Council’s hands tied over sanction of rape arrest Member

Since the news broke last week regarding the arrest and bailing of a male Oldham councillor over a rape allegation (read more here), there has been wild speculation over both his identity and what the Metropolitan Borough Council may or may not do by way of sanction. The answer, in law, is ‘very little’: Firstly,Continue reading “Council’s hands tied over sanction of rape arrest Member”

Beleaguered Council ducks away from latest safeguarding gaffe

In a month that is likely to prove very difficult for Oldham Metropolitan Borough Council its senior officers and political leadership has decided that shooting themselves in the foot, once again, is a suitable form of preparation. Before the end of June, and possibly as early as next Monday (20th), the long-awaited Oldham CSE AssuranceContinue reading “Beleaguered Council ducks away from latest safeguarding gaffe”

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”

Local elections in Oldham begin to take shape

In what is probably the most important election in decades, the political parties in Oldham are settling on their candidates that will fight the twenty-one seats that are up for grabs. Since the election in May, 2019 only one poll has taken place and that attracted widespread media attention for all the wrong reasons asContinue reading “Local elections in Oldham begin to take shape”

Election by stealth?

Following the publication of an article on this website on 13th April, 2021 (read here), more information and tip-offs than usual resulted. It was the regular mixed bag of rare nuggets, plenty of hearsay, false trails and axe-grinding. A journalist’s stock in trade, writes Neil Wilby. Amongst them was an innocuous looking link to aContinue reading “Election by stealth?”

‘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’”

Absent of evidence

Tameside’s best known political agitator, Raja Miah, suffered a further blow this week with yet more social media bans, writes Neil Wilby. Two of his weekly broadcasts on the ‘Recusant Nine’ YouTube channel, purporting to cover political issues in the neighbouring Borough of Oldham, were removed after both were found to contain defamatory material. AnContinue reading “Absent of evidence”