Liberal Democrat Shadow Cabinet and team announced for 2018/19

The Leader of the Opposition and of the Liberal Democrat Group on Oldham Council, Councillor Howard Sykes MBE, has today announced the appointment of his Shadow Cabinet Team and membership of outside bodies and committees for 2018/19.

Councillor Howard Sykes said:  “I am looking forward to once more leading the opposition team on Oldham Council. The Council will have a new Labour Leader and a reshuffled administration.”

“Voters can rest assured that the Oldham Liberal Democrats will remain constant in opposing waste and inefficiency and in always speaking up for fair treatment for our citizens and for value-for-money and common sense,” he added.  “As ever, the Liberal Democrats remain the only party holding Labour to account on Oldham Council, and we shall continue to take that responsibility seriously.”

Shadow Cabinet Members: 

Howard Sykes MBE: Economy and Enterprise (Opposition Leader)
Hazel Gloster: Education and Culture
Julia Turner: Children’s Services
Garth Harkness: Employment and Skills
Derek Heffernan: Health and Social Care
Dave Murphy: Neighbourhood Services
Diane Williamson: Policing and Community Safety; Housing
Chris Gloster: Finance and Corporate Resources (Opposition Deputy Leader)

Official spokespersons/Lead members on boards and committees

Howard Sykes MBE: Transport for Greater Manchester Committee
Chris Gloster: Audit Committee
Diane Williamson: Overview and Scrutiny Board
Garth Harkness: Performance and Value for Money Committee
Hazel Gloster: Planning Committee
Chris Gloster: Licensing Committee
Diane Williamson: Standards Committee
Howard Sykes MBE: Health and Well-being Board
Dave Murphy: Petitions and Traffic Regulation Orders
Howard Sykes MBE: Commons Registration
Howard Sykes MBE: Selection
Hazel Gloster: GM Scrutiny Pool

District executives

Diane Williamson: Chair, Shaw and Crompton
Garth Harkness: Official Spokesperson, Saddleworth and Lees

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