‘Private Pike’ to face court martial?

A rookie Conservative councillor, nicknamed ‘Private Pike’ in Oldham’s civic chamber, who has spent much of the last year denying that he is linked to a notorious Tameside-based conspiracy theorist, has eventually revealed his true colours. Cllr Dave Arnott, whom, purportedly, represents the Royton North ward since he was narrowly elected in May, 2021, enthusiasticallyContinue reading “‘Private Pike’ to face court martial?”

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”

‘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’”

Tories head for acrimonious split

The present shenanigans in the Conservative Party at Parliamentary level are, of course, very well rehearsed on network television, the national press and on social media. Less well known is the discontent and, at times, raw acrimony between Tory elected Members who sit on Oldham Metropolitan Borough Council. This has been alluded to on aContinue reading “Tories head for acrimonious split”

‘Renegades’ face humiliation over quest for public inquiry

Four ‘renegade’ Oldham Metropolitan Borough councillors, Bethany Sharp (representing St James ward), Dave Arnott (Royton North), Lewis Quigg (Royton North) and Robert Barnes (Chadderton South) say they have written a joint letter to the Secretary of State for the Home Department, Priti Patel, urging her to consider instituting an independent public inquiry into child sexualContinue reading “‘Renegades’ face humiliation over quest for public inquiry”

‘Not our business’ says beleaguered council

A public question submitted to Oldham Metropolitan Borough Council on 16th May, 2022, by a well known local businessman and popular community champion, Tahir Mushtaq, has been rejected by the department which manages the process, Constitutional Services.  This is the full text of what was submitted to the Council: “Please ask this question of CllrContinue reading “‘Not our business’ says beleaguered council”

Beleaguered Council ducks away from latest safeguarding gaffe

In a month that is likely to prove very difficult for Oldham Metropolitan Borough Council its senior officers and political leadership has decided that shooting themselves in the foot, once again, is a suitable form of preparation. Before the end of June, and possibly as early as next Monday (20th), the long-awaited Oldham CSE AssuranceContinue reading “Beleaguered Council ducks away from latest safeguarding gaffe”

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’”

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”