‘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”

Tory denials blown apart

At the Oldham Council election count last Thursday (writes Neil Wilby), the first two of a significant number of councillors, candidates and party officials, from across the political spectrum, to visit me in the media centre were Cllr Graham Sheldon (Conservative Group leader) and Cllr Dave Arnott (media lead). Amongst other topics, mostly off theContinue reading “Tory denials blown apart”

Deposed Council Leader shows her class in face of ‘dehumanising’ campaign

The first ever female Muslim Council Leader in the North of England told reporters in the early hours of this morning that she was ‘dehumanised’ by a deliberate smear campaign after becoming the second Labour Leader of Oldham Metropolitan Borough Council to lose her seat inside the past twelve months. Cllr Arooj Shah, first electedContinue reading “Deposed Council Leader shows her class in face of ‘dehumanising’ campaign”

Local elections in Oldham – LIVE feed

It’s Thursday 5th May,2022 and local election day across the country, writes Neil Wilby. No polls are likely to be more fiercely contested than in Oldham Metropolitan Borough, at the eastern extremity of the Greater Manchester Region, following last year’s highly controversial defeat of the former council leader, Sean Fielding (read more here). This isContinue reading “Local elections in Oldham – LIVE feed”

Mystery illness belatedly given as reason for councillor’s poor attendance record

Disgraced hyper-locals, the Failsworth Independent Party (FIP), recently named by HopeNotHate as a haven for the far right in their town (read report here), have belatedly claimed that serious illness has prevented one of their three elected councillors from fulfilling his duties. Since they were formed in 2019, scandal and disgrace has never been veryContinue reading “Mystery illness belatedly given as reason for councillor’s poor attendance record”

Countdown to local polls begins as Council issues formal Notice of Election

Oldham Metropolitan Borough Council issued its Notice of Election yesterday (28th March, 2022) to set the clock ticking towards polling day on 5th May. (read full Notice here). Nineteen of the twenty wards in the Borough will see candidates fight for one seat. In Medlock Vale, two seats will be contested following the shock resignationContinue reading “Countdown to local polls begins as Council issues formal Notice of Election”