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”

Oldham Full Council meeting 7.9.22 – Live blog

For a link to the Agenda for this meeting – and some significant scene setting – please scroll down this page, a little way, to the Preamble posted yesterday afternoon. The latest updates will appear immediately below this opening paragraph and run back in time order. This is a format that has worked efficiently forContinue reading “Oldham Full Council meeting 7.9.22 – Live blog”

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”

Discredited conspiracy theorist is NOT moving back to Oldham

Amidst mounting speculation, it can be confirmed exclusively that an unemployed 49 year old cult leader is not returning to the place he very frequently describes as ‘my town’ and from which he has milked millions of pounds from a succession of failed charity and free school ventures. Raja Miah, a long term resident ofContinue reading “Discredited conspiracy theorist is NOT moving back to Oldham”

‘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”

Tory councillor to face Standards investigation

This week’s Oldham Council meeting was another extraordinarily chaotic affair, following which local Liberal Democrats have condemned the behaviour of Conservative councillor, Robert Barnes, who represents the Chadderton South ward. Liberal Democrat councillor for Grotton, Springhead & Lees, Mark Kenyon, said: “Local Conservative voters must be wondering what exactly it is they’ve done wrong toContinue reading “Tory councillor to face Standards investigation”

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”

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’”

Still no confirmed date for publication of Oldham CSE Assurance Review

Oldham’s controversial Child Sexual Exploitation Assurance Review, commissioned in January 2020 by the Mayor of Greater Manchester, Andy Burnham, is still not complete: Consultations with at least one key stakeholder are still not finalised as at today (7th June, 2022), writes Neil Wilby. In his last update, provided on 2nd May, 2022, via a statementContinue reading “Still no confirmed date for publication of Oldham CSE Assurance Review”

Labour slams Oldham Tories over ‘peddling mistruths’ in dirty election campaign

Following the defeat of Council Leader, Arooj Shah, in the local elections in Oldham Metropolitan Borough at the beginning of this month (read more here), she described the campaign as ‘dehumanising’ and spoke of the distress it had brought to her and her family: “I fought a really positive campaign, I believe in positivity, andContinue reading “Labour slams Oldham Tories over ‘peddling mistruths’ in dirty election campaign”