Sam Al-Hamdani

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The Liberal Democrats are calling on the Government to ramp up mental health support for health and care staff in Oldham to ensure “world-class” support for those tackling the virus head on. Highlighting the “deep scar” coronavirus will leave on health and care staff in Oldham, the local Liberal Democrats have put forward a package of mental health measures, […]

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Following reports that Oldham Council is set to borrow in the region of £13 million to contribute to a Greater Manchester scheme to support Manchester Airport, Lib Dem Councillor Sam Al-Hamdani called on the scheme to be balanced by a requirement for the airport to introduce improved green targets.  Councillor Al-Hamdani said: “Manchester Airport is […]

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Volunteering to help locally

by samalhamdani on 18 March, 2020

Many residents have been looking to contribute in the current situation by volunteering. In order to coordinate efforts, Action Together, the local volunteering body, which covers Rochdale, Tameside and Oldham, have set up a specific sign-up to enable them to coordinate volunteers. If you are interested in helping, complete the form at https://www.actiontogether.org.uk/volunteer/search-for-opportunities In the […]

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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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