May has been a busy month in the constituency!

It’s been a a busy month in Oldham – and we’re barely half way through. There have been my usual opportunities to get out and about across the constituency, as well as the important matter of the local elections at the start of the month.

Local elections 2018

Local elections:

I’m delighted to reflect on the local election results, which took place at the start of May, which has seen the re-election of councillors and new councillors 🌹

Thanks to voters in Oldham West and Royton all of the 11 seats available have been secured by Labour candidates.

Chadderton Central re-elected Colin McLaren and new councillor Elaine Taylor 👏

Chadderton North re-elected Barbara Brownridge 👏

Chadderton South elected Arooj Shah 👏

Coldhurst re-elected Abdul Malik 👏

Hollinwood re-elected Jean Stretton and new councillor Martin Judd 👏

Medlock Vale re-elected Yasmin Toor👏

Royton North re-elected Hannah Roberts👏

Royton South re-elected Marie Bashforth👏

Werneth re-elected Shoab Akhtar👏

Across the borough Labour gained two seats from former UKIP councillors (one turned independent), and the Tories collected two seats from the Lib Dem’s.

The make up of the council overall is now Lab 47, Con 4, Lib Dem 8, Ind 1

In many areas there has been a narrowing of the vote to the two ‘main parties’ following the collapse of UKIP who didn’t stand a single candidate.

As we celebrate the result we reflect on the issues raised by local people during the election and through thousands of individual conversations.

People are concerned about the future, particularly on jobs and how our borough will build on recent regeneration like the Old Town Hall to create a place people can be proud of.

The Greater Manchester Spatial Framework remains a concern for many communities across the constituency and we will continue to work for a plan which reflects what local people want for their area, and which balances the need for new homes and employment sites with the need to a decent and green environment too.

Rising crime and police visibility was also a big concern as well as affordable and reliable transport.

Street cleaning and flytipping was a issue raised consistently as was potholes; getting the basics right at a time of huge budget cuts from central government is a significant challenge for all councils.

I’ll be working with your Labour councillors to fight for more resources for our borough and to address the issues you raised during the campaign.

To our returning and new councillors a BIG congratulations. To our volunteers and election agents you have been amazing. 🌹

But of course the main thank you must go to the voters of Chadderton, Oldham and Royton for allowing us to continue our fight for a better borough.

 

Oldham Business Awards:

Oldham Business Awards

Excellent evening at the Oldham Business Awards earlier in May – seeing the very best of Oldham enterprise!

Kingfisher School @ Oldham Gallery:

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It was a privilege to join Kingfisher School at Gallery Oldham last week

With the support of the schools inspiring staff, young people have created beautiful paintings which are on display to the public.

I’d really recommend visiting the gallery before 7th July to see the artwork – and you can purchase one to take home too. The proceeds from the #coloursplash exhibition go to Team Kingfisher funds.

 

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