 49, pleaded guilty to aContinue reading “Council chamber bottle thrower spared return to prison”

Councillor has suspension lifted

A protracted Oldham story in which Neil Wilby Media has again taken the lead, and kept the Borough’s residents informed, can now be concluded. In a letter from Labour Party HQ, dated 9th February, 2023, the long-serving and highly respected representative for the Chadderton South ward, Cllr Graham Shuttleworth had his status as a fullContinue reading “Councillor has suspension lifted”

How can this take so long?

On 26th October, 2022 an exclusive was published on Neil Wilby Media that set out the bare details of a dispute between two experienced Labour Party activists in a famous old East Lancashire mill town. It was headlined ‘Councillor comes clean’ (read full article here) and followed reports that an un-named Labour councillor sitting onContinue reading “How can this take so long?”

‘Cover-up’ council urgently invited to review alleged rape safeguarding decision

Following two very recent decisions by Northern police forces to sack officers after having sexual relations with vulnerable females with whom they have had professional contact, Oldham Metropolitan Borough Council has been asked to review its decision to allow a sitting councillor accused of rape to continue to attend Full Council meetings, committee meetings andContinue reading “‘Cover-up’ council urgently invited to review alleged rape safeguarding decision”

District Commander delivers upbeat Policing Plan review

At a Full Council meeting in Oldham today, the Borough’s most senior police officer delivered a positive update to a bold plan he outlined in the same civic centre just over thirteen months ago: 1. Respond to incidents (not done well in past, he said at the time). 2. Investigate and detect crime. Do itContinue reading “District Commander delivers upbeat Policing Plan review”

Top cop set to address his local council today

A few weeks after he took over as District Commander in October last year, Chief Superintendent Chris Bowen delivered a powerful – and welcome – speech to a Full Council meeting in Oldham’s civic chamber (read in full here). This, in essence, is what he promised Greater Manchester Police would deliver in the Borough as hisContinue reading “Top cop set to address his local council today”

‘…..the circus has a ringmaster’

Following two articles published on Neil Wilby Media over the past four days, more information has emerged over a controversial decision by beleaguered Oldham Metropolitan Borough Council to change a long-arranged start time of a meeting in favour of the possibility of a clash with a football match. The first of those two articles wasContinue reading “‘…..the circus has a ringmaster’”

‘This Council is being run like a circus full of clowns’

A dramatic headline, drawn from the very recent words of Cllr Lewis Quigg (pictured above) in a scathing attack about Oldham Metropolitan Borough Council on which he sits as a Member of the Conservative Party. For context, the post on the ‘Oldham Conservatives’ Facebook page earlier this week is reproduced here in full: “Oldham CouncilContinue reading “‘This Council is being run like a circus full of clowns’”