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Stuart Littleford – Reporter
Allan Roach – Reporter
George Wilson – Reporter and IT
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Past Articles

MPs Debbie Abrahams and Jonathan Reynolds visit homelessness charity Emmaus Mossley

Reporter : Allan Roach

Two Greater Manchester MPs have shown their support for homelessness charity Emmaus Mossley as they work to overcome the challenges presented by the government’s welfare reforms.

On Friday 27 October, Debbie Abrahams, MP for Oldham East and Saddleworth, and Jonathan Reynolds, MP for Stalybridge and Hyde, had a tour of the Emmaus Mossley social enterprise, meeting with beneficiaries and staff to discuss homelessness and welfare reform.

Emmaus companion, Kris Wookey, took the MPs on a tour […]

Debbie Abrahams MP pledges to ‘start a conversation’ to tackle loneliness across Oldham and Saddleworth

Reporter: Stuart Littleford

Debbie Abrahams, MP for Oldham East and Saddleworth, is backing the Jo Cox Commission on Loneliness by signing their online pledge to ‘start a conversation’ at www.jocoxloneliness.org/pledge

Debbie told Saddleworth News: “I met with the Jo Cox Commission on Loneliness and made a pledge to tackle the issue across Oldham and Saddleworth by starting a conversation with someone.

“Loneliness is something I often see when I’m going door to door, meeting local people across Oldham and […]

Andy Burnham in Lees to back Debbie

Debbie Abrahams with Andy Burnham (right)

Reporter: Stuart Littleford

Debbie Abrahams, Labour’s candidate for Oldham East & Saddleworth, who is seeking re-election in Thursday’s election, was joined on the campaign trail in Lees by recently elected Mayor of Greater Manchester, Andy Burnham.

Andy said: “I want to thank the people of Oldham for giving me their support to become the first elected Mayor of Greater Manchester. But, to get the best possible deal for you, I need strong […]

Debbie meets with Saddleworth Carers Group in Uppermill

Debbie meets with Saddleworth Carers Group at the Sacred Heart church in Uppermill – photo Saddleworth News

Reporter: Stuart Littleford

Debbie Abrahams, Labour’s parliamentary candidate for Oldham East and Saddleworth, has met with the Saddleworth Carers Group at the Sacred Heart church in Uppermill, to discuss the work she has been doing to develop a Dementia Friendly Oldham and a Dementia Friendly Parliament – they also discussed the social care crisis.

Debbie said: “There are now over […]

Debbie demands government action on fly-tipping

Fly-tipping in Dobcross highlighted by Saddleworth News recently

Story sponsored by Wainwright Stump Removal: www.wainwrightstumpremoval.co.uk

Reporter: Stuart Littleford

Debbie Abrahams, MP for Oldham East and Saddleworth and Shadow Work and Pensions Secretary, has written to the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, Rt Hon Andrea Leadsom MP, demanding that the Government do more to tackle the growing scourge of fly-tipping.

Saddleworth News has highlighted the issue of fly-tipping a number of times in the last […]

Debbie supports Parkinson’s UK campaign to revolutionise research

Debbie has pledged her support to the charity Parkinson’s UK’s ‘We Won’t Wait’ campaign

Reporter: Stuart Littleford

During Parkinson’s Awareness Week which ran from 10 to 16 April – Debbie Abrahams, MP for Oldham East and Saddleworth and Shadow Work and Pensions Secretary, pledged her support to the charity Parkinson’s UK’s ‘We Won’t Wait’ campaign which is calling for urgent action to unlock the promise of research developments that could pave the way to better treatments and stop Parkinson’s […]

Debbie’s campaign inspires Labour to ‘declare war’ on late payment to small businesses

Debbie Abrahams MP

Reporter: Allan Roach

Following the lead set by Debbie Abrahams, MP for Oldham East and Saddleworth and Shadow Work and Pensions Secretary, in her Be Fair – Pay on Time campaign, Jeremy Corbyn has announced that a Labour Government would ‘declare war on late payment’ to small businesses as part of its strategy for growth, jobs and an economy that works for all.

