Saturday, 4 December 2010

Doubleday's Brush with the Law

A police source tells me that Councillor Andrew Doubleday for Denton South was spotted at local police station with Deputy Leader, Councillor John Taylor for the Dukinfield ward. Now it had nothing to do with Labour's campaign to stop police cuts (pictured), but to do with one councillors erratic behaviour. Which one could it be? Could Andrew Doubleday's behaviour at St. Laurence's cricket club be finally catching up with him?

Anyone care to elaborate in the comments below? You can always drop an email.

Friday, 12 November 2010

Questions for Tameside's Full Council Meeting 23/11/2010

Tameside's next full council meeting is on at the 23rd of November at 5PM. I would strongly recommend more members of the public attend as it does show you how clueless our elected representatives are.

If you want to ask a question, then you have to go through the council appointed "Civic Advisory Panel" who will decided if you question is appropriate to be asked.

Here are my questions...

Civic Advisory Panel
I am concerned that a previous question of mine on councillors allowances was rejected. In a reply from the Head of Democratic Services, I was told that the Civic Advisory Panel said that "it wasn't appropriate" on the grounds that it should be directed towards the Independent Remuneration Panel. Who is the Civic Advisory Panel to decide on which questions are asked or not? Who are these political has-beens who are former councillors and MPs? Why is it that only one member of the Civic Advisory Panel regularly turns up to full council meetings? It isn't really an independent grouping when they can be leaned upon their party peers or the council itself, as I am told that the council can advise on a response to give if they don't like the direction of questioning. If a question is rejected, there is no chance for the question to be amended as responses to questions are given usually just a few days or even minutes before the full council meeting when questions need five working days notice. I don't know any other council in Greater Manchester that requires questions to be submitted with five days notice and asking councillors up and down the country, they have never heard of a Civic Advisory Panel. Does the council agree that the Civic Advisory Panel is unnecessary and an undemocratic way of blocking members of the public from asking questions and will it seek to disband the panel and allow the public to freely engage in a democratic debate?

Tameside Councillor Pay
Will Tameside Councillors consider taking a 10% pay cut in their allowances like the Oldham Council Labour Group Leader, Jim McMahon proposed in their last full council meeting? The basic allowance for an Oldham Councillor is £8,950 where is in the neighbouring borough of Tameside it is £11,640, why is there such a difference? Research carried out by the TaxPayers' Alliance in 2007 stated that Tameside Councillors had the 9th highest average allowance per councillor in the country. Why are allowances so high for such a small borough? For many councillors to call themselves socialist and take more than what the average person in Tameside works in a "proper" full time job smacks in the face of those hard working people.

Why is it that many council staff are suffering from massive pay cuts in losing thousands of pounds as a result of mismanagement senior staff, yet councillors pay is protected or worse, going up? Tameside Council has made many bad mistakes over the past years such as cutting £7,500 in funding for books for the blind, yet it could somehow afford to pay near enough £40,000 for a virtual town hall on Second Life. Cutting councillors allowances will go a long way to protect public services which the taxpayers' of Tameside deserve and rely on.


Union Staff
According to a report from the TaxPayers' Alliance, Tameside Council employs 8.4 full time equivalent staff who take time out for union activity at an estimated cost of £227,469. In a FOI I received, there are even staff roles for union staff including a "Union Learning Representative", GMB have their own "Trade Union Convener" and I am extremely perplexed as to why there is a "Unison Branch Secretary" on the public payroll. Just how does this benefit frontline services? Councillor Kieran Quinn described taxpayer funded union staff on his blog as being "Important" and that they "play such an important part in the successful running of Tameside Council". Pardon my ignorance, but how does being a union rep keep the streets clean, empty the bins or keeping any other front line service open when they are sat in their offices doing nothing proactive. In my history of working for the private sector, I have never come across paid union officials - in fact, you would be laughed out of the door for even being a member of one. Why should hard pressed taxpayers bankroll the unions when employees can opt in to make their own contributions? Will the council scrap paid union officials before cutting front line staff and services that taxpayers in Tameside rely on.


Kiagware Hospital
Will the council scrap funding for a foreign hospital which council taxpayers don't wish to pay for. Does the council agree that our own hospital in Tameside should come as a priority when according to the Doctor Foster report, Tameside Hospital had the third highest mortality rate in the country. The report also gives Tameside Hospital one out of five for patient safety. Will the new leadership pledge to put Tameside people first and please give a total figure of monies given to Kiagware Hospital directly or by proxy via a UK charity.


