Sam is a local councillor, born and bred in Saddleworth and living in Lees. He is a freelance designer and editor working for clients as diverse as the Fair Tax Mark, the World Health Organisation, Chambers of Commerce and the CBI.
Sam believes that we need to look to build more engaged communities and society. Too many people in Oldham feel like they have been left behind, by years of national governments who are too focused on London and the South East.Oldham is a major town, with an incredible, diverse mix of communities. It has major transport links, just 30 minutes from the centre of Manchester, but equally close to the most beautiful countryside in the UK.
Sam believes we can deliver a brighter future for Oldham. It requires changing our thinking. We need to ensure that both national government policies and our membership of the European Union deliver for our town. Oldham should be a place of opportunity, and right now it isn’t. We need to bring our communities together – celebrate the hard-working people who live here and who can make this a diverse, thriving town. Membership of the European Union can be one part of this. The UK must also deliver a green revolution. If we are ahead of the curve – leading the world in environmental technologies – then a greener economy will also be a growing, positive economy.
Sam thinks a coherent approach to local services is crucial. Whether it is planning, social and health care, education – we need not just funding, but effective funding, and insightful planning. Spending money we don’t have will just make things worse. Government needs to deliver better. The Liberal Democrats, and a Liberal Democrat MP for Oldham East and Saddleworth, can deliver a brighter future for Oldham.