To the bitter end?

One of the few joys of court reporting is early access to what are known as the pleadings in civil litigation: The claimant’s claim form, statement and/or particulars of the claim and the defendant’s statement of grounds of defence. More so, if one or more of the parties to the litigation is well known, theContinue reading “To the bitter end?”

Controversial Tory councillor back in the headlines again

It’s been quite a year for Robert John Fairbank Barnes. Born, brought up, educated and spending his entire career in Leeds, working for the City Council, before retiring in 2021. Twelve months ago, he was campaigning to be elected to Oldham Metropolitan Borough Council in their Chadderton South ward. A perennial failure, he had previouslyContinue reading “Controversial Tory councillor back in the headlines again”

Council delay issue of more ASBI warnings to ‘protesters’

In an exclusive, and controversial, article published elsewhere on this website on 5th August, 2022 four recipients of warning letters issued by Oldham Metropolitan Borough Council were identified (read here). Each had received notice, delivered by a process server who was accompanied by officers from Greater Manchester Police, that set out a schedule of unacceptableContinue reading “Council delay issue of more ASBI warnings to ‘protesters’”

‘Public nuisance’ set to defy Council ASBI warning

News of the unedifying scenes of public disorder that marred the last two meetings of Oldham Metropolitan Borough Council has, regrettably, spread far wider than the boundaries of the famous old East Lancashire mill town (read more here). The Council has, in line with a promise made by its new Leader, Cllr Amanda Chadderton (readContinue reading “‘Public nuisance’ set to defy Council ASBI warning”

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’”

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”

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”