Tameside Council's Wellbeing Officer
According to a article on Personnel Today, Tameside Council proudly boasted of their "urbanwalks" scheme where staff were handed out maps of where to walk to on their lunch along with walking tips. Two members of the HR team have been trained as "walk leaders" and there is even a self-proclaimed "wellbeing champion". It beggars belief that staff don't supposedly know how to walk or direct themselves towards Greggs across the market. Can the council please confirm a breakdown of:

1. The breakdown of the costs for the "urbanwalks" scheme - including how many staff hours were spent on this scheme.
2. What has been the response for the "urbanwalks" scheme. How many "urbanwalks" have Tameside Council staff taken?
3. What training was involved for the "walk leaders" how long was the training for and how much did it cost?
4. Could we please know if Tameside Council employs a "wellbeing champion". What is the grade of this salary? How many other "wellbeing champions" does Tameside Council employ?


Tameside Council Standards
I am deeply concerned that a complaint I have been chasing about emails from a Tameside Council IP address making libelous statements towards a councillor has been ongoing now since the 14th of March 2010. I was given a response on the 1st of April 2010, but this overlooked other evidence. I immediately challenged this, but I am still to get a reply. Can the council please confirm what is being done to address this issue. I have had a letter from the Chief Executive in August confirming he had received my complaint and they would get back to me with a response, I am still waiting for this response.

I also lodged a complaint about the same councillor who failed to declare an interest, despite this councillor having correspondence sent to Tameside's Council Offices on several occasions regarding this business. The borough solicitor requested evidence of this, which I did so on the 4th of March 2010 and this was confirmed by the borough solicitor a day later. I emailed the borough solicitor on the 22nd of April 2010 chasing the matter up. I got a response from you on the 26th of April 2010. I was told that the councillor in question claimed he didn't receive the email and that the borough solicitor sent a letter to him via recorded delivery. I was told that if the councillor didn't give a satisfactory response, the matter would be taken to the council's standards committee. Can the council please confirm what has since happened as I have written on numerous occasions asking for a response, but I have failed to get one.

I am indeed refering to Councillor Sean Parker-Perry. More details to follow about Active Longdendale, Tameside 2 Kenya and all sorts of other shenanigans he has been getting up to. Look out for a post on Tameside 2 Kenya soon!

Tuesday, 2 November 2010

Sandra Stewart's Rallying Call to Staff

Whilst not responding to FOI's, Tameside Council's borough solicitor and deputy chief executive finds time to write to staff in the weekly staff brief which is usually taken care of by Steven Pleasant. Reading the email, you would of thought it would of come from one of Tameside Council's paid union stooges as she describes the cuts to local government spending as the "biggest external threat this council has ever had to face".

Supporting Employees to Early Retire

You will be aware that the Council faces significant cuts to its funding, as announced by Government in the Comprehensive Spending Review on the 19 October 2010, on a scale and speed never seen or experienced in the lifetime of Tameside Council.

Additionally, the Government is also currently consulting on changes that it proposes to make to the Local Government Pension Fund. Whilst it is not known what these changes are likely to be, it is clear that any changes are likely to have a detrimental effect on the benefits that the Pension Fund will provide.

There is a lot of activity going on across the Council, at the moment, led by the Executive Cabinet Members, because of our need to respond very quickly to the biggest external threat this Council has ever had to face. It means having to look at every single part of the council in terms of what we do and why we do it - in recognition that we will have considerably less money for next 4 years.

Nearly all our costs are the wages of the people who deliver our services. There is no doubt that faced with these unprecedented and severe cuts means we will need to employ fewer people and become a much smaller organisation over the next few years.

We have, therefore, been considering opportunities we can give to employees to access their pensions early whilst saving money to protect services and secure jobs.

Consequently, where there is a financial business case to do so the Council is enabling employees, who are 55 or over, to exit the Council on beneficial terms to the employee, which will also result in savings to the wages budget as vacant posts will not be filled at the same level if at all. This is because we will have to find new models of delivery that protect our frontline services and keep delivering to those in our community, who are the most vulnerable and in need of our support. We need to do that in a way that protects people’s jobs and livelihoods.

I am aware that discussions have been taking place directly between managers and staff during the summer about the potential to enable early access to pensions and a number of employees have taken the opportunity to secure their pensions. However, feedback has been received from a number of employees indicating they do not fully understand the offer made to them and the potential changes to the pension fund scheme.

