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”

Controversial ex-councillor may to be removed as candidate in 2022 election

Politics in East Lancashire is rarely dull and today is no exception. Following publication overnight of the list of candidates who will contest the local elections in Oldham next month, an objection to one of them has already been raised with the Returning Officer, Harry Catherall.  Section 80 of the Local Government Act 1972 statesContinue reading “Controversial ex-councillor may to be removed as candidate in 2022 election”

Local Tories fail to publicly condemn ‘racist and misogynistic’ leaflet

It is hard to comprehend that a double-sided A4 leaflet, distributed last weekend ahead of the forthcoming Oldham Metropolitan Borough Council elections can have spawned four articles in the five days since.  The first headlined ‘Will hate campaign claim second local council Leader?’ (read in full here) reported on plans by a discredited political activistContinue reading “Local Tories fail to publicly condemn ‘racist and misogynistic’ leaflet”

Tory motion to refer CSE Review to Home Office is defeated

At a Full Council meeting held last night a motion set down by the local Conservative Group was defeated, despite being supported by the Liberal Democrats and three independent councillors. The Labour Party Group on Oldham Metropolitan Borough Council, which holds a comfortable 20 seat majority, voted it down after a short and surprisingly calmContinue reading “Tory motion to refer CSE Review to Home Office is defeated”

Another crisis for Oldham Tories?

In what has been a turbulent few weeks for the local Conservative Party in Oldham and Saddleworth (read more here), the latest blow is the resignation of sitting councillor, Sahr Abid (pictured above on the right of front row) who represented the Medlock Vale ward on Oldham Metropolitan Borough Council. She was elected with aContinue reading “Another crisis for Oldham Tories?”

There may be trouble ahead

The last Full meeting of Oldham Council, held as recently as 2nd March, 2022 descended into chaos as the ruling Labour administration sought to have its Budget approved by the required majority of elected Members (read more here). The meeting scheduled for next week, looking at what is a very dense Agenda, may well seeContinue reading “There may be trouble ahead”

Disgraced Tory activist faces agonising wait to learn his fate

Elsewhere on this website, on 3rd February, 2022, it was exclusively revealed that former Oldham Councillor, Khazir Rehman, had failed to defend a libel and harassment claim brought against him by sitting councillor and former close-working colleague, Cllr Riaz Ahmad (read full article here). In an excoriating judgement, dated 26th December, 2021, but delivered toContinue reading “Disgraced Tory activist faces agonising wait to learn his fate”

Kaiser loses war of words

One of Oldham’s most controversial political figures in recent years, Khazir Rehman, has been defeated in a defamation and harassment claim brought against him by Cllr Riaz Ahmad, a long serving Member of Oldham Metropolitan Borough Council and former Mayor. Hugely respected, locally and regionally, Cllr Ahmad is also a magistrate, school governor and collegeContinue reading “Kaiser loses war of words”

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”

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”