Two year journey nears end of the road

An invitation from a well-known police whistleblower to look into what he claimed was serious police and council wrongdoing in the famous old East Lancashire mill town of Oldham first came in or around October, 2019, writes Neil Wilby.  Peter Jackson, a retired detective chief inspector popularly known as ‘Jacko’, and I, had worked successfullyContinue reading “Two year journey nears end of the road”

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”

Tory motion to refer CSE Review to Home Office is defeated

At a Full Council meeting held last night a motion set down by the local Conservative Group was defeated, despite being supported by the Liberal Democrats and three independent councillors. The Labour Party Group on Oldham Metropolitan Borough Council, which holds a comfortable 20 seat majority, voted it down after a short and surprisingly calmContinue reading “Tory motion to refer CSE Review to Home Office is defeated”

When deceit is your stock in trade

Much has been written elsewhere on this website about, very arguably, the most notorious hyperlocal political party in the country. It is a rare week, indeed, when the Failsworth Independent Party (FIP) is not embroiled in one scandal or another. Mostly brought about by the deceit and subterfuge that threads through just about everything theyContinue reading “When deceit is your stock in trade”

Stakes raised in charity challenge

In an article published elsewhere on this website on 4th March, 2022 (read more here), the gauntlet was thrown down to a self-styled political activist, who has blighted the East Lancashire mill town of Oldham, for over three years, with his own brand of persistent, mendacious lies and divisive hatred.   As the aforementioned article setsContinue reading “Stakes raised in charity challenge”

Will long-delayed CSE report miss yet another deadline?

In a statement published on the Greater Manchester Combined Authority (GMCA) website on 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. That deadline was extended by Andy Burnham atContinue reading “Will long-delayed CSE report miss yet another deadline?”

Disaster-prone chief constable exits Twitter

To all intents and purposes it appears as though Ian Hopkins, beleagured Chief Constable of Greater Manchester Police, has either suspended or deleted his account on the well-known social media platform, Twitter. Yesterday morning, not being able to access his account, I mistakenly believed that Hopkins had ‘blocked’ me. An action he has taken againstContinue reading “Disaster-prone chief constable exits Twitter”

Cost of GMP’s disastrous IS Transformation Programme rises to £80 million

Greater Manchester Police (GMP) is the UK’s fifth largest police force, with over 7,000 officers, and around 3,000 civilian staff, whose mission is to ensure the safety and security of a diverse local population of over 2.5 million people, spread over 11 Divisions (plus 6 City of Manchester sub-divisions), 10 specialist units and covering anContinue reading “Cost of GMP’s disastrous IS Transformation Programme rises to £80 million”

Catalogue of policing scandals that shame the two-faced Mayor of Manchester

On 6th August 2018, two retired Manchester police officers, Peter Jackson and Maggie Oliver, and one serving officer, Paul Bailey, met with the Mayor of Greater Manchester, Andy Burnham and the Deputy Mayor, Beverley Hughes. Also present in the Greater Manchester Combined Authority (GMCA) HQ were Deputy Director of Policing, Clare Monaghan and policy adviser,Continue reading “Catalogue of policing scandals that shame the two-faced Mayor of Manchester”

The dreaded vote of confidence

“She has acted with the utmost integrity“. So says Greater Manchester’s high profile Mayor, Andy Burnham, as part of a limp vote of confidence in his under-siege deputy, Baroness Beverley Hughes. Except that she didn’t. The Burnham endorsement came as part of a blustery defence of the sly, duplicitous, incompetent handling of a serious complaintContinue reading “The dreaded vote of confidence”