Oldham Labour Party elects new Leader


Following the shock defeat of Oldham Council Leader, Cllr Arooj Shah, at last Thursday’s local elections (read more here), her Deputy, Cllr Amanda Chadderton has been selected by the Oldham Labour Group to replace her.  

She will take over as Council Leader at the Annual General Meeting of the Council on 25th May, 2022. Cllr Abdul Jabbar and Cllr Elaine Taylor will take up Deputy Leader roles at the same meeting.

Cllr Chadderton says: “It is the absolute honour of my life to lead my hometown. I was brought up here, I went to school here and I am now bringing up my own daughter here.

“My focus over the next twelve months will be on ensuring that we continue at pace with our resident focused strategy; we have to get the basics right and deal with the things that residents say are important to them. This also means providing a high standard of service from keeping our streets clean to improving education.

“Work has been done over the past 12 months to lay a solid foundation for the year ahead, we will begin to see our ambitious plans around regeneration take shape and I am committed to ensuring these come to fruition. For a lot of our residents, the biggest concern is the cost of living crisis. I do not want to see any more of our residents pushed into poverty because of rising food, fuel and energy prices. I will ensure that the council has people in place to support our residents. We have committed over £1M to ensure the success of Don’t Trash Oldham is not wasted and residents continue to see an improvement in their area.

“I went into politics because I felt I had something to offer and I was passionate about improving peoples’ lives and the town. Power for the sake of power means nothing, it is what you do with it that counts and I am absolutely committed to improving Oldham as a place to live and improving the lives of our residents.’

Arooj Shah added: “Congratulations to the new Leader of Oldham Council. Amanda will continue improving council services and their relationship with local people, delivering the planned regeneration of the town centre and cleaning up our streets. Whilst I may no longer be a councillor, I’ll continue to serve my community and the wider Borough in every way I can”.

Dr Zahid Chauhan was elected as Deputy Mayor at the same Labour Group meeting last night. Cllr Elaine Garry takes over as Mayor this year from Cllr Jenny Harrison

Labour, despite a nett loss of five seats, still hold overall control of the Council. The Conservatives and Liberal Democrats both now have nine seats in the coming council year and, unless one of them forms a coalition with either of the two independent councillors, Cllr Aftab Hussain or Cllr Montaz Ali, or the Failsworth Independent Party, who now have five seats, there will, again, be a joint Opposition. 

Page last updated: Friday 13th May, 2022 at 1545 hours

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