Garth Harkness

Liberal Democrat Councillor for Saddleworth North Ward on Oldham Council & Parliamentary candidate for Oldham West and Royton General Election 2019 Learn more

Vote Liberal Democrats for a brighter future

by Garth Harkness on 7 December, 2019

Fight for a People’s vote and to Stop Brexit and invest the £50 billion remain bonus in public services Tackle the climate change emergency Reverse cuts to education Spend an extra £10 billion a year on education, recruit more teachers, invest in SEN and give every adult a £10,000 skills and training wallet Invest £35 […]

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Dobcross 20MPH and signs update

by Garth Harkness on 2 December, 2019

In short 20MPH speed restrictions are being considered and funding identified but we may need to keep pushing for signs. I tried to get a 20 plenty across the borough previously. Positive action by the community is  moving us forward. At the Oldham Council meeting on Wednesday 6th November 2019 Councillor Garth Harkness has asked […]

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Lib Dems will reverse school cuts in Oldham

by Garth Harkness on 23 November, 2019

The Liberal Democrats have announced that they will spend £10 billion a year more on schools and hire 20,000 more teachers by the end of the next Parliament. Figures from the National Education Union show that next year (2020/21), schools in Oldham will have seen their budgets cut by over £12.million n real terms since […]

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Only 80.6% of patients arriving at A&E across Greater Manchester were treated or admitted within four hours in October 2019, according to damning figures published today by NHS England. This is well below the official target of 95% of patients attending A&E being admitted, transferred or discharged within four hours.  Nationally, the 95% waiting target […]

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The Liberal Democrats have announced they would more than double spending on youth services in Oldham to £5,137,572 to help tackle rising levels of crime/knife crime. This would form part of a total ring-fenced fund of £500 million for Local Authorities across England to spend on youth services, providing young people with positive, safe and […]

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Councillor Howard Sykes MBE highlights the work done last year at the 2018 July Council meeting.  This work by the Oldham Liberal Democrats aimed to combat poor mental health in schools.  Unfortunately, Oldham Council appears to have done nothing about it. The Liberal Democrat Council group proposed a motion to address problems with mental health […]

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Saddleworth Councillor Sam Al-Hamdani bid to be Lib Dem MP

by Garth Harkness on 17 November, 2019

In the December General Elcection in Oldham East and Saddleworth, the Liberal Democrats will be represented by Councillor Sam Al-Hamdani. Sam is the Shadow Cabinet Member for Housing on Oldham Borough Council. He is a freelance graphic designer and editor, with clients as diverse as the World Health Organization, the CBI, and the Department of the […]

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At the full council meeting on 6th November 2019 Councillor Garth Harkness welcomed the Flood alleviation work on Delph New Road and asked for assurances on plans for flooding following recent wet weather He said: I welcome the current work taking place to address the flooding issue in Delph. This is something that local councillors […]

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At the Oldham Council meeting on Wednesday 6th November 2019 Councillor Garth Harkness has asked for safety measures in Dobcross and for the council to back a 20MPH limit. This is following recent damage in Dobcross due to HGV vehicles and a campaign by local residents Councillor Garth Harkness said “The cabinet member may be […]

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In Oldham West and Royton, the Party’s candidate is Councillor Garth Harkness. Schoolteacher Garth is the Shadow Cabinet Member for Education and Skills on Oldham Borough Council. He is an Autism Specialist Teacher who runs a Resource Provision for students with autism so that they can access mainstream secondary education. Prior to becoming a SEND […]

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