LibDems raise further transparency concerns at troubled council

In a short statement released yesterday evening, Oldham’s Liberal Democrats revealed exclusively that a company run by Cllr Zahid Chauhan MBE, the Borough Council’s current Deputy Mayor, and previous Cabinet Member for Health, received 14 separate payments over 9 separate months throughout 2021/22 totalling £637,042 from Oldham Council. Prior to the month of each payment,Continue reading “LibDems raise further transparency concerns at troubled council”

Will controversy again dog council meeting this evening?

The latest in a long running series of controversial Full Council meetings of Oldham Metropolitan Borough Council takes place this evening (2nd November, 2022) at the town’s Civic Centre this evening. A report from the last renewal on 7th September, 2022 can be read here. Talking points are likely to be headed by the ‘willContinue reading “Will controversy again dog council meeting this evening?”

Councillor accused of rape attends Civic Centre safeguarding meeting

An Oldham councillor bailed on suspicion of rape appeared in the Civic Centre last night for the first time since his arrest on 8th September, 2022. The male elected Member, whose identity, and the name of the political party to which he belongs, has still not been made public, was arrested at his home afterContinue reading “Councillor accused of rape attends Civic Centre safeguarding meeting”

Sir Harry’s sinking ship takes on more water

Beleaguered Oldham Metropolitan Borough Council, already swamped with other scandals, most notably around its shockingly poor handling of historic child sexual exploitation, has spectacularly reversed its policy around the archiving of its broadcasts of public meetings, with videos of the sessions now restored to its own YouTube channel. Just ten days ago, in news publishedContinue reading “Sir Harry’s sinking ship takes on more water”

Council Leader kept in the dark

In an exclusive published elsewhere on this website two days ago, detailed background was provided into an ‘inexplicable’ and much criticised decision by Oldham Metropolitan Borough Council taken earlier in the week (read more here). It was predicated on the reasonable assumption that such a far reaching ruling – to remove all video records ofContinue reading “Council Leader kept in the dark”

‘Inexpicable’ decision leads to more ‘cover up’ accusations

A series of what can only be objectively viewed as poor decisions is leading beleaguered Oldham Metropolitan Borough Council further into what is already a dark hole, with a large sign headed ‘Cover-Up’ at its entrance. In June this year, a long-delayed report into the handling of historic child sex abuse in the Borough wasContinue reading “‘Inexpicable’ decision leads to more ‘cover up’ accusations”

Council Leader makes crisis meeting U-turn as Mayor throws her ‘under a bus’

In the wake of a damning and widely reported child safeguarding report, beleagured Oldham Metropolitan Borough Council announced that an Extraordinary Meeting will take place on Monday 27th June, 2022 at the Civic Centre (read more here). This followed a press conference hosted by the Greater Manchester Combined Authority (GMCA), who first commissioned region-wide ‘AssuranceContinue reading “Council Leader makes crisis meeting U-turn as Mayor throws her ‘under a bus’”

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”

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”

Puffs of white smoke slow to rise

Much has been written both on this website and elsewhere in the media about a disgraced hyper-local political party that sprung up in early 2019 in a suburb to the north east of Manchester, writes Neil Wilby. The latest article about the Failsworth Independent Party (FIP) was published as recently as Friday 25th February whereContinue reading “Puffs of white smoke slow to rise”