Sam Al-Hamdani

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Combating the damage done by Conservative cuts

by samalhamdani on 25 January, 2020

This week, the Labour-run Council have announced an increase in council tax of 2.99 per cent. This has brought a range of reactions, largely ranging from resigned acceptance to outrage – but then, in my first eight months as a councillor, I have learnt that no-one loves a council. This increase comes in the face of […]

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A neighbourhood plan for Saddleworth

by samalhamdani on 23 January, 2020

Many of you will have seen the inclusion of a questionnaire on the Saddleworth Neighbourhood Plan that was included in the Saddleworth Independent, and which is also available online. Having worked extensively on this for the cross-party Strategic Planning Committee (I never thought I would be on so many committees), I really believe that this […]

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As the plans for the regeneration of Oldham are presented by the Labour group over the next few days, it is clear that while aspects of the funding are to be welcomed, there are issues that need to be addressed – and it is clear that the headline figure of £300 million includes a considerable number […]

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House of Lords plan will fail to arrive on time

by samalhamdani on 20 January, 2020

Within 24 hours of each other, we have heard the Conservative Government plans to move the House of Lords to York, and that the HS2 line is even further over budget and is now going to be delayed for another six months. The first of those, the House of Lords plan, is a half-baked idea […]

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Stopping air pollution outside our schools

by samalhamdani on 8 November, 2019

At Oldham Council on Wednesday night, I seconded a motion to introduce idling free zones outside schools and other crucial areas. There are some simple steps that can be taken to protect our children from air pollution, such as introducing public space protection orders. The Labour Party majority sent the motion to the Overview and […]

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Councillors’ campaign for clean air in Oldham Borough

by samalhamdani on 2 November, 2019

Children are now often exposed to unsafe levels of pollutants outside of schools at peak times.  Road transport is one of the biggest contributors to pollution in Oldham Borough.  Councillor Diane Williamson wants “No-Vehicle-Idling zones” around schools across the Borough.  Harmful fumes from cars and buses waiting nearby schools can stunt lung growth and harm […]

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Ahead of joining Sam Gyimah at a campaign event, Liberal Democrat Leader Jo Swinson has declared that the Party can win seats right across the country, some in places that have never been won by the Liberal Democrats before. In a once in a generation opportunity election, the Liberal Democrats will be taking their message of stopping […]

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Responding the Government ending support for fracking in the UK, former Liberal Democrat Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change Ed Davey said: “A moratorium on fracking is welcome but it is not a ban. Liberal Democrats back an immediate ban now – given the evidence we are now in a climate emergency. “The law Liberal Democrats passed to […]

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Farage warns Tories of Lib Dem General Election threat

by samalhamdani on 1 November, 2019

Commenting on the Brexit Party’s campaign launch, Liberal Democrat Deputy Leader Ed Davey said: “Nigel Farage is correct that the Conservative Party should be very worried about the Liberal Democrats in this election. We are the strongest national party of Remain and we are ready to take the fight to Boris Johnson as well as Jeremy Corbyn. […]

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Thoughtless dog owners are being targeted in fresh calls for max on the spot fines. Liberal Democrats in Oldham Borough want to charge people the maximum allowed by law for those who don’t pick up their dog muck. Owners who do not observe the law could be fined £100. Councillor Howard Sykes MBE, the Leader […]

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