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Past Articles

Green Fair In Marsden On Saturday

The Colne Valley Green Fair takes place at the Mechanics Institute in Marsden this Saturday, between 11am and 3pm. Organised by the Colne Valley Green Party, the event features fair trade, plant, craft and refreshment stalls, as well as information and advice on alternative health and environmental issues.

There’ll also be a screening of Future Passiv, which is a film about a low energy house in Denby Dale.

This is the seventh year of […]

Mixed Results In Saddleworth As Labour Wins In Oldham

The next leader of Oldham Council, Labour's Jim McMahon, pictured at the count at the Queen Elizabeth Hall last night.

The three Saddleworth wards on Oldham Council were won by three different parties, as Labour regained overall control of the borough for the first time since 2008.

The biggest shock of the night was in Saddleworth West and Lees, where Labour’s Adrian Alexander unseated Lib Dem Cabinet member Brian Lord.

The Lib Dems also lost Saddleworth South to Conservative […]

Local And Parish Elections 2011: Saddleworth Results

Here are the full results for the Saddleworth Parish Council election, and for the Saddleworth wards in the Oldham Council election, held on 5 May 2011:


Saddleworth North (Delph, Denshaw, Diggle, Dobcross, Scouthead and Austerlands)

Derek Heffernan (Liberal Democrat) 1,100

Ken Hulme (Independent) 1,087

Phil Sewell (Conservative) 711

Sean Fielding (Labour) 650

Majority: 17

Turnout: 46.95%

Saddleworth South (Uppermill, Greenfield, Grasscroft, Friezland and Lydgate)

Graham Sheldon (Conservative) 1,590

Phil Renold (Liberal Democrat) 1,094

Dilys Fletcher (Labour) 695

Dominic […]

Oldham Council Election Results: Live

Here’s the Saddleworth News liveblog of the borough council count in Oldham, as it happened!

5:35am: That’s it for tonight! I’ll be back at 10am for the Saddleworth Parish Council count.

The jubilant Labour team celebrate taking control of Oldham Council.

I’ll write some news articles, featuring results, pictures and interviews, after it’s all over!

5:30am: In Saddleworth, the three main parties took a councillor each. Lib Dem Derek Heffernan clung on in Saddleworth North by 17 votes, Conservative […]

Local And Parish Elections 2011: Saddleworth Decides

A polling station in Dobcross on by-election day in January.

Voting takes place on Thursday in the elections to both Oldham Council and Saddleworth Parish Council, as well as in the referendum on the AV voting system.

A total of 45 candidates are standing for either the borough, the parish, or both. You can click on their names below for more information about them. Hopefully these articles will help you make up your mind if you haven’t already!

I’ve […]

Council Candidate Interview: Dominic Wall (Green, Saddleworth South)

Green candidate for Saddleworth South, Dominic Wall, pictured outside my house in Dobcross yesterday.

The Green candidate for the Saddleworth South ward on Oldham Council has said a vote for him in Thursday’s election would be a vote for “fairness.” Dominic Wall also used an interview with Saddleworth News to describe the way the council consulted with the public over Churchill Fields as “a fiasco.”

Mr Wall explained why he has chosen […]

Candidates Revealed For May’s Elections

A polling station in Dobcross on by-election day in January.

The nominations have closed for next month’s elections to Oldham Council and Saddleworth Parish Council.

A total of 11 candidates will contest the three Saddleworth wards on the borough council. There are 40 hopefuls for the 20 parish seats.

All three borough seats will be defended by the Liberal Democrats. Derek Heffernan is standing again in Saddleworth North, and he’s likely to face a strong challenge from Independent Ken […]

Council Coalition Gets Budget Through

Cllr Len Quinn: voted with Labour

The Liberal Democrat/Conservative administration which runs Oldham Council had its budget for the coming financial year passed tonight, but only just. Deputy leader of the Tory group, Cllr Len Quinn, quit the party to vote with Labour, as the coalition’s majority was cut to just two.

Cllr Quinn, who represents Chadderton North and was once in the Labour Party, said he would now be sitting as an independent member of the council.

Up […]

Councillors To Decide On Budget

Councillors will vote tonight on Oldham’s budget for the coming financial year. The authority is having to make savings worth £41m, because of cuts in the funding it gets from the government.

The Liberal Democrat/Conservative coalition which runs the council has warned that as many as 800 jobs could be lost under its proposals, largely in the labour-intensive areas of social care for adults and children. However, it has stressed that no libraries or leisure centres would close under its […]

Plan To Get Rid Of 20 Councillors

Cllr Howard Sykes

The number of borough councillors in Oldham could be cut from 60 to 40, as part of the authority’s efforts to save money.

The idea could save a total of £280,000 each year in allowances for councillors, as well as taking £75,000 off the cost of running elections.

Under the proposals being put forward by the Liberal Democrat/Conservative administration, every ward in the borough would have two councillors instead of three, although each would still be […]

Debbie Abrahams Wins By-Election

A smiling Debbie Abrahams arrives at the count, accompanied by Shadow Education Secretary Andy Burnham.

Labour’s Debbie Abrahams is the new MP for Oldham East and Saddleworth. She won the by-election with a comfortable majority of 3,558 over the Liberal Democrat candidate Elwyn Watkins. The Conservative Kashif Ali was well beaten in third.

Although Labour had been strong favourites to win the poll, the margin of victory was notably more than had been expected. Also better than predicted was […]

The By-Election Result: Live

Here’s the Saddleworth News election night liveblog, as it happened!

2:40am: I’m off home now to write up a story with the reaction of the candidates and the story of the night. I’ve also just recorded an interview for Radio Five Live’s Morning Reports, so listen out for that after 5am too. Thank you to everyone who has read this liveblog, and thanks in particular for your comments and tweets, it’s been a lot of fun!

2:35am: Interviewed both the […]

Delph Hosts Feisty By-Election Debate

(left to right) Green candidate Peter Allen, Debbie Abrahams of Labour, debate moderator Bob Rodgers, Conservative Kashif Ali, Elwyn Watkins of the Liberal Democrats, and UKIP candidate Paul Nuttall at today's hustings in Delph.

Five of the candidates in Thursday’s Oldham East and Saddleworth by-election took part in a well-attended hustings meeting in Delph this afternoon. At times, the debate was the most intense we’ve seen in the campaign so far.

Candidate Interview: Peter Allen (Green)

Green Party candidate Peter Allen, pictured on Uppermill High Street yesterday.

Green candidate Peter Allen has described his party as “the voice of hope” in the Oldham East and Saddleworth by-election.

Mr Allen also used an interview with Saddleworth News to say he believed the government was wrong to cut public sector jobs, and called for higher taxes on the wealthy and tougher measures on tax evasion to help reduce the deficit instead.

He explained: “We’re against all cuts […]