Given the circumstances and the feedback, it has been decided to send a letter detailing an early retirement offer to any employee who is 55 or over and whose individual exit package can be afforded. Whilst the Council would like to offer everyone who is over 55 access to their pension, this is not possible because such an offer must be affordable and generate significant savings. It is extremely unlikely, given the current financial climate and proposed changes to the pension fund, that the Council will be able to support such retirements in the future.

Letters will be sent to eligible staff next week setting out full details.

Tameside Council has been told to scale down their budget by £100m over the next four years. This is as much as Manchester City Council who have a larger budget. It tells you that Tameside has had far too much for too long.

Friday, 22 October 2010

EXCLUSIVE: Steven Pleasant, Chief Executive of Tameside Council Responds to the Comprehensive Spending Review

Tameside Council's Chief Execuitve, Steven Pleasant sends out weekly emails to staff to let them know what's going on at the council. A theme over the past two weeks has been building over the inevitable job cuts. On the 8th of October, he headlined his newsletter with "Support with Change". The public sector darlings at Tameside council offices must be having trouble grasping the fact that they can't simply piss money up the wall anymore.

Support with Change

Since Central Government announced the likely level of spending cuts to public services, I know all areas of the Council have been looking at ways to generate efficiencies and make savings. As services respond to these financial challenges, many of us will be experiencing changes both individually and within teams.

To support staff during this time, we are putting in place a series of 90 minute workshops over the coming months. The sessions will cover topics including managing resilience, goal setting and working with change, providing practical tools and techniques for all employees. People from across the organisation have told me these are some of the main areas they would like more support around.

If you are interested in attending look out for more information on the staff portal next week or alternatively speak to your manager. Also, if there are other areas you think we should look at – let me know.

He then emailed a week later on the 15th of October with a statement in anticipation of the comprehensive spending review. He states that Tameside Council will "continue to manage our resources as stringently as possible". Forgive me if I sound a little pessimistic, but I shall reserve judgement given your tendency to spend money like it's going out of fashion. Need I mention wasting money on statues, a virtual town hall, non-jobs etc... But here's an idea Steve, cut the bullshit workshops. If staff can't cope, then fuck 'em. I can't cope with paying more tax to support a large state which is crippling our economy.

Comprehensive Spending Review

Next week, the Government will issue details of its Comprehensive Spending Review (CSR). This will give us further indications of the levels of savings local authorities are required to make over the next 3 years. We know from previous ministerial statements that the scale of reduction on the Council’s budget will be severe and unprecedented. Executive Members and senior managers met this week to discuss the possible options we will need to consider if we are to meet this challenge. Until we know the actual extent of the budget reductions, we cannot make any big decisions about future service delivery options. We can, however, continue to manage our resources as stringently as possible and I would like all managers and employees to continue working together to identify ways to make efficiencies and savings.

It is my intention to keep everyone up to date on the spending review and what this means for us as a Council. I will inform you of the details as the picture becomes more clear.

Today Pleasant has informed staff to inform them that the end of the public sector gravy train is over and job losses are on the way. Tameside is to expect a 28% reduction in its budget over the next four years.

On Wednesday, the Government announced its plans for public spending in its Comprehensive Spending Review. Although the detail of the review is still to be confirmed, we now know that overall, local authorities are facing an unparalleled 28% reduction in their budgets over the next four years.

What this means exactly for us in Tameside is not yet clear but we know that the challenge is enormous. Putting it in context, we will have to save in one year what we have saved through efficiencies in the last 7 years added together. This probably equates to savings of over £30million next year and a total of around £100 million over 4 years.

We have to explore every single option and create new and better ways of doing things if we are to minimise the effect of the cuts on our frontline services. We need to keep delivering to those in our community who are the most vulnerable and in need of our support, whilst protecting people's jobs and livelihoods.

Our private, public and voluntary sector partners will have a key role in working with us to support our community. We must develop even more links with them, building on the strong relationships already established through our partnership working.

I have no doubt that there will be anxieties following Wednesday's announcement, particularly in light of the publicised job cuts across the sector. Clearly, faced with these unprecedented savings we will need to operate as an organisation with fewer people in the future. It is impossible at this point to say how changes to service delivery will impact on job numbers, however, as an organisation we will continue to look at ways to protect people's jobs as much as we can.

The precise details of the challenge ahead may not be clear for several weeks, and it will be some time before the full fallout from the Government's announcement becomes clear. Over the next few months, decisions will have to be made by the Executive on service delivery options that will achieve our savings targets. I will keep you fully informed on these decisions as we move forward.

