Conservative regional mayoral candidate enjoys whistle-stop tour of Saddleworth
Date published: 26 June 2020
Laura Evans - who will be challenging Andy Burnham for his title as Mayor of Greater Manchester - is pictured in Saddleworth with parish councilllors Max Woodvine Luke Lancaster and Graham Sheldon
Laura Evans, the Conservative's candidate in the forthcoming Greater Manchester Mayoral vote - spent the day in Saddleworth earlier this week, accompanied by her husband Nathan.
Mrs Evans - who will be challenging Andy Burnham for his title as Mayor of Greater Manchester - was invited to the area by local Parish Councilllor Max Woodvine, and together with fellow councillors Luke Lancaster and Graham Sheldon, they gave their guests a tour of Saddleworth villages.
Cllr Woodvine said: “In a whistle-stop tour we showcased to Laura everything that is great and good about Saddleworth.
"We highlighted its rich heritage and culture, its beautiful landscapes and picturesque villages but, much more importantly, its people.”
After Mr and Mrs Evans passed County End, they started the day at Stonebreaks - site of a planning application for 200 executive houses on protected land - before going on to overlook Fletcher’s Paper Mill and Dovestone from Holmfirth Road, Greenfield.
While finishing the day with a walk along Uppermill High Street, Mrs Evans chatted with local small business owners and market traders.
At the end of her visit Mrs Evans said: “It has been a great pleasure to visit Saddleworth and experience for myself the love, commitment and dedication local Conservatives show to the villages they represent.
"Saddleworth is not only the jewel in Oldham’s crown, but also that of Greater Manchester.
"Whichever county boundary local people identify with Saddleworth remains a truly special place, so we should celebrate all that is good about it, and that’s a lot!”
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