I have lived all my life in Oldham, starting off working in a Cotton Mill at 15 years old. I have worked in various roles and I am now a cleaner.
I do not profess any great experience in politics, but I care about our blue planet home and I’d like a chance to learn and contribute to its recovery for future generations.
Jess is an Environmental Education officer for the Greater Manchester Combined Authority. She has lived in Chadderton for 27 years.
"I have been involved with the Green party for around 3 years, I am currently the Social Media Officer and do other bits here and there. I have always been involved with various environmental groups such as Greenpeace and Friends of the Earth.
"I believe in everything the Green party stand for; equality, care, safety and prioritising rights of citizens and the environment over those of corporations. The areas I am really passionate about are: our environment- local and global, and the welfare of the animals that share our planet. I am standing to give my area the option of a Green candidate, the option to vote for a party and candidate that will prioritise making our community, a cleaner, safer, greener and overall a better place to live."
In this election I am wanting to use my own life experiences in order to present a new way of doing politics. Recently, I have emerged from a 28-month period of homelessness during which I received minimal help from the benefits system, council agencies etc. This should never have been the case and as a councillor I will fight to eradicate homelessness and the stigma that comes with it.
Hailing originally from Rochdale I am relatively new to Oldham and feel a lot of affection for the town as my new home.
I have been an active member of The Green Party for three years and am involved with the anti-fracking movement and the anti-austerity movement.
Age 34 and an Oldham resident her entire life, Melodey is currently employed by the Co-op and has qualifictions in the leisure and tourism industry. She has also worked in special educational needs schools.
As a parent, education and youth provision are of particular interest, as is the environment. She is a keen environmentalist and a familiar face amongst the anti-fracking community.
“I am really worried about the way this government is selling off important services like the NHS, a service I have grown to appreciate more than ever of late. And the academisation of schools is a real concern.
“I am also worried about fracking and the risks it poses to our water supply. It is not the answer to our energy problems – our focus should be on clean, renewable energy.
“We need a change and the Green Party offers that change.”
Saleh lives in Coldhurst with his wife and family. He has a law degree from Sylhet International University, Bangladesh.
Saleh is a community activist and freelance journalist and he is active in the Parents’ Forum at a local primary school.
“My priorities for Coldhurst are keeping the area clean and tidy, tackling anti-social behaviour, and supporting local businesses. I am keen to get young people involved in tackling these issues and improving the local area.”
I believe passionately that everyone in society deserves the same chances and opportunities to achieve their full potential. I also believe that the challenges we face locally, nationally, and globally from growing inequality and the threat of climate change cannot be solved by business as usual.
The Green Party is the only party offering real change, rather than the same old failed solutions wearing a different coloured tie.
Andy lives in Failsworth with his wife Catherine. He is active in the community, organising regular litter-picks, arranging music for the local choir, and co-ordinating the local Green Party.
“I am passionate about protecting our environment, fighting inequality and standing up for public services. Government cuts have hit the poorest the hardest, and have stifled investment in renewable energy.”
“We need Green voices on our local council to put new and creative ideas to reduce our carbon emissions, and to reduce the burden of government cuts on ordinary people.”
I have lived in Oldham for over 40 years and brought up my children here. I was the chair of governors at my children's primary school for 20 years.
I am an active member of the community. I am secretary of my local community garden and volunteer for a local project to tackle loneliness. I help with local canal clean ups and litter picking and work with my neighbours on problems which crop up in our street.
Before retiring, I worked as a benefits adviser for many years, giving people advice about their legal rights, so I am used to helping people deal with official procedures and challenge wrong decisions.
I joined the Green Party because it is the only party with the policies to protect our environment and to build a fairer and more just society.
Lina, 45, has lived in Oldham for 17 years, and works locally in accounts. She received her Accounting qualification at Oldham College in 2010.
Lina is an active member of the community, working with the Depaul charity organisation, offering accommodation to vulnerable young people and providing guidance on what a better future could look like.
When she isn’t working hard in front of a computer, she spends time volunteering on a local organic farm. She is concerned about the loss of green belt land and says: "We need more social housing, but we can achieve this without building on our green spaces."
Like Green candidates across the country Lina will make a difference with fresh ideas, by listening to people and by taking action on local matters. Lina is also keen to work with community organisations to increase positive local activities for our young people.
Jim was born in Devon in 1947, and came to Oldham to work in the Cotton Mills in 1965. He has worked in the area ever since, until his retirement in 2011. Jim has raised his family in the area and now has grandchildren and a great-grandchild.
Jim is concerned about social and environmental issues at a local, national and global social and environmental issues. He has been a long standing member and office holder of the local groups of the campaigning organisations Greenpeace and Friends of the Earth, and he is an experienced and keen allotment gardener.
Saddleworth South: Catherine Hunter-Rossall
Catherine lives with her partner Andrew and works for an insurance company. She is active in the local community: she runs a community choir in Failsworth and regularly volunteers with Street Pastors. She is keen to see the next government stand up for our NHS, reversing the privatisation of health services. She is also concerned about the serious damage fracking could cause to our landscape and our health.
At a local level, Catherine has reservations about the processes Oldham Council uses to approve planning permissions. She says “the developments I have seen in recent years don’t seem to make sense: green spaces and recreational areas are being lost to housing, and many do not meet the recommended quotas for affordable homes. Meanwhile brownfield sites are left derelict: if we invested in these instead we could have newly renovated areas for housing as well as retaining green space.”
I live with my family in St James Ward and work in local government in another local authority.
I am standing for the Green Party in these elections to help make Oldham meet the challenges that will confront us all in the years ahead. We need to ensure the borough’s economy becomes low carbon and sustainable whilst improving the quality of life for all residents.
I want to see higher quality education for all young people with local communities in control. We need to build on the success of the tram line to develop an integrated public network coupled with encouraging more people to cycle thus persuading people to use their cars less.
Oldham needs more houses but not through sacrificing the greenbelt but we need homes that are affordable to all. Oldham is a great place to live but the election of Green Councillors will make it even better.
Walking around the centre of Oldham is a different experience from just a few years ago. We have a cinema and a coffee shop culture now!
But what difference have these changes made to people living here?
Working in adult social care, I earn little more than the minimum wage. Like many of the people living in St Mary's, I don’t go to the cinema. And the minimum wage doesn’t buy much coffee.
Our councillors need to look wider and deeper than shiny buildings.
As a Green Party councillor I would bring a new perspective for the residents and workers in St Mary's.
Andrea, 26, has lived in Oldham for 17 years, and works full time as a geotechnical engineer. She completed A levels in Oldham Sixth Form College and continued her studies at the University of Derby, completing a degree in Geology.
When she isn’t working hard at the office or out on site work, she spends time volunteering on a local organic farm and campaigning online. She is concerned about the decline in teaching quality and the increase in crime rate, which go hand in hand. Andrea understands the current house market, which is favouring the wealthy and not solving the lack of social housing.
Andrea is very passionate about the green belt and believes we can achieve the demand for homes without building on our green spaces. Like Green candidates across the country, Andrea will make a difference with fresh ideas; listening to people and taking action on local matters.