I put it to their candidate John Bickley that this is unfair.

But the way he's been 'Oldham" tells you quite a lot. He's a rising star, spotted by the Economist even before this election. The son of a lorry driver, he left school at 16 but 14 years later he has an OBE, won "council leader of the year" in 2014 and is on Labour's ruling body.

Oldham is about 4 miles (6.4 km) south of the major M62 motorway, but is linked to it by the M60 at Hollinwood, and A627(M) via Chadderton. There are major A roads to Ashton-under-Lyne, Huddersfield, Manchester, and Rochdale.[11]

Oldham produced someone who is considered[6] to be one of the greatest benefactors of education for the nation, Hugh Oldham, who in 1504 was appointed as Bishop of Exeter, and later went on to found what is now Manchester Grammar School.

Although Oldham had a thriving economy during the 19th century, the local merchants were broadly reluctant to spend on civic institutions, and so the town lacks the grandeur seen in comparable nearby towns like Bolton or Huddersfield;[7][52] public expenditure was seen as an overhead that undermined the competitiveness of the town.[25] Subsequently, Oldham's architecture has been described as "mediocre".[52] The town has no listed buildings with a Grade I rating.[53]

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Matthew Stubbs is accused of the murder of Tommy Bilton, from Limeside, who was stabbed in a brawl outside a house party in Oldham

The candidate doesn't deny that people raise Jeremy Corbyn on the doorstep - but he does a good job of defending him, if not exactly some of the more controversial statements and policies.

BBC Sport takes a look at the main talking points from Saturday's FA Cup first-round games.

During the 1950s and 1960s, in an attempt to fill the shortfall of workers and revitalise local industries, citizens of the wider Commonwealth of Nations were encouraged to migrate to Oldham and other British towns.[68] Many came from the Caribbean and Indian subcontinent and settled throughout the Oldham borough.[68]

One of the oldest recorded named places of Oldham is Hathershaw, occurring in a deed for 1280 with the spelling Halselinechaw Clugh.[11] Existing as a manor in the 15th century, Hathershaw Hall was the home of a Royalist family in the 17th century who lost part of their possessions due to the English Civil War.[11] Waterhead, an upland area in the east of Oldham, traces its roots to a water cornmill over the border in Lees.[16]

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Edward Potts was a renowned architect who moved to Oldham from Bury. He was the architect for fourteen mills in the Oldham area.[141]

FREDDIE Ladapo's fast feet and physical presence was a big miss for Athletic, his manager said - but the good news is, the striker should be back for the Coventry test. On-loan Crystal Palace striker Ladapo did not feature in the 0-0 draw with Chesterfield due to illness. His absence provided a chance for Darius Osei to make his first Athletic start, but with Ladapo...

Traditional left-wing policies on issues such as welfare could play well in Oldham.

In the 1870s, John Marius Wilson described Oldham as consisting of:

"So do you want to control immigration or not? I think it is absolutely fair of me to point out that their policy on immigration is a joke."

GMP are treating the incident in Latimer Street, Oldham, as an arson

... and one Greater Manchester town has a particularly bad record for the crime

The result, whatever it is, will repay a lot of study before its lessons are clear.

NEIL Joy is to leave Athletic to take up a position at AFC Fylde. The club's chief executive, who was also a board member, departs at the end of this month in order to to join the...

Real Madrid's Rodriguez offered "major role" at Man Utd, Hull caretaker boss Phelan could quit, Juventus want Arsenal's Sanchez, plus more.

... numerous streets, and contains numerous fine buildings, both public and private; but, in a general view, is irregularly constructed, presents the dingy aspect of a crowded seat of manufacture, and is more notable for factories than for any other feature.[48]

Greater Manchester Business Week is the region’s number one provider of business news andfeatures, targeting a bespoke business audience with 12,687 copies every Thursday.

Home Office policing in Oldham is provided by the Greater Manchester Police. The force's "(Q) Division" have their headquarters for policing the Metropolitan Borough of Oldham at central Oldham. Public transport is co-ordinated by the Greater Manchester Passenger Transport Executive. Statutory emergency fire and rescue service is provided by the Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service, which has two stations in Oldham; at Hollins on Hollins Road,[120] and at Clarksfield on Lees Road.[121]

"We need to make our mind up - people are fed up with politicians all looking and sounding the same, and saying anything to get a vote.

WHAT is missing? Once again, Athletic were robust and unyielding at the back, calming down a lively front two after mild scares early on. In midfield, Paul Green pulled the strings...

THE play-offs remain the aim for winless Coventry City, but the Sky Blues will need to find a solution to their goal drought in order to climb the table. Tony Mowbray's men host Athletic...

Coventry pay the price for failing to take their chances as they are held to a goalless draw by Oldham Athletic,

OLDHAM Coliseum Theatre has been shortlisted for four prizes in the prestigious UK Theatre Awards. The annual ceremony rewards the best shows produced outside London. The...

The tubular bandage was invented and developed in Oldham in 1961.[88] That "vital contribution to advancing medical science" resulted from a collaboration between local firm Seton and a cotton manufacturer in the town.

They secured their top division status a year later to become founder members of the new Premier League,[88] but were relegated after two seasons despite reaching that year's FA Cup semi-finals. They are currently playing in Football League One, the third tier of the English league. Darren Kelly was appointed as Manager in May 2015

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Out campaigning one woman tells him that he's got her vote "for lots of reasons". But she is contemptuous of Labour's new leader.


In 1951 parts of the Limehurst Rural District were added to the County Borough of Oldham, and in 1954 further parts of the same district added to it on its abolition.[42] Since 1961, Oldham has been twinned with Kranj in Slovenia.[44] Under the Local Government Act 1972, the town's autonomous county borough status was abolished, and Oldham has, since 1 April 1974, formed part of the Metropolitan Borough of Oldham, within the Metropolitan county of Greater Manchester.[1]

The organisation that supports Jeremy Corbyn, Momentum, couldn't put us in touch with anyone locally, but some clearly feel that the new leader and new members will help them hold the seat, not lose it.

ATHLETIC will not be seeking a replacement for outgoing head of recruitment Lee Turnbull, after he made his switch back to Scunthorpe United official. The 48-year-old was present for the...

Lying within the historic county boundaries of Lancashire since the early 12th century, Oldham was recorded in 1212 as being one of five parts of the thegnage estate of Kaskenmoor, which was held on behalf of King John by Roger de Montbegon and William de Nevill.[9][11] The other parts of this estate were Crompton, Glodwick, Sholver, and Werneth.[15] Oldham later formed a township within the ancient ecclesiastical parish of Prestwich-cum-Oldham, in the hundred of Salford.[1][9]

The Hollinwood Branch of the Ashton Canal was a canal that ran from Fairfield in Droylsden, through Littlemoss and Daisy Nook Country Park to the Hollinwood area of Oldham, with a branch from Daisy Nook to the Fairbottom Branch Canal.[115] The canal was mainly used for the haulage of coal until it fell into disuse for commercial traffic in the 1930s.[116] It included four aqueducts and a two-rise lock staircase.

"And the third thing is clean up our street from potholes, fly tipping and littering. The message we get is that these issues are not being dealt with locally - they want an MP who will stand on their side."