Cllr Meg Birchall Labour and Co-operative Councillor for Delph Ward on Saddleworth Parish Council 18th April 2023 Blog Co-operative development Communities, Housing & Local Government Share Tweet I’m honoured to be one of the youngest ever Parish Councillors in Saddleworth, one of the first trans councillors in Greater Manchester and one of the first Labour and Co-operative councillors elected this election cycle. We’ve had a huge need for better representation in politics, and to get elected into a position where mainly older people usually get elected, it shows the appetite for that representation here in Saddleworth. My ward of Delph is a true co-operative haven – as you enter the village you are greeted by the old Co-operative Hall, now the Millgate Arts Centre, and two other co-operatives in the village. The borough of Oldham has a great history of co-operative values and I can’t wait to bring these values to Saddleworth Parish Council as we look towards an exciting time locally. Greater Manchester is bringing buses back under public control thanks to our Labour & Co-operative Mayor, Andy Burnham and this comes to Oldham in 2024 – meaning that we will be able to have public transport that is accessible to those who need it, rather than just on profitable routes. Co-operative values have been a part of my life for as long as I can remember, and I will be a champion for co-operative solutions to the issues that we’ll face over the next few years. Working locally with initiatives to ensure food security and working alongside residents to help co-operatives thrive. I can’t wait to get started and hopefully be joined by more Labour & Co-op councillors on Saddleworth Parish Council and at Oldham Council more widely.