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”

Oldham Council election candidates announced for 2022

Oldham Metropolitan Borough Council has published its full list of nominations for the local elections due to take place on 5th May, 2022 (read in full here).  There are 84 candidates in total, down from 95 last year and 103 the year before. 19 wards will see a poll for just one seat, Medlock ValeContinue reading “Oldham Council election candidates announced for 2022”

Leading Tory activist faces up to £200,000 costs and damages after High Court defeat

In a detailed High Court judgment handed down on 3rd February, 2022, following hearings held at the Royal Courts of Justice in April and October, 2021, Master Victoria McLeod found that Khazir Rehman, 36, of Oldham, Greater Manchester had harassed and seriously defamed a pillar of his local community, Cllr Riaz Ahmad (read full detailsContinue reading “Leading Tory activist faces up to £200,000 costs and damages after High Court defeat”

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?”

‘The Rabble’ set to demand arrest of local councillors at ‘peaceful protest’

A group of political agitators who self-style themselves as ‘The Rabble‘ is being mobilised to form what they say will be a peaceful protest on Wednesday 16th March, 2022 outside Oldham Civic Centre. Their Leader, an unemployed 48 year old man from Mossley, Tameside, Raja Miah, issued this rallying cry yesterday (Saturday 12th March, 2022)Continue reading “‘The Rabble’ set to demand arrest of local councillors at ‘peaceful protest’”

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”

Refugees set to benefit from war of words showdown

For a man currently awaiting trial on charges of what Greater Manchester Police describe as harassment and malicious communications, allegations that he robustly denies, the behaviour of a 48 year old, unemployed man from Mossley, Tameside since he was charged on 21st January, 2022 can only be described as beyond belief. Already well known asContinue reading “Refugees set to benefit from war of words showdown”

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”

Countdown to local elections in Failsworth begins

Twelve weeks today and Failsworth will go to the polls to elect two local councillors. Because of the local, regional and national attention the town received, following Sean Fielding‘s controversial defeat in May, 2021, the spotlight is likely to be trained heavily in this direction once again (read more here). This is the state ofContinue reading “Countdown to local elections in Failsworth begins”