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McMahon to stand down as councillor

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Former Oldham MBC leader Jim McMahon (Lab) has announced he is to step down as a councillor due to the increased pressures on his time in his new role as shadow local government minister.

Mr McMahon was first elected in 2003 and served as leader from 2011 until being elected as MP for Oldham West & Royton in December 2015. In a statement announcing his resignation Mr McMahon said being a local councillor was “one of the most rewarding and fulfilling things I have ever done”.

He said: “I have continued to support residents with casework and have attended the majority of local meetings. It hasn’t been possible however to attend council meetings in Oldham which take place when parliament sits and with my new responsibilities as shadow minister for local government demand on my time will only increase.”

Mr McMahon was appointed as a shadow minister in October. His brief includes devolution.

Writing for LGC last month, he said his experience in Oldham and as a member of the Greater Manchester Combined Authority had shaped his thinking.

He said: “Devolution is a distinct Labour ambition: working to shift power from the privileged few and hand it to the many… My party’s future cannot lie in a central statism that believes the country’s problems can all be fixed by someone pulling a big lever in SW1.”

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