Shock and anger over Shop Direct closure

NEWS THAT Shop Direct will close three centres has been met with shock and anger by local people.

It was clear that plans to open a new automated centre in the East Midlands would have been in development for some time but official confirmation only came to MPs and as I understand the local authority, after the story had already been covered by the press earlier today.

Image may contain: sky and outdoor

Continue reading “Shock and anger over Shop Direct closure”


Local government elections launch

THE LABOUR group in Oldham never wait for an election before we start campaigning. Canvassing, door knocking, leafleting is something we enjoy and is our duty to do all year round.

Labour local government launch

To achieve success or to ensure that what Labour is doing locally is of benefit to our residents, it is important that communication is ongoing.

Along with Jean Stretton, Leader of Oldham Council, my colleague Debbie Abrahams, Member of Parliament for Oldham East and Saddleworth we officially launched our campaign for the local elections, due to take place on the 3rd of May 2018.

We reflected on the contributions our colleagues who had recently passed had made to Oldham, and reiterated that we bring hope for people at a time when national policy is having a huge impact on the lives of so many.

The room was filled with Councillors, candidates and members of the Labour party. After hearing from myself, Jean and Debbie we visited neighbourhoods letting our residents know the difference Labour can make to their lives locally and what we could achieve nationally.


DON’T FORGET TO REGISTER TO VOTE IN LOCAL GOVERNMENT ELECTIONS – you have until 17th April to register to vote. You can do this online at:

The attack at Freehold Metrolink station is shocking in how brutal it was but sadly it was not surprising.

POLICE WERE called to Freehold station on Thursday 8th March following reports of a man in his 50s being brutally attacked by a gang of men. 

Last year a man was struck by a rock which was thrown through the tram window at the same location.

I, along with local residents and councillors, have been raising complaints about anti-social behaviour on the track for years. We have specifically highlighted this station as a hot spot where young people gather creating a threatening environment for passengers going to and from the tram station.

This slideshow requires JavaScript.

Continue reading “The attack at Freehold Metrolink station is shocking in how brutal it was but sadly it was not surprising.”

The Government must help realise a new vision for Greater Manchester’s transport system

YESTERDAY I led an Adjournment Debate in Parliament calling for a renewed vision for Greater Manchester’s public transport system. I called on the Government to support the work of Transport for Greater Manchester, local councils and the Mayor Andy Burnham by giving the city region the resource to, in particular, extend the current Metrolink system.

Ad metrolink

Continue reading “The Government must help realise a new vision for Greater Manchester’s transport system”