Mag­gie ‘right’ for CBB house says pre­sen­ter

Rochdale Observer - - NEWS -

TV pre­sen­ter Ry­lan Clark-Neal has de­fended Celebrity Big Brother’s choice of for­mer de­tec­tive Mag­gie Oliver for this year’s se­ries.

Bring­ing Mag­gie into the famous TV house has up­set some view­ers who took to so­cial me­dia to say she shouldn’t be on the Chan­nel Five re­al­ity show.

One viewer slammed: “Mag­gie Oliver? A po­lice of­fi­cer? Oh god now they are just send­ing any­one in! Whose next Fire­man Sam? where’s the celebs?”

An­other tweeted: “Who the hell is Mag­gie Oliver? Is she a has-been.”

But Ry­lan, who presents the spin-off show Celebrity Big Brother’s Bit On The Side, has leapt to her de­fence.

He tweeted: “And peo­ple say­ing #CBBMag­gie isn’t a celebrity…. you’re right… she’s a HERO and we’re lucky to have her. Re­spect x”

Mag­gie, from south Manch­ester, played a cru­cial role in un­cov­er­ing the in­fa­mous Rochdale sex abuse scan­dal and be­fore ap­pear­ing on Celebrity Big Brother she wrote let­ters to some of the girls af­fected by the case, ex­plain­ing why she was mak­ing an ap­pear­ance on the re­al­ity show.

Mag­gie, who re­signed from Greater Manch­ester Po­lice claim­ing that the force had failed the vic­tims of the scan­dal, told CBB pre­sen­ter Emma Willis ahead of en­ter­ing the famous house: “The last thing I want is for the girls to feel let down by me.

“I’ve writ­ten each of them a letter. So girls, you’ll be get­ting a letter from me to­mor­row morn­ing.”

Mag­gie had been cen­tral to the in­ves­ti­ga­tion into the Rochdale groom­ing case and she per­suaded vul­ner­a­ble and re­luc­tant girls to give ev­i­dence against the pae­dophiles who had sex­u­ally abused them for years.

Not ev­ery­one is op­posed to CBB’s choice of hav­ing Mag­gie in the house, with other view­ers join­ing Ry­lan in hail­ing her a hero and a credit to the show.

Au­thor Katie Piper tweeted: “Oh wow Mag­gie Oliver is go­ing in, I hope she talks openly- this is go­ing to be good.”

And CBB watcher Chris La­timer wrote: “This woman Mag­gie Oliver is a f ****** LEG­END if you’ve never heard of her she’s the one who helped bring pub­lic aware­ness of the Rochdale groom­ing scan­dal #Celebri­tyBigBrother.”

Mag­gie joins Celebrity Big Brother’s all-fe­male show along­side ex Tory MP Ann Wid­de­combe, Keep­ing Up With The Kar­dashi­ans star Ma­lika Haqq, jour­nal­ists Rachel John­son and In­dia Wil­loughby, DJ and model Ash­ley James, re­al­ity star Jess Impiazzi and for­mer Coro­na­tion Street ac­tress Amanda Bar­rie.

●●Ry­lan Clark-Neal

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