Liberal Democrat Leader announces real opposition team for 22–23

Liberal Democrat Group Leader, Councillor Howard Sykes MBE, has today announced his Real Opposition team for 2022/23. The announcement comes after a successful set of local elections for the Liberal Democrats which saw the group gain a seat in Saddleworth West and Lees.

Councillor Howard Sykes said: “I am proud to be leading the Liberal Democrat Group on Oldham Council and to be leading a team that is ready to hold the Council and Labour to account. This year we are joined by the newly elected councillor Alicia Marland, who is joining Mark Kenyon and Sam Al-Hamdani making up a formidable team of community champions for Saddleworth West and Lees residents.

Howard Sykes

“At a time when so many people across the Oldham borough are facing the effects of the Conservative cost-of-living crisis, the Liberal Democrats remain the only group holding Labour to account on Oldham Council, and we shall continue to take that responsibility seriously,” added councillor Sykes.

“Oldham Liberal Democrats will continue to oppose Labour’s indulgent and wasteful spending at the Civic Centre. Now more than ever, we need councillors who will speak out against vanity projects such as £68 million on ‘Spendles’. We need to direct more of our residents’ hard-earned Council Tax money into the front-line services that most matter to people, such as street cleaning, parks maintenance, road repairs, social care and alike,” he said.

“The Liberal Democrats will also be fighting for better facilities and an improved retail and leisure offer in our district centres. We will keep up the pressure on to make sure the new health centre for Shaw and Crompton gets back on track. We shall continue to be opposed to Green Belt development, including Labour’s ‘Places for Everyone’ plan. Our beautiful and unique local environment must be safeguarded for future generations.”

“People expect the Council to get the basics right – that is clearly not the case at the moment and this failure will continue to be our focus that will make a difference to people’s lives. That is what the public have told us they want,” he claimed.

CouncillorGroup role
Howard Sykes MBELeader
Chris GlosterDeputy leader
Louie HamblettChair
Diane WilliamsonSecretary
Hazel GlosterTreasurer
Mark KenyonPolitical secretary

Shadow cabinetCovering
Regeneration and Housing
Howard Sykes
City Region
Economic Growth
Strategic Housing
Housing quality and enforcement
Planning and Building Control
Landlord Licensing
External Relationships and Partnerships
Capital projects and investment
Borough Strategy
Finance and Low Carbon
Chris Gloster
Revenues and benefits
Green New Deal
Corporate Property and Assets
Clean Air
Culture and Leisure
Diane Williamson
Libraries, Heritage and Arts
Sports and sport development
Education and Skills
Sam Al-Hamdani
Education and Skills
Education Alliance
School Place Planning
Looked After Children – educational performance
Work and Skills Strategy
Lifelong Learning
Dave Murphy
Trading Standards and Licensing
Registrars and Cemeteries
Environmental Services
Waste and recycling
Parks and Countryside
Justice and Community Safety
Community Cohesion
Emergency Planning
Children and Young People
Hazel Gloster
Child safeguarding
Children’s Partnership
Adoption and fostering
Children Looked After
Children’s health and wellbeing
Youth Service
Early Years
Early Help
Health and Social Care
Louie Hamblett
Adult Social Services
Adult safeguarding
Provider services
Disability services and adaptations
Family support
Integrated Care System development
Health Improvement
Mental Health and wellbeing
Corporate Services
Alicia Marland
Workforce and Organisational Development
IT and Digital
Customer Services
Legal Services
Employment and Enterprise
Mark Kenyon
Get Oldham Working
Business Support
Supporting VCSFE sector
Social Infrastructure

Chris GlosterAudit Committee
Licensing Committee
Traffic Regulation Order Panel
Hazel GlosterPlanning Committee
Alicia MarlandHealth Scrutiny
Mark KenyonPerformance Overview and Scrutiny
Diane WilliamsonPolicy Overview and Scrutiny
Standards Board

Diane WilliamsonChair, Shaw and Crompton (Vice Chair North District)
SAm Al-HamdaniOfficial Spokesperson, Saddleworth and Lees (East District)

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