Hyper-locals falling apart?

After another calamitous election campaign, controversial hyper-locals Proud of Oldham and Saddleworth (POAS) has seen the defection of yet another of its small cohort of candidates. Following the departure of Paul Goldring, Ronald Bailey and Gary Tarbuck, before the 2022 elections, the latest to exit is Rachelle Wood-Moore, who stood for election to Oldham MetropolitanContinue reading “Hyper-locals falling apart?”

Oldham Labour Party elects new Leader

Following the shock defeat of Oldham Council Leader, Cllr Arooj Shah, at last Thursday’s local elections (read more here), her Deputy, Cllr Amanda Chadderton has been selected by the Oldham Labour Group to replace her.   She will take over as Council Leader at the Annual General Meeting of the Council on 25th May, 2022. CllrContinue reading “Oldham Labour Party elects new Leader”

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”

Deposed Council Leader shows her class in face of ‘dehumanising’ campaign

The first ever female Muslim Council Leader in the North of England told reporters in the early hours of this morning that she was ‘dehumanised’ by a deliberate smear campaign after becoming the second Labour Leader of Oldham Metropolitan Borough Council to lose her seat inside the past twelve months. Cllr Arooj Shah, first electedContinue reading “Deposed Council Leader shows her class in face of ‘dehumanising’ campaign”

Local elections in Oldham – LIVE feed

It’s Thursday 5th May,2022 and local election day across the country, writes Neil Wilby. No polls are likely to be more fiercely contested than in Oldham Metropolitan Borough, at the eastern extremity of the Greater Manchester Region, following last year’s highly controversial defeat of the former council leader, Sean Fielding (read more here). This isContinue reading “Local elections in Oldham – LIVE feed”

Mystery illness belatedly given as reason for councillor’s poor attendance record

Disgraced hyper-locals, the Failsworth Independent Party (FIP), recently named by HopeNotHate as a haven for the far right in their town (read report here), have belatedly claimed that serious illness has prevented one of their three elected councillors from fulfilling his duties. Since they were formed in 2019, scandal and disgrace has never been veryContinue reading “Mystery illness belatedly given as reason for councillor’s poor attendance record”

Bullies take the cowards way out

An article published  elsewhere on this website yesterday previewed a long awaited meeting between a controversial, unregulated ‘vigilante’ group and representatives of concerned residents of the same town (read more here). In the event, it turned out to be a huge disappointment as the criminals, thugs and bullies who appear to dominate Failsworth Street PatrolContinue reading “Bullies take the cowards way out”

Controversial ‘vigilante group’ set for Town Hall showdown

One of the hottest current topics, in a notoriously racist town north east of Manchester, is a neighbourhood group described in the city’s evening newspaper as ‘vigilantes’. (read more here). Failsworth Street Patrol (FSP), founded around eighteen months ago and run by local man, Paul Wadsworth, purports to keep the streets safe by sending outContinue reading “Controversial ‘vigilante group’ set for Town Hall showdown”

Raja Miah to face harassment trial in August, 2022

An unemployed political activist, 48 years old Raja Miah, made his third court appearance yesterday at which the date was listed for a trial over an offence under the Protection of Harassment Act, 1997. It will take place at Manchester and Salford Magistrates’ Court on 17th August, 2022, writes Neil Wilby. He had previously pleadedContinue reading “Raja Miah to face harassment trial in August, 2022”

Raja Miah set for third court appearance later today

An unemployed political activist, 48 yo Raja Miah, makes his third court appearance tomorrow. He pleaded not guilty to what Greater Manchester Police describe as harassment and sending malicious communications  at Tameside Magistrates’ Court on 3rd February, 2022, following which Miah was bailed and the case was switched to Manchester and Salford Magistrates’ Court atContinue reading “Raja Miah set for third court appearance later today”