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”

Two year journey nears end of the road

An invitation from a well-known police whistleblower to look into what he claimed was serious police and council wrongdoing in the famous old East Lancashire mill town of Oldham first came in or around October, 2019, writes Neil Wilby.  Peter Jackson, a retired detective chief inspector popularly known as ‘Jacko’, and I, had worked successfullyContinue reading “Two year journey nears end of the road”

Mystery of the ‘missing’ councillor?

A firebrand Conservative councillor in Oldham whom, after a number of unsuccessful attempts, finally won a seat in the civic chamber by displacing the then Leader of the Council, Arooj Shah, in the Chadderton South ward, is at the centre of more local controversy. A widely criticised election campaign was run by Robert Barnes inContinue reading “Mystery of the ‘missing’ councillor?”

Journalism is not a popularity contest – but this abuse is absolutely off the scale

As an investigative journalist, an essential requirement is to develop a thick skin and the ability shrug off both criticism and resistance to what is being probed, writes Neil Wilby. Particularly, from subjects of those enquiries and their circle of friends and associates who may feel threatened by what may, potentially, be exposed. This can,Continue reading “Journalism is not a popularity contest – but this abuse is absolutely off the scale”

‘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”

‘Special meeting’ promise holds good over CSE investigation

On Friday evening ( 17th June, 2022) a short announcement on Facebook by the Leader of Oldham Metropolitan Council, Cllr Amanda Chadderton, fulfilled a promise made to the town’s residents by two of her predecessors, Sean Fielding and, more recently, Arooj Shah. This is the full text of her short post: “Review into Historic ChildContinue reading “‘Special meeting’ promise holds good over CSE investigation”

Oldham Labour Group expect forthcoming CSE report ‘to make uncomfortable reading for local Tories’

Debbie Abrahams, MP for Oldham East and Saddleworth, recently asked the Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, in the House of Commons whether he would ‘condemn those Oldham Conservative candidates who delivered toxic, racist, misogynistic’ leaflets’ during the local elections. He replied, during one of the often controversial Prime Minister Questions sessions: “I’d be very happy toContinue reading “Oldham Labour Group expect forthcoming CSE report ‘to make uncomfortable reading for local Tories’”

Only 54% ‘proud’ to work for Oldham Council survey shows

An internal survey of staff employed by Oldham Metropolitan Borough Council has revealed that satisfaction has declined in eight out of the ten areas under scrutiny, writes Neil Wilby. The most startling is, of course, that only 54% would tell others that they are proud to be part of the organisation. Down from 73% inContinue reading “Only 54% ‘proud’ to work for Oldham Council survey shows”

Labour slams Oldham Tories over ‘peddling mistruths’ in dirty election campaign

Following the defeat of Council Leader, Arooj Shah, in the local elections in Oldham Metropolitan Borough at the beginning of this month (read more here), she described the campaign as ‘dehumanising’ and spoke of the distress it had brought to her and her family: “I fought a really positive campaign, I believe in positivity, andContinue reading “Labour slams Oldham Tories over ‘peddling mistruths’ in dirty election campaign”

Oldham Labour Party elects new Leader

Following the shock defeat of Oldham Council Leader, Cllr Arooj Shah, at last Thursday’s local elections (read more here), her Deputy, Cllr Amanda Chadderton has been selected by the Oldham Labour Group to replace her.   She will take over as Council Leader at the Annual General Meeting of the Council on 25th May, 2022. CllrContinue reading “Oldham Labour Party elects new Leader”