It is my expectation that all staff have the opportunity to be involved in the shaping of services through team meetings, one to ones with managers and service reviews. If you are not experiencing this involvement please let me know.

That's all for this week.

Chief Executive
Tameside MBC

Looks like those paid union staff may come in use after all!

Thursday, 23 September 2010

David Rigby - The New Charter Con

Something is up at New Charter. Back in March they laid off their marketing director, David Rigby, but he likes to call himself "Head of Business Development" on his LinkedIn profile.

But, hey, what's this? It looks like he has used that nice redundancy pay packet to set-up his own company called "David Rigby Communications" which was formed only a month later. He states:

"Currently pleased to be working at New Charter and Aksa housing providers on the second series of Neighbourhood Watched (BBC One)"

He also describes himself as a "Housing Communications Consultant" on his Twitter page. Whatever the fuck that is...

Oh David Rigby, you cheeky scamp. Try "crisis managing" your way out of this one.

Wednesday, 26 May 2010

Jonathan Reynolds Makes His Maiden Parliamentary Speech

Kieran Quinn's "New Politics"

In Quinn's maiden speech as Executive Leader last night, he spoke of his "new politics" he has been banging on about in the press. He pointed to me in the middle of his speech saying that "I have things in store that will please Tameside's blogosphere of which you will read about in the press". So what could Kieran be up to? I have some suggestions for him...

1. Getting rid of Roy's 2 Jags:

I asked Tameside Council on Twitter if they would be disposing of their two chauffeur driven Jags given that the new Conservative Chancellor has banned ministers from using them, forcing them to walk and use public transport like the rest of us. Tameside's new deputy leader, John Taylor responded and said he sent them back on Monday.

2. Reduction of the Executive Leaders Pay:

Another criticism of Roy Oldham was his pay. Kieran was going on about his love for the job. Will he take a 5% pay cut like his Westminster colleagues? Or perhaps he will stay on the same salary when he was on the cabinet for Economy?

3. Scrapping of Political Assistants:

Another populist move would be to scrap political assistants. Don Charlesworth has already left and there is no talk of a replacement as of yet. If the leader wishes not to have a political assistant, then the shadow must get rid of his.

What changes at the top would Tameside Eye readers like to see? Post them in the comments below.

Sunday, 16 May 2010

BREAKING: Councillor Roy Oldham Loses Leadership of Tameside Council After 30 Years

In a shocking result, Labour Councillor for Longdendale, Roy Oldham has lost out in a leadership coup after serving as Executive Leader to Tameside Council for 30 years, making him the longest serving council leader in the country. Roy is replaced by Droylsden East councillor, Kieran Quinn.

The contest has been ongoing for over two years. It is known that Roy had planned on stepping down due to falling ill with cancer. It is widely rumoured that former Chief Executive, Janet Calendar, minded Roy to step down. This resulted in a bitter argument with Roy determined more than ever to keep the leadership with Janet Calendar resigning and joining Trafford Council.

When Roy recovered from cancer, he reversed his decision to step down. His Constituency Labour Party wasn't as supportive with the CLP announcing that they would be supporting Kieran in the role for Labour leader. Roy described this as a "slap in the face".

Tameside Labour councillors met at Stalybridge Labour Club this morning to cast their votes. Kieran just scraped in as leader by obtaining the support of 27 of the 46 councillors, leaving Roy with 19.

Kieran Quinn will be made Tameside Council Leader at the next Full Council meeting on the 25th of May. It is expected there will be a shake-up of the current cabinet and a new deputy leader replacing Joe Kitchen.

UPDATE: Dukinfield Councillor, John Taylor has announced on Twitter that he is the new deputy leader.

Sunday, 25 April 2010

Sex, Drugs and Jeff Dennis

I have had the pleasure of being handed an exclusive preview of Denton & Reddish Independent candidate, Jeff Daniels who is campaigning for a tougher stance on crime.

Jeff Daniels - Independent Candidate for Denton and Reddish

You can follow Jeff's campaign on Facebook.

Thursday, 1 April 2010

Happy April Fools Day!

Obviously, the last post was an April fools joke. Given that dog shit is a subject of the day, this video may interest you:

EXCLUSIVE: Tameside Council to Power Offices with Dog Shit

In new documents leaked exclusively to Tameside Eye, an angry Tameside Patroller who wishes not to be named has revealed that they will now have to pick up dog shit as part of their duties.

