Sunday, 16 May 2010
The end of an era as Roy Oldham is ousted as leader
Britain's longest-serving council chief is expected to stand down after losing a leadership battle.
Coun Roy Oldham, head of Tameside Council since 1980, lost out to cabinet colleague Coun Kieran Quinn when the borough's Labour group held its annual general meeting to nominate a new leader.
The decision is expected to be rubber-stamped and the Droylsden councillor sworn in as new leader at Tameside's next full council meeting on May 25.
Coun Quinn, who first declared his intention to stand earlier this year, is thought to have won the support of 27 out of 46 councillors at Sunday's AGM.
He said he was 'honoured' to take over from Coun Oldham, 75, who said last year that he may stand down but later changed his mind.
Coun Quinn, who was elected to the council in 1994 and is currently the borough's economic chief, said: "This time last year Roy had indicated clearly to the Labour group that he was going to retire and I was approached by lots of people asking me to stand.
"I can only repeat what I said to the Labour group, that Tameside Council's record of excellence has been based on 30 years of dedicated public service by Roy Oldham and I have been honoured to take that baton from Roy."
Coun Oldham, who was re-elected as councillor for Longdendale at Tameside's recent local elections, declined to comment.
The councillor was awarded a CBE in 2000 for his services to local government.
Earlier this year his constituency party in Stalybridge and Hyde voted to back Coun Quinn in the leadership race - a decision he described as a 'slap in the face.'
Manchester Evening News
This is a sad day for the people of Tameside. I give it five years max until Tameside ranks along the likes of Oldham and Rochdale as a failing borough brought down by Political Correctness and cronyism. Tameside Citizen