Roy Oldham, former leader of Tameside council, sadly died of cancer on July 14th 2010 at the age of 76.
Roy had been the longest serving council leader in the country, having served from 1980, when Labour regained control of the council from an extreme right wing tory administration, until 2010. He joined the Labour Party 50 years ago in 1960 and was first elected to Mottram UDC in 1966 before being elected to the newly formed Tameside council in 1973. His efforts established Tameside as one of the most effective labour councils in the country and a real Labour stronghold.
An active member of his union-MF and then UNITE- the last few years had been very painful for Roy as he lost , Margaret, his wife of 48 years and a fellow Councillor to cancer, followed by the death of his sister and brother-in-law in a car crash on the eve of this year’s General Election.
Roy was a real Labour man, he viewed collecting membership subs on his regular round on the Hattersley estate as the way to keep in touch with your members and never shirked the jobs involved in keeping the party strong. He will be sadly missed.