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Only two weeks left to register to vote

Andy Burnham (Lab)

Jane Brophy (Lib Dem)

Sean Anstee (Ind)

One month to go until election for first Greater Manchester Mayor

Today (Tuesday 4 April 2017) marks one month to go until the election to choose the first ever – but there is now less than a fortnight left to make sure […]

Garth Harkness Wins Saddleworth North

Results for Saddleworth North

Cllr Garth Harkness (Photo:©Stuart Coleman)

Curley Sean Raymond (Conservative) 479

Harkness Garth (Lib Dem) 995

Hunter-Rossall Catherine (Green) 81

Knotts Rob (Independent) 444

Leach Valerie (Labour) 552

Moore Harry (UKIP) 424

Special Meeting To Elect New Council Leader

Councillor Jean Stretton

Oldham Council is to hold a special meeting of Full Council to consider the appointment of the next Council Leader.

Jim McMahon officially stepped down from the post on January 15 , having held it since May 2011. The Labour Group has since selected Councillor Jean Stretton, as their new leader.


The Parish Centre, Uppermill: Election Forum

Election Forum on the 19th April 2015 at the Parish Centre, Lee street, Uppermill , 2.30 – 4.30 pm.

The candidates from 5 parties have been invited to an election forum at The Parish Centre, Lee St., Uppermill to answer written questions from the public. E-mail questions to alison@brittle.org.uk subject: election, phone 01457 876076, or […]

Candidates for Elections – Thursday, May 7

Nominations for candidates in next month’s elections are now closed.

The nominees are as follows:

Election of a Member of Parliament for Oldham East and Saddleworth Constituency

Debbie Abrahams Labour

Sajjad Hussain Conservative

Peter Klonowski UKIP

Richard Marbrow Liberal Democrats

Miranda Meadowcroft Green Party

Oldham Council Ward Seats








The fight will continue say Saddleworth residents

Public demonstrating outside the council meeting (Stuart Coleman©2015)

At Oldham’s full council meeting, on Monday 5th February 2015, Cllr Amanda Chadderton, Oldham’s Council’s Cabinet Member for Education, and all but three councillors voted to reject a petition from 3000 Saddleworth residents asking for the new secondary school to be built in Uppermill. It is […]

Diggle residents say NO to OMBC in big way

Keith Lucas with local Saddleworth residents (Photo: Stuart Coleman © 2014)

Diggle residents today made their feelings clear about the proposed building of a new secondary school in Diggle by erecting a huge banner supporting the idea of keeping the school in Uppermill.

The sign reads:

“Save Saddleworth’s Greenbelt SAY NO to OMBC It’s […]

An Interview with newly elected Nikki Kirkham

Independent Councillor Nikki Kirkham (Photo: Stuart Coleman©2014)

Recently elected Independent Councillor Nikki Kirkham talks to Stuart Coleman about her impressive victory at the local elections and her fight to keep Saddleworth School in Uppermill.

Stuart: Hi Nikki how do you feel?

Nikki: Brilliant, absolutely ecstatic, so happy.

Stuart: Did you […]

Oldham Council: Local Elections – Thursday, May 22nd

Oldham Council is reminding residents that local elections are taking place on Thursday, May 22. Polling stations are open from 7am to 10pm that day and registered voters should have received cards explaining where to go to vote.

A total of 21 seats are up for election: one third of Oldham Council’s 60 seats (one […]

Letter to the Editor: Who do the Parish Councillors represent, a political party or the electorate?

Party Politics Risk Undermining Saddleworth Parish Council

During its current term of office Saddleworth Parish Councillors have developed a good team working relationship and have produced commendable achievements; these include re-addressing the way the Parish Council does its work, £45,000 net rates rebate, annual rates bill reduced by £14,000, annual insurance bill reduced by £1,500, […]