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 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”

Number of candidates set to contest Oldham elections drops to 95

With the local elections in the East Lancashire mill town less than three weeks away, the statutory list of wards, candidates, and their proposers and seconders, has been published by Oldham Metropolitan Borough Council (see here). There are twenty wards in the Borough, and the Council, as part of its Publication Scheme, provides impressive in-depthContinue reading “Number of candidates set to contest Oldham elections drops to 95”

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?”

Beginning of the end?

It’s been a long haul. An investigation that started over a year ago may soon be coming to an end, writes Neil Wilby. Allegations that a police force, a local council and a group of MP’s were engaged in a long running wide-scale cover up of grooming and child sex abuse, in an East LancashireContinue reading “Beginning of the end?”