Questions pile up for under siege conspiracy theorist

Following a widely read and shared article published elsewhere on this website on 1st September, 2022, there has been, inevitably, a demand for a follow-up. The substance of that careful, well-researched (and widely praised) piece of investigative journalism (read in full here) was to pose a series of important, public interest questions to an unemployed,Continue reading “Questions pile up for under siege conspiracy theorist”

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”

Disgraced hyper-local party mired in yet more controversy

Scandal-hit Failsworth Independent Party, never far from headlines in the local, regional and national press, face more controversy as two of their more recent bids to silence their opponents and critics appear set not only to fail, but backfire spectacularly. The thrust of much of the press coverage, and several articles elsewhere on this website,Continue reading “Disgraced hyper-local party mired in yet more controversy”

MP backs knife crime purge

Oldham MP, Jim McMahon met earlier today with Chief Inspector Trevor Harrison from Oldham Police Station today to discuss concerns raised with him about youth violence and knife crime. This follows a number of high-profile incidents in his Oldham West and Royton constituency. In 2019, young people in Oldham named knife crime as their top priority for policeContinue reading “MP backs knife crime purge”

Mayor says Oldham CSE review will be published ‘by the end of the year’

In a statement published on the Greater Manchester Combined Authority (GMCA) website on Friday 30th July, 2021, the Mayor of Greater Manchester announced that the long-awaited Oldham Strand of the Child Sexual Exploitation Review will be published in November 2021 or, at the latest, by the end of the year. This Review chiefly concerns historicContinue reading “Mayor says Oldham CSE review will be published ‘by the end of the year’”

‘Bare faced lies’

These are words uttered by Leader, Sean Fielding, during a tumultuous full meeting of Oldham Metropolitan Borough Council on 7th November, 2019, writes Neil Wilby. “Over the last few months there have been daily postings on social media about planning and historic safeguarding incidents. “These allegations have been combined with a series of personal onlineContinue reading “‘Bare faced lies’”

‘Get the white vote angry’

In October, 2020 I published an article on this website headlined ‘Search for the truth‘. An overview of a journalistic investigation into allegations of a multi-agency cover-up of child sex abuse in Oldham, Greater Manchester (read in full here). The genesis of those highly emotive accusations, and indeed now its centrepiece, oft-repeated on social media,Continue reading “‘Get the white vote angry’”