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Ruby Anstee – Editor
Stuart Littleford – Reporter
Allan Roach – Reporter
George Wilson – Reporter and IT

Past Articles

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 […]

Ten Candidates To Fight By-Election

Baroness Warsi and Kashif Ali campaigning in Uppermill today.

Ten candidates are standing in the Oldham East and Saddleworth by-election. The list was revealed by election officials after nominations closed this afternoon.

Among the notable absentees is BNP leader Nick Griffin. He had indicated he was considering putting his name forward, but instead the party will be represented by Derek Adams.

Left-wing party Respect isn’t fielding a candidate at all, despite suggesting it would after its best-known figure George […]

Candidate Interview: Loz Kaye (Pirate Party UK)

Pirate Party UK leader Loz Kaye pictured in Dobcross yesterday.

The Pirate Party UK’s candidate in the Oldham East and Saddleworth by-election has said improving access to the internet in rural areas like ours is a main theme of his campaign.

Party leader Loz Kaye is standing in the election himself. In an interview with Saddleworth News, he called for a cut of 0.5% in the IT budgets of the four biggest government departments, to fund a comprehensive fast […]

Nominations Open For Saddleworth By-Election

Cllr Phil Renold and Elwyn Watkins at Oldham Council's offices today. (picture: Liberal Democrats)

Nominations have opened for the Oldham East and Saddleworth by-election. Candidates have until 4pm this Thursday to complete the necessary paperwork to allow them to stand.

The Liberal Democrats carried out the formalities this morning. Candidate Elwyn Watkins was joined by his election agent, Dobcross-based parish councillor Phil Renold, to hand in the required forms.

We’re expecting at least seven other candidates to enter the […]

Lib Dems Put Focus On Local Post Offices

Ed Davey and Elwyn Watkins in Lees Post Office today, with Sub-postmaster Asam Rashid and local councillor Val Sedgwick.

Business Minister Ed Davey was in Lees this morning, as the Liberal Democrats made Post Offices the focus of today’s campaigning in the Oldham East and Saddleworth by-election. Meanwhile, another new candidate entered the contest, in the form of Pirate Party UK leader Loz Kaye.

Mr Davey is the minister responsible for Post Offices, and, accompanied by Lib Dem candidate […]