Oldham Labour Group manifesto launch: This Saturday

This Saturday (5 April), Oldham Labour Group will be launching their 2014 manifesto in preparation for local elections on 22 May.

Led by Cllr Jim McMahon – who was awarded Leader of the Year at this year’s prestigious LGiU C’llr Achievement Awards – Oldham Council has been in Labour control now for almost 3 years. As a result, the borough’s resident satisfaction rating increased dramatically from 23% under the Lib Dems in 2008, to 63% under Labour in 2012.

During this time, Oldham Labour has famously kick-started an ambitious programme of regeneration across the borough, including at the once derelict Old Town Hall which is set to re-open in 2015 as a state of the art Odeon cinema with seven screens, six restaurants and café. This is projected to create around 238 jobs, which feeds into the Group’s priority to ‘Get Oldham Working’, aiming to create 2,015 job opportunities in the borough by 2015.

The Labour Group has also led on several fairness-themed campaigns, including Fares Fare (which saved people £260 a year on bus fares) and Fair Energy (which saved an average of £171 per household per year on energy bills). Their new manifesto marks an intention to continue expand on this with new Fair Credit, Fair Employment and Fair Insurance campaigns.

Cllr McMahon said, “All thirty of our election pledges this year came out of conversations we’ve been having with people on their doorsteps, and at special ‘Let’s Talk’ stalls in district town centres and high streets. We’ve been listening to people’s concerns and priorities and continue to put them at the heart of everything we do.”

“At a time when national Government is attacking residents on all fronts with cuts to funding for benefits and local services, the cruel and unfair Bedroom Tax, and the rising cost of living, Oldham Labour is fighting back. We know that this borough and its people deserve better, and this manifesto reflects that.”

The Oldham Labour Group 2014 manifesto launch will take place this Saturday 5 April, 10.00am to around 1.00pm at Gallery Oldham on Greaves Street. Speakers include Oldham’s three Labour MPs, Rt Hon Michael Meacher, Debbie Abrahams and David Heyes.

Stella Creasy MP visiting Oldham Credit Union today

Stella Creasy MP

Stella Creasy MP, Labour MP for Walthamstow will be visiting the Oldham Credit Union (OCU) this afternoon as part of her campaign against what she refers to as “legal loan sharks” (payday lenders).

With Cabinet Members from Oldham Council – Cllrs Shoab Akhtar, Jean Stretton and Amanda Chadderton – Stella will be meeting Mike Louden (OCU) plus staff and members/residents who have benefited from the Oldham Credit Union.

They will be discussing the part the OCU is playing in Oldham Council’s Co-operative response to Welfare Reform.

This includes work to raise awareness and signpost residents to financial help, encouraging use of the Jam Jar accounts, plus other campaigns that can make a difference: like the local crackdown illegal loan sharks, and the Fare’s Fair campaign which has seen public transport costs significantly reduced for local residents.