Controversial ex-councillor may to be removed as candidate in 2022 election

Politics in East Lancashire is rarely dull and today is no exception. Following publication overnight of the list of candidates who will contest the local elections in Oldham next month, an objection to one of them has already been raised with the Returning Officer, Harry Catherall.  Section 80 of the Local Government Act 1972 statesContinue reading “Controversial ex-councillor may to be removed as candidate in 2022 election”

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”

Leading Tory activist faces up to £200,000 costs and damages after High Court defeat

In a detailed High Court judgment handed down on 3rd February, 2022, following hearings held at the Royal Courts of Justice in April and October, 2021, Master Victoria McLeod found that Khazir Rehman, 36, of Oldham, Greater Manchester had harassed and seriously defamed a pillar of his local community, Cllr Riaz Ahmad (read full detailsContinue reading “Leading Tory activist faces up to £200,000 costs and damages after High Court defeat”

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”

Disgraced Tory activist faces agonising wait to learn his fate

Elsewhere on this website, on 3rd February, 2022, it was exclusively revealed that former Oldham Councillor, Khazir Rehman, had failed to defend a libel and harassment claim brought against him by sitting councillor and former close-working colleague, Cllr Riaz Ahmad (read full article here). In an excoriating judgement, dated 26th December, 2021, but delivered toContinue reading “Disgraced Tory activist faces agonising wait to learn his fate”

Another one bites the dust

In recent history, it is difficult to comprehend that any one person can have made as many unsuccessful complaints, to a wide variety of public bodies and statutory regulators, as Tameside’s notorious failed charity and free schools operator, Raja Miah. These include numerous complaints by Miah, or in concert with his cohort, to Oldham MetropolitanContinue reading “Another one bites the dust”

Kaiser loses war of words

One of Oldham’s most controversial political figures in recent years, Khazir Rehman, has been defeated in a defamation and harassment claim brought against him by Cllr Riaz Ahmad, a long serving Member of Oldham Metropolitan Borough Council and former Mayor. Hugely respected, locally and regionally, Cllr Ahmad is also a magistrate, school governor and collegeContinue reading “Kaiser loses war of words”

Extraordinary Council meeting set to rubber stamp top officer appointment

Following an exclusive posted elsewhere on this website on 17th August, 2021 (read here), Oldham Metropolitan Borough Council sits this evening in an Extraordinary session, starting at 6pm, to consider a motion approving the appointment of Harry Catherall as interim chief executive. The proposal to bring Harry out of semi-retirement was considered by the Council’sContinue reading “Extraordinary Council meeting set to rubber stamp top officer appointment”