Wednesday, 17 February 2010
Shock challenge for Tameside Council leader
Britain's longest-serving council leader is facing a power struggle after 30 years in charge.
Roy Oldham, 75, the boss of Tameside council, has been told he faces a challenge from fellow Labour councillor Kieran Quinn.
And Coun Oldham’s local constituency Labour Party – Stalybridge and Hyde – has added fuel to the fire by backing Coun Quinn. Coun Oldham has been leader of Tameside council since 1980, making him the longest-serving council leader in British history.
He considered stepping down last year – saying he was minded to do so following personal problems – but said this week that he now hoped to stand again.
But Coun Oldham was left reeling after members of Stalybridge and Hyde CLP, a patch which includes his Longdendale ward, pledged their support for his rival.
Coun Oldham described the decision, made at the party’s monthly meeting on Friday, as a ‘slap in the face’.
He said: “The decision of the Stalybridge and Hyde CLP not to support my nomination, which in fact has little bearing on the Labour group’s own decision on their choice of leader, was nevertheless a good slap in the face.”
Coun Quinn, Tameside economic chief, had previously been tipped to take over in May.
Manchester Evening News