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Labour increase council stranglehold

Reporter: Richard Hooton, Lucy Kenderdine and Iram Ramzan
Date online: 26 May 2014

COUNCIL leader Jim McMahon was “delighted” with Labour’s results from the local elections - despite tense moments and shock results.

His party retained 12 seats, gained another two from the Liberal Democrats in St James and Waterhead as well as the seat left vacant in St James, but lost one seat to UKIP. taking the Labour total to 45 out of 60 seats.

Councillor McMahon said: “Overall it is a great result for Labour. UKIP have come from almost nowhere but are close in some wards and all parties need to think about what that means.

“Locally, we need to be a party that addresses housing, jobs and education for all and concentrate on the regeneration of Oldham, which is already underway.”

Councillor McMahon said he was proud of the Labour, Lib-Dem and Conservative parties for running a “clean” campaign.

“We agreed a long time ago to not get dragged into gutter politics, something that UKIP have clearly not subscribed to,” he said. “But they will be held accountable for what they have said and done during the campaign.”



RETURNING to the council after a five-year absence is Labour’s Riaz Ahmad, a former councillor and Mayor of Oldham, who will represent the Waterhead ward.

Councillor Ahmad originally stepped down from the council after spending 16 years representing the people of Oldham when his job as the Chair of Oldham Primary Care Trust began taking up too much of his time.

With that role now at an end, he is rejoining the council.

Comments

Oh what joy! To more politely paraphrase that old saying "They all relieve themselves in the same vessel".

Its surprising how people forget what a mess Labour left this country in , I assume its people who are out only for themselves and with no loyalty to Great Britain who vote for Labour and dont mind seeing the country plummeted back into the deep pit it was in before.God help this country if they ever return to power in government (or that should be misgovernment)

Why use the word 'stranglehold' in the headline? That suggests that Labour is killing Oldham. On the contrary, Labour is breathing new life into our town. They have brought massive investments in housing, schools, street-lighting, highways improvements, Metrolink, retail outlets, a new cinema and job creation. I am at a loss as to how the two UKIP people are going to improve on that.

Oh dear dam, how deluded are you? Metrolink isn't about Oldham. It's not private money, but public which costs us all more in taxes. Where's the housing that's not public funded? What retail outlets? Where's the cinema, and who is paying for it?

Not a bean of private investment has come to Oldham. No jobs, no new shops.

Schools? No one wanted the public funded Waterhead academy. No one wants public funded Diggle.

Net achievements of Labour in Oldham? Absolute zero.

Oh dear John Price, a classic example of someone who can't distinguish between local and national politics and who is burying their head in the sand as the current Coalition borrows more money than Labour ever did, causes bigger problems across welfare, fails to meet immigration targets, begins privatisation of NHS etc etc etc

Waterhead, represented by two people who don't live anywhere near waterhead.

Is the area really so bereft of people to represent them?

Dam.. what they have done is borrow a lot of money to fund these pay for them projects , as they always do and our children will pay for them

people do get fooled by the councils propaganda!

housing - private businesses but public funds?
schools - half hearted effort on one school.
street lighting - publicly funded but privately owned and poorly installed.
highways improvement - most are just cheap tar and chippings covering up the defects to reappear soon.
Metrolink - Lib dems legacy!
retail outlets - Where?
new cinema - 8 screens, oops! 7 screens! sorry! now 6 screens currently with no parking.
job creation - where?

people do get fooled by the councils propaganda!

housing - private businesses but public funds?
schools - half hearted effort on one school.
street lighting - publicly funded but privately owned and poorly installed.
highways improvement - most are just cheap tar and chippings covering up the defects to reappear soon.
Metrolink - Lib dems legacy!
retail outlets - Where?
new cinema - 8 screens, oops! 7 screens! sorry! now 6 screens currently with no parking.
job creation - where?

 

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