Sunday, 16 May 2010

BREAKING: Councillor Roy Oldham Loses Leadership of Tameside Council After 30 Years

In a shocking result, Labour Councillor for Longdendale, Roy Oldham has lost out in a leadership coup after serving as Executive Leader to Tameside Council for 30 years, making him the longest serving council leader in the country. Roy is replaced by Droylsden East councillor, Kieran Quinn.

The contest has been ongoing for over two years. It is known that Roy had planned on stepping down due to falling ill with cancer. It is widely rumoured that former Chief Executive, Janet Calendar, minded Roy to step down. This resulted in a bitter argument with Roy determined more than ever to keep the leadership with Janet Calendar resigning and joining Trafford Council.

When Roy recovered from cancer, he reversed his decision to step down. His Constituency Labour Party wasn't as supportive with the CLP announcing that they would be supporting Kieran in the role for Labour leader. Roy described this as a "slap in the face".

Tameside Labour councillors met at Stalybridge Labour Club this morning to cast their votes. Kieran just scraped in as leader by obtaining the support of 27 of the 46 councillors, leaving Roy with 19.

Kieran Quinn will be made Tameside Council Leader at the next Full Council meeting on the 25th of May. It is expected there will be a shake-up of the current cabinet and a new deputy leader replacing Joe Kitchen.

UPDATE: Dukinfield Councillor, John Taylor has announced on Twitter that he is the new deputy leader.
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