Mystery of the ‘missing’ councillor?

A firebrand Conservative councillor in Oldham whom, after a number of unsuccessful attempts, finally won a seat in the civic chamber by displacing the then Leader of the Council, Arooj Shah, in the Chadderton South ward, is at the centre of more local controversy. A widely criticised election campaign was run by Robert Barnes inContinue reading “Mystery of the ‘missing’ councillor?”

Questions pile up for under siege conspiracy theorist

Following a widely read and shared article published elsewhere on this website on 1st September, 2022, there has been, inevitably, a demand for a follow-up. The substance of that careful, well-researched (and widely praised) piece of investigative journalism (read in full here) was to pose a series of important, public interest questions to an unemployed,Continue reading “Questions pile up for under siege conspiracy theorist”

New Council Leader faces baptism of fire

Having safely negotiated a softball first appearance as the new Council Leader on May 25th, 2022 with the Mayor-making and Annual General Meeting, Cllr Amanda Chadderton faces a very different test early next week, writes Neil Wilby. In the wake of the controversial Oldham Child Sexual Exploitation Review, published two days ago by the GreaterContinue reading “New Council Leader faces baptism of fire”

Will hate campaign claim second local council Leader?

With the countdown to the local elections in May, 2022 now well under way, the biggest question in the Greater Manchester Region, and possibly the whole of the North West, is will Oldham Metropolitan Borough Council be saying ‘goodbye’ to its Leader, Cllr Arooj Shah, who is up for re-election in the Chadderton South ward,Continue reading “Will hate campaign claim second local council Leader?”

‘Be ye never so high, the law is above you’

Although those words are often attributed to former Master of the Rolls, Tom Denning KC, they were in fact first written by Dr Thomas Fuller, a physician, preacher and intellectual, in 1733. One man to whom those words well might be addressed, and not least today, is 48 year old Raja Miah, an unemployed, failedContinue reading “‘Be ye never so high, the law is above you’”

Activist set to defy police warning over witness intimidation?

In news first broken on this website on 21st January, 2022, Greater Manchester Police confirmed that a 48 year old man from Stamford Road, Mossley had been charged with two criminal offences and bailed to appear at Tameside Magistrates’ Court on 3rd February, 2022 (read more here). Bradford-born Raja Miah (pictured above), an unemployed, self-styledContinue reading “Activist set to defy police warning over witness intimidation?”

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”

Disgraced hyper-local party mired in yet more controversy

Scandal-hit Failsworth Independent Party, never far from headlines in the local, regional and national press, face more controversy as two of their more recent bids to silence their opponents and critics appear set not only to fail, but backfire spectacularly. The thrust of much of the press coverage, and several articles elsewhere on this website,Continue reading “Disgraced hyper-local party mired in yet more controversy”

Council parts company with another senior executive

Troubled Oldham Metropolitan Borough Council has announced that Helen Lockwood is set to leave the local authority. This is the first visible effect of the very recent appointment of interim chief executive, Harry Catherall. He took office on 26th August, 2021. Helen is joining Bury Hospice, which this year celebrates its 30th Anniversary, as chiefContinue reading “Council parts company with another senior executive”