Councillor John Taylor who commands Tameside Patrollers has said that patrollers will be given poop and scoop kits soon to start collecting faeces to power their new renewable energy project located beneath the council offices on Wellington Road.

Tameside Council claim that this is a first and that it will be able to power up to 15% of their offices at full capacity. Given that reckless dog owners allow their dogs to roam the streets and defecate on the streets, Tameside Council will have plenty to collect.

One does wonder what the smell of burning dog shit will be like in Ashton town centre. Mind you, councillors and senior management are full of it to begin with!

Tameside Council: Dog Pooh Energy

Tuesday, 30 March 2010

BREAKING: Jonny Reynolds Selected as Labour PPC for Stalybridge & Hyde

Labour have selected Cllr. Jonny Reynolds as their prospective parliamentary candidate for Stalybridge & Hyde.

More later...

Thursday, 25 March 2010

Exclusive: Longdendale Labour Officer "Bankrolled" by the Taxpayer

It would seem that Tameside Council leader Roy Oldham is "buying" his loyal members by rewarding them with senior positions on Tameside Council paid for by the taxpayer.

Revealing documents have been given to Tameside Eye which include the agenda and minutes of the AGM of the Longdendale Labour ward branch. It includes one member that holds a senior position within the Longdendale Labour Party and Tameside Council.

Don Charlesworth, who is an auditing officer for Longdendale Labour, also happens to be Roy Oldham's political assistant. Under the Local Government and Housing Act 1989, politically restricted officers such as Mr. Charlesworth may not:
"Be an officer of a political party or of any branch of such a party or a member of any committee or sub-committee of such a party or branch if his duties as such an officer or member would be likely to require him to participate in the general management of the party or the branch; or act on behalf of the party or branch in dealings with persons other than members of the party or members of another political party associated with the party."

It should be noted that Charleswoth is known to be Roy's "hired heavy" by going around bullying fellow Labour councillors into supporting Roy Oldham's way of thinking. It has been alleged that Don Charlesworth has co-ordinated smears from the leaders office against political rivals such as Councillor Kieran Quinn and his leadership supporters.

As a political researcher, he will know the laws on political assistants inside out. He has clearly flouted the laws and therefore should be sacked from Tameside Council.

Longdendale Labour Ward Agenda - 22/02/2010

Longdendale Labour AGM 2010 - 25/01/2010

Are there any other names on this list of officers that Tameside Eye has left out? Put them in the comments below or email us anonymously.

Thursday, 18 March 2010

Labour's Stalybridge and Hyde Selection "Fiasco"

Kevin Maguire has called the Stalybridge & Hyde Labour selection a "fiasco" on his blog after two hopefulls to become Stalybridge & Hyde's parliamentary candidate have quit claiming the selection favours Councillor Jonny Reynolds.

Floyd Millen, a campaigner for Operation Black Vote and director of the think tank Yes Minister, tweeted this afternoon that he was pulling out of the selection for "personal reasons". The other candidate to withdraw themselves is former immigration minister and MP for Hornsey and Wood Green, Barbara Roche.

Labour's National Executive Committee who are organising the selections had originally excluded Jonny Reynolds from the shortlist, presumably to exclude a strong contender. This was met with much furore as it was seen as political posturing from Unite who are looking to impose NEC member and Unite officer, Peter Wheeler. This led to James Purnell having to "beg" Peter Mandelson to intervene and put Jonny Reynolds on the shortlist.

This leaves Jonny Reynolds, Peter Wheeler and Dr. Kailash Chand on the shortlist. Perhaps Councillor Peter Robinson who is chair of the Stalybridge & Hyde Labour Party, spoke too soon when he wrote to the Guardian saying the party had been presented with "a real choice".

Saturday, 13 March 2010

WHO Smeared Jonny Reynolds?

Labour are well underway in the process for selecting a new candidate to replace Stalybridge & Hyde MP, James Purnell who resigned in February. As with any selection, it wouldn't be complete without a good old fashioned smear with candidates battling it out with each other for the £64k job.

One of the candidates tipped to replace James Purnell is Longdendale councillor, Jonny Reynolds. As a former staffer in Purnell's office, former vice chair of Labour Students and a columnist for Progress Online, he has support from within his constituency and further afield.

It was a shock then when I received an email from a "Sam Smith" who made various allegations against Councillor Reynolds as seen in the screenshot below:

According to the source code of the email, the senders originating IP address was

I further quizzed the claims and asked for evidence to back up these allegations on Councillor Jonny Reynolds and others mentioned within the email. I got a reply with yet more accusations, yet no evidence as requested:

Upon further inspection of the source code of the email address, it pointed to the IP address which belongs to Tameside Council. So someone from inside Tameside Council offices was behind the smears against Councillor Reynolds.

