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Condition of local roads is a ‘real concern’ for many Saddleworth residents says MP after Saddleworth News investigation

A large pothole over 4 inches deep on Huddersfield Road in Diggle

Reporter: Stuart Littleford

Debbie Abrahams MP has said the state of the roads in Saddleworth is a “real concern” for many local residents after the issue was highlighted by Saddleworth News.

Saddleworth News investigated after being contacted by a number of local residents who expressed their concerns over an increasing number of potholes and ruts on roads in the area as well as the generally poor road […]

Saddleworth woman contributes to book of dementia life stories

Debbie and Joyce Brown at the book launch last Friday

Reporter: Stuart Littleford

A book that captures the life stories of Oldham residents with dementia, and their carers, was launched officially with an event at Oldham Library last Friday.

“Life Story Work with People with Dementia: Ordinary lives, Extraordinary people” explores the life story approach to helping to care for people with dementia and explains how it all began in Oldham.

The life story approach involves care staff working […]

Debbie: Draft Greater Manchester Spatial Framework proposals ‘need to be reworked’

Debbie Abrahams MP

Reporter: Stuart Littleford

Responding to the consultation on the draft Greater Manchester Spatial Framework (GMSF) Debbie Abrahams, MP for Oldham East and Saddleworth, has said she shares the concerns of many constituents and that she does not support the current proposals.

Speaking to Saddleworth News on the content of her response to the consultation, Debbie said: “As it stands, I don’t support the draft GMSF proposals and, in particular, I don’t support the proposals affecting […]

Bright Futures School in Grasscroft judged ‘good’ in recent Ofsted report

Debbie Abrahams MP with staff and children of Bright Futures School

Reporter: Stuart Littleford

Staff and pupils of Bright Futures School in Grasscroft held an open afternoon at the school on the last day of the Christmas term.

Pupils served refreshments and showed visitors around the school including Debbie Abrahams MP and the mayor of Oldham, councillor Derek Heffernan.

The School specialises in working with children with autism and has recently been given a GOOD judgement following an OFSTED […]

Debbie comments on ‘disarray’ at Pennine Acute Hospital NHS Trust

Debbie Abrahams MP

Reporter: Stuart Littleford

Debbie Abrahams, MP for Oldham East and Saddleworth, has told Saddleworth News she is concerned about shortcomings at the Pennine Acute Hospitals NHS Trust.

Debbie Said: “I’m very concerned to read the Care Quality Commission’s report which has highlighted some very worrying shortcomings at the Pennine Acute Hospitals NHS Trust.

“It’s notable that the staff themselves are providing a good standard of care and treating patients in a compassionate and sensitive way, but […]

Debbie tackles access and frequency of service issues at Greenfield station

Greenfield Station

Debbie Abrahams, MP for Oldham East and Saddleworth and Shadow Minister for Disabled People, has written to the Department for Transport (DfT) and Rail North (RN) demanding better access to Greenfield station for people with mobility issues and an increase in the frequency of the services to alleviate overcrowding.

Debbie said: “Although some service cuts were removed from the recently awarded franchise plans I remain concerned about lack of accessibility for commuters with mobility issues at Greenfield […]

Debbie Abrahams MP pays tribute to her friend Jo Cox MP

Local people leave floral tributes at Birstall yesterday for Jo Cox MP

Reporter: Stuart Littleford

Jo Cox MP

Debbie Abrahams MP has paid tribute to her friend Jo Cox MP, 41, who was shot and stabbed multiple times following a constituency meeting in Birstall, West Yorkshire.

A floral tribute from the Prime Minister yesterday

The member of parliament for Batley and Spen suffered serious injuries and was pronounced dead at 1.48pm on Thursday by a doctor along […]

Oldham’s three MP’s write joint article on 15th anniversary of Oldham Riots

We are proud of Oldham and all of our diverse communities. We are inspired by the prospect of a positive future but we are honest about the challenges our town faces too.

The town hit the national headlines for all the wrong reasons and while the images were shocking no one could honestly say it came as a total surprise.

Underlying tensions that had been simmering for over a decade conspired with a series of events that culminated in horrific […]

Debbie launches Parliamentary report warning people with dementia are receiving disjointed care

Debbie Abrahams MP, has launched a report warning that social care services habitually treat conditions in isolation

Co-chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Dementia, Oldham East and Saddleworth MP, Debbie Abrahams, has recently launched a report warning that social care services habitually treat conditions in isolation resulting in significant human and financial implications.

The APPG on Dementia is calling on Government and health and social care watchdogs to urgently join up care for people with dementia […]

Debbie supports Alzheimer’s Society’s Fix Dementia Care campaign

Debbie Abrahams, MP for Oldham East and Saddleworth, is has thrown her support behind Alzheimer’s Society’s new campaign Fix Dementia Care which calls for improvements in hospital care for people living with dementia.

Debbie Abrahams MP – supporting the Fix Dementia Care campaign

An Alzheimer’s Society investigation has found too many people with dementia are falling while in hospital, being discharged at night or being marooned in hospital despite their medical treatment having finished. Freedom of Information requests (FOIs) […]

Saddleworth business owners organise urgent meeting as spate of local burglaries are highlighted in Westminster

Reporter: Stuart Littleford

Burglary – Jo Ferns Salon in Lydgate

Saddleworth business owners have organised an urgent meeting to discuss their concerns over an alarming increase in burglaries and other crimes in the area.

The meeting will be held at The White Hart in Lydgate next Monday and will be attended by local councillors, police and members of the local business community.

Jo Fern, owner of Jo Ferns Salon in Lydgate Village, decided to organise the meeting after her […]

Veteran Labour MP Michael Meacher dies aged 75

Michael Meacher MP

Reporter: Stuart Littleford

Veteran Labour MP Michael Meacher has died, aged 75, after a short illness.

Mr Meacher was the MP for Oldham for 45 years and served for many years on the frontbench.

Colleagues have praised him as a “kind, courteous colleague” and a “great Labour man.”

His death will mean the first by-election of the new Parliament in his Oldham West and Royton seat which he held at May’s general election with a 14,738 […]

Debbie appointed to shadow ministerial role

Debbie Abrahams MP – appointed to shadow ministerial role

Debbie Abrahams MP for Oldham East and Saddleworth, has been appointed Shadow Minister for Disabled People in the Work and Pensions shadow ministerial team.

Debbie, who has been a member of the Work and Pensions Select Committee since June 2011, is known for holding the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) to account with her robust questioning of Iain Duncan Smith and his fellow ministers in the Commons and at […]

Debbie Abrahams MP tells Dobcross residents: ‘We are listening to you’

Debbie Abrahams MP speaking to the residents

Reporter: Stuart Littleford

Debbie Abrahams MP has reassured Dobcross residents that they will be listened to at a special meeting in the village earlier this week.

The meeting was held at Dobcross Band and Social Club on Tuesday night by Dobcross Village Community (DVC) Executive Committee, to discuss road safety issues in the village after the recent approval to build the new Saddleworth School in Diggle. Although the meeting wasn’t held for […]