The Leader of the Opposition and of the Liberal Democrat Group on Oldham Council, Councillor Howard Sykes MBE, has today announced the appointment of his Shadow Cabinet Team and membership of outside bodies and committees for 2018/19.
Councillor Howard Sykes said: “I am looking forward to once more leading the opposition team on Oldham Council. The Council will have a new Labour Leader and a reshuffled administration.”
“Voters can rest assured that the Oldham Liberal Democrats will remain constant in opposing waste and inefficiency and in always speaking up for fair treatment for our citizens and for value-for-money and common sense,” he added. “As ever, the Liberal Democrats remain the only party holding Labour to account on Oldham Council, and we shall continue to take that responsibility seriously.”
Shadow Cabinet Members:
|Name of Councillor||Portfolio|
|Howard Sykes MBE||Economy and Enterprise (Opposition Leader)|
|Hazel Gloster||Education and Culture|
|Julia Turner||Children’s Services|
|Garth Harkness||Employment and Skills|
|Derek Heffernan||Health and Social Care|
|Dave Murphy||Neighbourhood Services|
|Diane Williamson||Policing and Community Safety|
|Chris Gloster||Finance and Corporate Resources (Opposition Deputy Leader)|
Official Spokespersons / Lead Members on Boards and Committees:
|Name of Councillor||Board / Committee|
|Howard Sykes MBE||Transport for Greater Manchester Committee|
|Chris Gloster||Audit Committee|
|Diane Williamson||Overview and Scrutiny Board|
|Garth Harkness||Performance and Value for Money Committee|
|Hazel Gloster||Planning Committee|
|Chris Gloster||Licensing Committee|
|Diane Williamson||Standards Committee|
|Howard Sykes MBE||Health and Well-being Board|
|Dave Murphy||Petitions and Traffic Regulation Orders|
|Howard Sykes MBE||Commons Registration|
|Howard Sykes MBE||Selection|
|Hazel Gloster||GM Scrutiny Pool|
|Name of Councillor||District Executive|
|Diane Williamson||Chair, Shaw and Crompton|
|Garth Harkness||Official Spokesperson, Saddleworth and Lees|
At a Group meeting held on 9 May, the Oldham Borough Liberal Democrat Group appointed, unanimously and un-opposed, Councillor Howard Sykes MBE as their Leader and Councillor Chris Gloster as their Deputy Leader. The Group also elected its other officers for the year.
Councillor Howard Sykes said: “I am grateful to my colleagues for their unanimous support once more for my work as Group Leader. Sadly the former Deputy Leader John McCann lost his seat in last week’s local elections and I shall miss his expertise and enthusiasm, but I am looking forward to working with our new Deputy Leader, Chris Gloster.”
“I am also pleased to welcome my new ward colleague, Councillor Hazel Gloster, to the group, and to welcome back Councillor Dave Murphy. They both have proven records of working for the people of Crompton and Shaw and I know that they will make a real difference. The Liberal Democrats remain the only real opposition party holding Labour to account on Oldham Council.”
“The voters who backed us can reassured that, under my leadership, we will continue as a Group to speak out and to work as a united team. We will offer common-sense solutions to the Borough’s problems and challenge the Labour Administration to cut waste and provide the value-for-money services that the public wants.”
“As the Liberal Democrat Opposition, we shall also oppose further central government cuts to Council finances and fight plans by the Greater Manchester Mayor and Labour leaders to build thousands of houses on our irreplaceable Green Belt. And green spaces.”
The Liberal Democrat Group: Leader – Howard Sykes; Deputy Leader – Chris Gloster; Group Chair – Dave Murphy; Political Secretary – Garth Harkness; Treasurer – Hazel Gloster; Group Secretary – Diane Williamson.
Many thanks to those who supported us in the elections on May 3.
Result: LIB DEM Hold
|Name of Candidate||Party||Number of votes|
|The Conservative Party Candidate||427|
|The Liberal Party Candidate||217|
|Labour and Co-operative Party||672|
Result: LIB DEM Hold
|Name of Candidate||Party||Number of votes|
|The Conservative Party Candidate||541|
Council finance has been hammered by Conservative Government cuts. Some local services are now in real danger of collapse. The eight Liberal Democrat Councillors have spoken out against the cuts; the Conservatives and UKIP stayed silent.
We are the only opposition to Labour’s 44 councillors (out of 60), challenging decisions that hurt our Borough’s residents, and proposing practical solutions instead. UKIP and the Conservatives say nothing, do nothing and often vote with Labour.
We want Oldham Council to get the basics right – clean streets; potholes filled; and an end to fly-tipping and crime.
We declared ‘war’ on Civic Centre waste to free up over £650,000 for highways improvements, youth services, tackling fly tipping, and public safety measures to help make our streets cleaner and safer. Labour voted against our proposals, UKIP and the Conservatives did not even bother to turn up to the meeting!
The Liberal Democrats put people and communities first. Voting Liberal Democrat means opposing Labour’s land grab of our irreplaceable green belt, supporting sound finance and reliable public services, and electing councillors who will deliver the services you expect whilst squeezing much better value from your Council Tax.
It also means you will elect a local councillor who will always be on your side!
Polls are open 7:00am – 10:00pm on Thursday 3 May – you DO NOT need your poll card in order to vote.
Some of our services are now in real danger of collapse. The eight Liberal Democrat Councillors have spoken out against the cuts; the Conservatives and UKIP continue to stay silent.
We also provide the only opposition to Labour with their 44 councillors (out of 60), challenging decisions we feel are detrimental to the borough’s residents, and proposing practical solutions to the borough’s problems. UKIP and the Conservatives say nothing, do nothing and often vote with Labour.
We also believe that Oldham Council must get the basics right. People want clean streets; potholes filled; and an end to fly-tipping and anti-social behaviour.
We proposed a ‘war on waste’ by cutting Civic Centre bureaucracy to free up over £650,000 to invest in highways improvements, youth services, tackling fly tipping and installing alley gates and CCTV cameras to help make streets across the Borough cleaner and safer. Labour voted against our proposals; UKIP and the Conservatives could not even be bothered to turn up to the meeting!
The Liberal Democrats are a party that puts people and communities first. Voting Liberal Democrat means opposing Labour’s land grab of our irreplaceable green belt, supporting sound finance and reliable public services, and electing councillors who will face the challenges in local government head on – delivering the services you expect whilst squeezing much better value from your Council Tax.
It also means you will elect a local councillor who will be your champion and always be on your side!
Councillor Howard Sykes MBE, Liberal Democrat and Opposition Leader, Oldham Council and Councillor for Shaw Ward.
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