So I contacted another Longdendale Councillor, Sean Parker-Perry as recommended by Sam Smith. Sean had announced to his friends on Facebook that he was the "official Longdendale candidate". I wanted to contact him for more information as to what was going on with the Stalybridge & Hyde selection. He replied to my email and gave me this response:

I am quite pleased that Sean likes my factually correct articles. However, I approached this with caution and I used the service DidTheyReadIt to trace if Councillor Parker-Perry had read the email and he did. He opened the email under the same IP address as "Sam Smith". The source code of the email further confirms this.

With this evidence, I thought to keep this quiet in order to obtain more information from Sam Smith/Sean Parker-Perry and gain further concrete evidence. I responded to Councillor Parker-Perry's email without dropping any hints and I got another email from him which can be read below:

It's interesting to see that Sean is becoming more "open" with his rivalry against Jonny Reynolds. Again the same IP address makes another appearance in the source code of Sean Parker-Perry's email.

Things went a little quiet with Sam Smith, so we gave them a little nudge. We got another email with claims of rigging the selection to favour Reynolds hinting that Councillor Parker-Perry was no longer in the race to be candidate. Something which he confirmed on the phone to me. Smith's email can be read below:

We checked the source code again and this came from Tameside Council's IP address. It is quite worrying how emails at Tameside Council are going out undetected with smears of this nature. I am told by a source close to Tameside Council that they should be able to trace who was logged onto the machine at the time.

With the evidence in hand. I called Councillor Sean Parker-Perry and asked him if he knew of the emails done by Sam Smith and if he did them. He denied all knowledge of the emails. So to jog his memory, I sent a copy of the emails with the supporting evidence attached as you see here. I got the following reply from Sean:

"I question both the source and motivation of the editor of this website. Since being expelled from the conservative party, spending time in Police captivity and his close relations with the Tory PPC, Liam Billington has continued to harrass me. I have catagorically denied this allegation that I have emailed Billington and I believe Billington struggles to grasp the technological intelligence to make these statements.

I assume that Billington is a key member of Rob Adlard's Tory campaign team, a matter that will be of interest to the electorate following his recent indescretions.

I have instructed solicitors to deal with Billington and his accusations, a matter that could once again involve the Police."

I think Sean is getting a little too defensive here considering he stated I produce factually correct articles - eating your words Sean? I did say to him that if it wasn't him, surely he shares the same concerns as I do as to who wrote the emails against Councillor Reynolds.

To counter Parker-Perry's claims in the email:

1. Yes I was a member of the Conservative Party, but I decided to resign.

2. The police captivity Sean talks about is when he had me arrested for "harassment" however his recent emails would seem otherwise. He had me arrested by PC Sue Moss, the local copper who he sits on the local district assembly with. I do find it rich coming from you complaining about "being on the wrong side of the law" when you went to court over allegedly stealing items from your ex's car.

3. I work in Search Engine Optimisation. I think I know what I am talking about.

4. I am friends with the Conservative PPC for Stalybridge & Hyde, Rob Adlard, however I have never had the opportunity to aid him in his campaign in the constituency. Just because you resign from a party doesn't mean you have to lose friends over politics.

5. I am quite happy for you to notify your solicitor or your friend PC Sue Moss.

For posterity the email with Sean Parker-Perry's right of reply matched the same IP address in the source code as Sam Smith's. Oh noes!

And it isn't the first time that Councillor Parker-Perry has made a mess of the internet. Whilst working as a "parliamentary political operative" to James Purnell, he felt compelled to whitewash his employers name amongst others he is connected to under the guise as "Roadmunkey". He also set up a blog against the local bypass where he used it to attack opponents.

The evidence built up against Councillor Sean Parker-Perry is clear. Rather than digging himself a hole by trying to further drag others down to his level, he should come clean and admit that he smeared Councillor Jonny Reynolds in order to boost his chances of being selected by Stalybridge & Hyde Constituency Labour Party.

Wednesday, 10 March 2010

Dogs as Weapons Banned. Goodbye Dukinfield Rent-a-Mob?

The home secretary, Alan Johnson has introduced a wave of new laws to update the Dangerous Dogs Act. The changes include new rules to control vicious dogs aimed at problem inner city areas. This includes banning the use of vicious dogs as weapons. Speaking to the Metro newspaper, Alan Johnson said:

"The vast majority of dog owners are responsible, but there is no doubt that some people breed and keep dogs for the sole purpose of intimidating others, in a sense using dogs as a weapon.

