Will ‘Boots’ toe the line over doctor’s proposed remedy?

The controversial outfall from a story first broken on Neil Wilby Media on 16th November, 2022 continues to spread far and wide. The article can be read in full here but, in essence, it was two Liberal Democrat councillors who sit on Oldham Metropolitan Borough Council (OMBC) complaining about a senior Labour councillor and allegedContinue reading “Will ‘Boots’ toe the line over doctor’s proposed remedy?”

Doctor issues robust denial over council conflict allegations

A controversy that first saw light on Neil Wilby Media this morning (read in full here), when it was reported that a nationally known health campaigner, Dr Zahid Chauhan MBE, had, according to Liberal Democrats sitting on Oldham Metropolitan Borough Council, failed to declare a conflict of interest over a healthcare contract, awarded in March,Continue reading “Doctor issues robust denial over council conflict allegations”

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”

Safeguarding Minister says ‘No’

As reported elsewhere on Neil Wilby Media earlier today (read more here), the Home Office has written to the Leader of the Opposition on Oldham Council (Cllr Howard Sykes MBE is also the Group Leader of the Liberal Democrats) and turned down his request for an independent inquiry into grotesque failings by police and councilContinue reading “Safeguarding Minister says ‘No’”

No public inquiry in Oldham says Home Office

At a meeting of Full Council in Oldham last night it was heard, during an answer to a question from a member of the public, that the Home Office had replied to a letter from the local Liberal Democrats and turned down their request for a public inquiry into grotesque child sexual exploitation (CSE) failingsContinue reading “No public inquiry in Oldham says Home Office”

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”

Doubts linger over Tory inquiry letter claim

As the scandal over the handling of historic child sexual exploitation (CSE) by Oldham Metropolitan Borough Council rumbles on, and, mostly, played out on partisan right-wing news channel, GB News, calls for an independent public inquiry have been made by the two mainstream opposition parties. The Leader of Oldham Liberal Democrats, the long-serving Cllr HowardContinue reading “Doubts linger over Tory inquiry letter claim”

Criticism of controversial Oldham CSE report piles high

Following the public release of a controversial ‘Child Sexual Exploitation Assurance Review’ on 20th June, 2022 and an ugly display of public disorder by protesters at an Extraordinary Council Meeting a week later, Liberal Democrat councillors in Oldham have said that the report into historic safeguarding and CSE in the Borough is just the startContinue reading “Criticism of controversial Oldham CSE report piles high”

New Council Leader faces baptism of fire

Having safely negotiated a softball first appearance as the new Council Leader on May 25th, 2022 with the Mayor-making and Annual General Meeting, Cllr Amanda Chadderton faces a very different test early next week, writes Neil Wilby. In the wake of the controversial Oldham Child Sexual Exploitation Review, published two days ago by the GreaterContinue reading “New Council Leader faces baptism of fire”