Speaking at an event organised by the Federation of Small Businesses […]

Minister’s response over disgraced Saddleworth councillor is ‘shoddy, lacklustre and inadequate’

Debbie Abrahams MP

Debbie Abrahams, MP for Oldham East and Saddleworth, has blasted a government minister for the length of time taken to respond to two letters and an email asking for updates on what action has been taken to identify ways to oust disgraced Saddleworth parish councillor, Mike Buckley, from his seat.

Debbie said: “At the meeting I convened between the parish councillors and Local Government Minister, Marcus Jones, in May last year, the minister stated his intention […]

Debbie slams Trump’s ‘hateful’ ban on Muslims

Debbie Abrahams MP

Debbie Abrahams, MP for Oldham East and Saddleworth and Shadow Work and Pensions Secretary, has slammed Donald Trump’s ban on Muslims and refugees entering America describing it as ‘hateful’.

Debbie, together with other members of Labour’s shadow cabinet, has publicly lambasted the American president’s ban on immigration from seven, mainly muslim, countries saying: “Donald Trump’s executive order to ban Muslims and refugees is nothing short of hateful.

“In the same week as we mark the Holocaust, […]

Debbie backs ‘school cuts’ campaign

Debbie Abrahams MP

Debbie Abrahams, MP for Oldham East and Saddleworth, has thrown her weight behind a campaign to challenge the Government’s plan to cut schools’ funding by £3bn in real terms by 2020.

The campaign – at www.schoolcuts.org.uk – has been started by the National Union of Teachers and the Association of Teachers and Lecturers who estimate that under the Government’s new funding formula 98% of schools could lose out leading to increased class sizes, loss of school […]

Saddleworth Civic Trust seek Andy Burnham’s support for their campaign against the Manchester Strategic Framework

Andy Burnham mayoral candidate for Greater Manchester

Reporter: Stuart Littleford

Saddleworth Civic Trust have ramped up their campaign this week against the proposed Greater Manchester Strategic Framework by writing to Andy Burnham, mayoral candidate for Greater Manchester.

Burnham has condemned the sacrifice of Green Belt land for more housing development and criticised the plan for its “low aspirations” in terms of creating well paid quality jobs. In their letter they have expressed support for his criticisms of the draft […]

MPs won’t allow violence against women to be ‘swept under the carpet’

Left to right – Sarah Champion MP, Sally Bonnie, Director and Founder of Inspire Women Oldham, Debbie Abrahams MP, Councillor Yasmin Toor, Ikram Butt, former rugby league player and ambassador for the White Ribbon campaign to end violence against women

Reporter: Stuart Littleford

Debbie Abrahams, MP for Oldham East and Saddleworth invited Shadow Secretary of State for Women and Equalities, Sarah Champion, to Oldham to find out about the work being done by multi-agency groups to break the cycle […]

Debbie: Greenfield to Huddersfield rail fare rises are ‘unacceptably high’

Debbie and supporters at Labour’s #RailFail protest at Greenfield station last week

Debbie Abrahams, MP for Oldham East and Saddleworth, has recently been campaigning for a better deal for her constituents who use Greenfield station where the average cost of a season ticket from Greenfield to Huddersfield has risen by £320, over 24%, since 2010.

Debbie met with commuters at Greenfield railway station last week to discuss their concerns and to explain what she is trying to do […]

Saddleworth man’s social security sanction ‘felt like a death sentence’

Debbie Abrahams MP

Reporter: Stuart Littleford

A disabled man from Saddleworth has described the effect of having his social security payments stopped by the DWP for five months as being ‘like a death sentence’.

John Ruane, from Lees, has been diagnosed as having a benign brain tumour causing him to have several epileptic seizures each week and making it impossible for him to work.

The DWP alleged that John missed an appointment for a work capability assessment and stopped […]