Disgraced activist splits from political party he founded

Disgraced Tameside-based political activist, Raja Miah, has split from the controversial Proud of Oldham and Saddleworth Party (the POOS or POAS). In a brief announcement on his frequently banned Recusant Nine platform, on 24th October, 2021, he said: “There is the small matter of a parting of the ways with Proud of Oldham and Saddleworth.Continue reading “Disgraced activist splits from political party he founded”

Yet another GMP officer set to appear before magistrates next month

A 24 year old serving Greater Manchester Police officer, PC Edward Ballantyne-Rowland, who is posted to the force’s Oldham-based Q Division, has been charged with three counts of theft. They relate to alleged incidents between October and December, 2020. He has been bailed to appear at Manchester and Salford Magistrates’ Court on 18th November, 2021.Continue reading “Yet another GMP officer set to appear before magistrates next month”

Under fire councillor to face full Standards investigation

At a Standards Assessment Sub-Committee meeting held on Wednesday 20th October, 2021, chaired by the very experienced ex-Mayor, Cllr Peter Dean, it was resolved that Cllr Mark Wilkinson of the hyper-local Failsworth Independent Party (FIPs) is to face a full investigation over alleged misconduct. The complainant is Sean Fielding, the former Leader of Oldham MetropolitanContinue reading “Under fire councillor to face full Standards investigation”

Plight of bereaved mother of murdered 7 year old boy ‘not exceptional’ says outgoing Commissioner

Few, if any, journalists or information rights practitioners will mourn the forthcoming departure of the Information Commissioner, Elizabeth Denham, writes Neil Wilby. A relentless self-promoter, she has, through inattention to the detail of running her own organisation, and recruiting and deploying sub-optimal managers, allowed the complaints system around the Freedom of Information Act (the Act)Continue reading “Plight of bereaved mother of murdered 7 year old boy ‘not exceptional’ says outgoing Commissioner”

MP challenges social media giants to tackle on-line abuse and radicalisation

This is the text of a Facebook post put up in the wake of the second killing of a Member of Parliament in the past 5 years, writes Neil Wilby. The first slaying was much closer to home, Jo Cox repeatedly shot in the head and stabbed, by a far right extremist, as she steppedContinue reading “MP challenges social media giants to tackle on-line abuse and radicalisation”

Another police officer charged with child sex offences

Following the conviction and sentencing of a 38 year old Tameside officer, PC Farooq Ahmed in December, 2020 and January, 2021 respectively, another Greater Manchester Police officer has been charged with child sex offences. Lee Cunliffe, 40, who is a Detective Constable based in GMP’s Salford Division, has been charged with: Two counts of attemptingContinue reading “Another police officer charged with child sex offences”

Tories stonewall enquiries over alleged links to disgraced activist

In an article first published elsewhere on this website on 9th October, 2021 (read more here), it was exclusively revealed that a disgraced political activist from Tameside, Greater Manchester, was claiming affinity with, and support from, members of the Oldham and Saddleworth Conservative Federation. Raja Miah, presently on police bail over suspicions of racially aggravatedContinue reading “Tories stonewall enquiries over alleged links to disgraced activist”

New kids on the block

This is a version of a post that appeared on Facebook yesterday (15th October), edited for syntax errors and to avoid defamation claims or committal proceedings for contempt, writes Neil Wilby. The profile behind it describes ‘The Old Hammer‘ (TOH) as ‘a new news outlet for Oldham. Coming soon for the 2022 local elections’. “FirstContinue reading “New kids on the block”

Is Home Secretary prepared to break the law to avoid disclosure?

If only that headline was unique it would be some story, writes Neil Wilby. Regrettably, the United Kingdom presently has the worst (and most palpably lawless and morally bankrupt) Secretary of State for the Home Department in its history. No mean feat when one considers that previous hapless incumbents have included Jack Straw, David BlunkettContinue reading “Is Home Secretary prepared to break the law to avoid disclosure?”

Police Commissioner faces ‘no confidence’ vote

Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner, Philip Allott, will face a no confidence vote from Members of North Yorkshire Police and Crime Panel (NYPCP) this morning. A former Conservative member of Harrogate District Council, he was elected to the £74,400 per annum post in May, 2021, replacing the controversial and disgraced Julia Mulligan, who had heldContinue reading “Police Commissioner faces ‘no confidence’ vote”