"It is this sort of behaviour that we will not tolerate; it is this sort of behaviour that we are determined to stop."

Ah so that makes me wonder what is going to happen to Councillor John Taylor's private security vigilante force, Peak Close Protection which go around with Rottweiler dogs with the intention to intimidate youths on the council estates of Tameside.

Monday, 22 February 2010

Exclusive: Lib Dems Pick Stephen Broadhurst for Denton & Reddish

The Liberal Democrats have picked their fist candidate out of the three Tameside constituencies, Stephen Broadhurst, who will be standing against the Labour MP, Andrew Gwynne in Denton and Reddish.

Stephen is currently a councillor for Macclesfield Town which is part of the newly formed, Cheshire East council. Stephen tells me that he aims to give the bookies a run for their money with odds on the Lib Dems winning this seat currently standing at 101.00.

Friday, 19 February 2010

James Purnell Quits

The MP for Stalybridge & Hyde, James Purnell has decided to call it a day after months of speculation he was going to resign as an MP after calling for Gordon Brown to resign back in June 2009.

This has come as a sigh of relief for his constituents who are sick of him going AWOL from his constituency and to only turn up for token visits and photo opportunities. However, his activists are infuriated with this decision as what can be described as being shat on from a great height after months of campaigning to push Purnell to get reelected.

Purnell is somewhat controversial in the area after being parachuted into Stalybridge & Hyde by Tony Blair after what was described as a safe seat for Labour under the wing of Lord Tom Pendry, who managed to hold on to the seat when Thatcher swung into power in 1979. Since then Purnell has managed to decrease the majority what Labour had and increase voter apathy with his constantly high expenses which he leads the way for being one of the UK's most expensive MP's.

Last year, Purnell got a £36,130 "Golden Goodbye" for resigning as a cabinet minister. By retiring as an MP he is set to receive yet more money in the form of a "resettlement grant" from the House of Commons worth 50 to 100% of his salary as an MP. The first £30,000 of the grant is tax free and is meant to help MP's to adjust to "non parliamentary life" the real world. Many MPs are having to forfeit this money due to abusing the Parliamentary expenses system. We intend to expose Purnell's expenses over the coming months so he gets fuck all.

One of the big questions over Purnell's expenses was over his primary household which he claims was in Broadbottom. This is nothing more than a shed which has been left empty and in a decrepit state over the years until it was recently refurbished over the Summer. The rules over the additional costs allowance is that MPs must live in their primary household for more than 183 days a year in order to claim for a second property; for which Purnell near enough claims £2,500 a month rent for an apartment in London. It will be interesting to see how quickly his "home" is put on the market...

The Labour twitterati across Manchester are pushing Cllr. Jonny Reynolds in Longdendale to put his hat into the ring for a speedy selection. Reynolds was a former Vice Chair of Labour Students and a columnist for Progress Online - so he carries some weight behind him.

Stalybridge and Hyde has become a marginalized seat since the last local elections with the Conservatives outpolling Labour by over 1,000 votes. This would mean Stalybridge & Hyde would have its first Conservative MP since 1937. Rob Adlard, who lives in the constituency is the Prospective Parliamentary Candidate for the Conservatives.

Wednesday, 27 January 2010

David Heyes Claimed on "illegal" Website

Many of you may not know, but Ashton-under-Lyne MP, David Heyes has a website located here. David claimed the £1838.88 cost as part of his Communications Allowance in 2008.

However the site has been left untouched since its inception with the news and press releases pages going empty. Despite the waste of money, the site breaches several rules in the "The Communications Allowance and the use of House stationery" rule book which can be read on from page 25:

7. You must not use your website:

• to encourage people to join a particular political party.
• to publish or promote any publication, unless it meets the rules.

8. In order to maintain a clear distinction between your website, which is financed from public funds, and any other domain, you must make a clear distinction between your site and any site to which links are provided. You may do this by taking users through a page that confirms they are leaving your website, or by requiring them to acknowledge it through a pop-up form.

Linking to the Labour Party homepage - a political site which encourages people to join and donate to the Labour Party as well as attacking other parties is in breach of the rules above. None of the links on the links page give any warning that you are leaving the website.

20. The use of party logos should be restricted to proportionate and discrete use.

As you can see in the header of the website, the Labour Rose features quite prominently throughout the site.

