Oldham Chronicle Archive

MY OFFICE has received a number of emails from former employees and residents following the announcement that the Oldham Chronicle has been placed into administration.

Much concern remains about the retention of the rich archive of photos and records covering much of the period since it was established 163 years ago.

With over 1 million images held on plates, negatives, photographs and digital images it represents a significant collection of Oldham history which must be preserved.


I have been in touch with KPMG administrators to express my concern and have asked that they work to ensure that the collection can be retained in Oldham. Continue reading “Oldham Chronicle Archive”


Freehold Metrolink station safety

SECURITY concerns at the Freehold Metrolink station have been an issue since the opening of the new Oldham line in 2012.

Youths gather late into the evening both from the local community and much further afield as they use the tram network to ‘station hop’ without paying the fare.

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There is more at stake than a headline

NEWS that the Oldham Evening Chronicle has gone into administration will hit Oldham hard. More than a newspaper it is part of our heritage, our community and has worked hard to help build a future for us too.


Observers of the media will have seen the demise of the printed press and with it the cracks in the foundations of our democracy. Freedom of speech is important and it’s aided significantly by quality journalism based on research, facts and balance. Continue reading “There is more at stake than a headline”

Brexit smooth landing

THE UK is rudderless as the weakened Tory government continue without a plan, a negotiating position or perhaps even more importantly a vision of what Britain can be after we leave the EU.

Labour’s position on Brexit during the referendum was clear. We believed our country’s interests were best served as a full member of the European Union. Like the vast majority of Labour MPs I campaigned to Remain and believe still that it was the right stance to take.

Following the referendum result I, together with the vast majority of Labour MPs voted to Trigger Article 50.  Labour has also been consistent in both respecting the result of the referendum and in ensuring that rather than Brexit being used to cause further division; we speak for everyone in country in fighting for the best deal when leaving. Continue reading “Brexit smooth landing”

Response to Oldham Local Plan consultation

OLDHAM Council has begun to develop its Local Plan by launching the first stage consultation which ended on 21st August 2017.

The first stage consultation is intended to gather views on what the Local Plan should consider. At this stage it does not consider sites and the assumptions for employment and housing have not been published.

It is unavoidable not to conclude that the development of the Greater Manchester Spatial Framework (GMSF) has led to mistrust and anxiety about the future direction of development in Oldham. While the Local Plan may be developed outside of this process there will be an interrelationship, and should the wider plan not be developed in a single exercise the ten Local Plans could potentially form the GMSF.

Above: View towards Oldham

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