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November 18, 2013

Following publication of my research article 'A Government of Common Purpose' I received an email suggesting that I research an organisation named 'Locality'. This is what I discovered.

Upon visiting their website I recollected a series of questions posed by a concerned UK Column reader in February 2011. He wrote:

As I understand it 5,000 Community Organisers have been selected and trained, and are each to be given £20,000 for the first year. Does anybody know what the selection criteria were, who selected them, who trained them etc? Did Common Purpose have a role in any of the above? Are they all pre-existing CP graduates?

November 1, 2013

For this first episode of his new programme broadcast simultaneously on the UK Column and Peterborough FM, Alex:G discusses the week's news with Patrick Henningsen.

May 15, 2013

Louise Collins and Brian Gerrish presents a UK Column special focusing on the hypocrisy of Oxford County Council and Thames Valley Police who have apologised for not acting over the Operation Bullfinch scandal, while the failure to act at Oxford and Cherwell Valley College continues.

April 4, 2013

Brian Gerrish and Louis Collins with today's news update including foreign aid, more on Ian Duncan Smith, the great global cash confiscation, and Ofsted shuts a school in Oxford because of allegations if child abuse, but what about Oxford and Cherwell Valley College?

Brian Gerrish and Louis Collins with today's news update including foreign aid, more on Ian Duncan Smith, the great global cash confiscation, and Ofsted shuts a school in Oxford because of allegations if child abuse, but what about Oxford and Cherwell Valley College?

July 13, 2012

A major city with a £1.8 billion budget, fraud within Sheffield has affected both national and European funding streams.

Yesterday's UK Column Live investigated allegations of institutional and financial corruption within Sheffield City Council that has swallowed £millions of public money and defrauded ordinary taxpayers.

OLAF, the European Fraud Office, not only failed to tackle financial abuses, but also assisted in the cover-up.

It was alleged Sheffield Chief Executive Bob Kerslake, now head of the Civil Service, assisted this dirty process.

March 31, 2012

Following the UK Column’s exposure of the shocking sexual, racist and physical abuse of students at Oxford and Cherwell Valley College OCVC, we can now reveal that yet further complaints have been made in the last few weeks. Far from prompting a major investigation into child abuse by Oxfordshire Child Safeguarding Panel, the latest complaints have been channeled back into the very system that originally failed to take proper action. Is this to protect the past failings of those implicated?

Another new victim coming forward, has also reported a catalogue of abuse, including foul and offensive language, threats and actual physical violence, intimidation - particularly to stop complaints being made, and extremely aggressive behaviour by a member of teaching staff who had been drinking alcohol on a regular basis.  Particularly serious allegations have been made against OCVC Tutor and Programme Manager Mr John Guiver.

June 10, 2011

If we were awarding prizes for Councils hitting the headlines for all the wrong reasons then Suffolk County Council would be a strong contender for the first prize.

In June, 2010 it was revealed that the Conservative controlled Council had engaged a spin doctor on £182,000 a year who would 'involve a pro-active approach to communications, particularly in media management, including campaigns, media public relations, marketing events, branding and web'. They had also hired a teletubbies expert to speak at a motivational event for staff.