I am told that David Heyes could of paid for a website himself from the Labour Party for just £250 a year. This is used by neighboring MPs James Purnell and Andrew Gwynne. This would of allowed him to have published whatever political content he wanted along with the Labour Party logo as well as saving the taxpayer money.

Sunday, 24 January 2010

Roy Oldham's Downfall

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The gossip on the grapevine is that Councillor Kieran Quinn is gathering momentum to replace Councillor Roy Oldham as the leader of Tameside Council after the local elections.

Kieran has rostered up support by moving in on Roy Oldham's constituency with the Hyde Newton Labour branch announcing their opposition to Cllr. Oldham at a recent branch meeting. Interestingly this ward is where his late wife was a councillor.

But what is more interesting is that the Tameside Co-Operative Party are also backing Kieran Quinn. The treasurer of the group is no other than Councillor Sean Parker-Perry and the secretary is Councillor Jonny Reynolds - both councillors in the Longdendale ward shared with Roy Oldham.

The plot thickens...

Wednesday, 13 January 2010

TMBC Turning on Taxpayers

You may have read the MEN today you would of seen this article about Lisa Harris from Stalybridge where bin men from Tameside Council refused to empty her bins because she was wearing a Liverpool shirt. Not satisfied with that they continue to shout a torrent of abuse saying "I hate Scousers. I bet you don’t even work" and "I batter Scousers". Nice.

And remember the Facebook fan page against Tameside Council? When we reported the success of the group earlier in the week, it only had 284 fans and has now snowballed to 310 supporters. It has caused one of Tameside Council's gritting team to go on and vent abuse at the members:

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I can see that Tameside Council's PR department are now running around after a massive PR blitz in the local press with a double page propaganda spread on what Tameside Council is doing in the bad weather, despite it appearing to be doing naff all.

I do find it disgraceful that Tameside Council staff show very little respect to their employers... The council taxpayers of Tameside.

Update: If you think Tameside Council did a good job of gritting then join this group. It should be noted that the creator of the group who accused people of complaining on another group of being "wankers" and bleated on about having to do a 16 hour shift, is going to be getting more than enough overtime according to his wife who will be spending it on a holiday & spends. It can't be that bad after all!

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Tuesday, 12 January 2010

Tameside Council Are F*cking Useless

There is a Facebook fan page which was formed on the 5th of January 2010 named "Tameside Council Are F*cking Useless". The group has quickly gained 284 fans.

Compare this to Tameside Council's very own Facebook fan page which was set up on the 6th of March 2009 and has only 105 fans.

Oh dear...

Friday, 8 January 2010

Fancy A Flutter?

I have just received the odds from Ladbrokes for Tameside's Parliamentary seats for your viewing pleasure...


Labour: 1.02
Conservatives: 11.00
Liberal Democrats: 101.00

Denton & Reddish

Labour: 1.01
Conservatives: 13.00
Liberal Democrats: 51.00
UKIP: 101.00

Stalybridge & Hyde

Labour: 1.10
Conservatives: 6.00
Liberal Democrats: 101.00

To place a bet head over to Ladbrokes Political Betting now.

A special thanks to the team @ladpolitics for putting the odds together.

Monday, 4 January 2010

Exclusive: The Day After Tomorrow... No Grit!

You would think that looking outside looks like something from the movie the day after tomorrow given the immense snow and freezing temperatures we have been facing. And it would seem that there is more to come.

People have been complaining over Christmas that roads have gone ungritted and gritters are driving around for show. One user of the Consumer Action Group forum did a revealing post about the state of gritting in Tameside:

"My mate's lad (23), is on one the gritting teams when it's needed, he told me earlier today that Tameside Council have known about this bad weather for well over a week but have no grit and no money to buy any.. Result..... Even our major roads in Tameside at this moment are virtually impassable and dangerous.."

So based on that it would assume that Tameside Council can afford to throw away £50,000 of taxpayers' money at a hospital in Kenya, but not be able to buy in any grit for the roads. This did cause Tameside Council to go into a PR overdrive with a dedicated page spinning the situation and a 60 Second News item virtually dedicated to it.

I have been told by a reliable source that Tameside Council only have 80 tonnes of grit left. Now having a look at these minutes (item 23), 80 tonnes would indicate that Tameside only has 1 days worth of grit left - 2 at a stretch.

Tameside Council are saying that they can't buy anymore grit as the government is allocating how much they can have. Only main roads are being gritted tonight and grit bins are not being refilled.

Picture credit: Tameside Citizen