Tory revolt over controversial councillor’s future role

A controversial Conservative councillor, who owes his seat on Oldham Metropolitan Borough Council almost entirely to a grotesque smear campaign against his main opponent, faces losing his Party nomination for the ‘all-out’ elections in May, 2023. Cllr Robert Barnes, who presently represents the Chadderton South ward, narrowly ousted the former Labour and Council Leader, AroojContinue reading “Tory revolt over controversial councillor’s future role”

‘Private Pike’ to face court martial?

A rookie Conservative councillor, nicknamed ‘Private Pike’ in Oldham’s civic chamber, who has spent much of the last year denying that he is linked to a notorious Tameside-based conspiracy theorist, has eventually revealed his true colours. Cllr Dave Arnott, whom, purportedly, represents the Royton North ward since he was narrowly elected in May, 2021, enthusiasticallyContinue reading “‘Private Pike’ to face court martial?”

Jury finds Ellie Williams guilty of perverting course of justice

Following a ten week trial, a jury at Preston Crown Court has found Eleanor Williams, aged 22 and from Walney, Barrow-in-Furness, guilty of eight counts of perverting the course of justice. They deliberated for less than three hours. The verdict was unanimous. Sentencing will take place before the trial judge, HHJ Robert Altham, the HonoraryContinue reading “Jury finds Ellie Williams guilty of perverting course of justice”

‘Boots’ brought to heel

Following an exclusive posted here on Neil Wilby Media on 27th November, 2022, headlined ‘Will Boots toe the line over doctor’s remedy’, an open letter has been posted on a Facebook page, a short time ago, by the principal subject of that article, a local entertainer and spectacularly failed politician by the name of PaulContinue reading “‘Boots’ brought to heel”

‘Vigilante’ patrol returns to Manchester streets

The controversial Failsworth Street Patrol (FSP) is back. Founded around two years ago and run by local man, Paul Wadsworth, FSP purports to keep the streets of the North East Manchester suburb safe by sending out unvetted men in hoods and balaclavas in the early hours of the morning. Amongst these patrollers are said toContinue reading “‘Vigilante’ patrol returns to Manchester streets”

‘Investigative journalist, my arse’ says disgraced councillor.

Two days ago, a perennially disgraced Oldham councillor, Brian Hobin, was approached by the author of this article, Neil Wilby, to offer right of reply to a piece published here on Neil Wilby Media on the same day. The subject matter concerned a prima facie parking violation that was of no real consequence, apart fromContinue reading “‘Investigative journalist, my arse’ says disgraced councillor.”

Journalism is not a popularity contest – but this abuse is absolutely off the scale

As an investigative journalist, an essential requirement is to develop a thick skin and the ability shrug off both criticism and resistance to what is being probed, writes Neil Wilby. Particularly, from subjects of those enquiries and their circle of friends and associates who may feel threatened by what may, potentially, be exposed. This can,Continue reading “Journalism is not a popularity contest – but this abuse is absolutely off the scale”

The Review into safeguarding practices in the Borough of Oldham – Terms of Reference

These are the full Terms of Reference for an Assurance Review that took place between January, 2020 and June, 2022 into historic safeguarding practices involving Oldham Metropolitan Borough Council, Greater Manchester Police and partner agencies. The Review was undertaken by Malcolm Newsam CBE and Gary Ridgway – and published on 20th June, 2022 (read fullContinue reading “The Review into safeguarding practices in the Borough of Oldham – Terms of Reference”

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”

‘Special meeting’ promise holds good over CSE investigation

On Friday evening ( 17th June, 2022) a short announcement on Facebook by the Leader of Oldham Metropolitan Council, Cllr Amanda Chadderton, fulfilled a promise made to the town’s residents by two of her predecessors, Sean Fielding and, more recently, Arooj Shah. This is the full text of her short post: “Review into Historic ChildContinue reading “‘Special meeting’ promise holds good over CSE investigation”