Saddleworth Liberal Democrats announce new group leader

SADDLEWORTH Parish Council’s Liberal Democrat group has announced the election of their new group leader Sam Al-Hamdani, who was approved unanimously to replace outgoing leader Alan Belmore.

Sam is a local councillor for Springhead Lower who was born and bred in Saddleworth and lives 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.

Cllr Sam Al-Hamdani, left, and Cllr Alan Belmore

Sam said: “I’m delighted to have been chosen by my colleagues to lead the Liberal Democrats at this critical time for the Parish Council. 

“There is so much more the Parish can and should be doing to create opportunities, involve local people and support and more sustainable environment.

“As the largest party on the Parish Council, the Liberal Democrats will be showing leadership on the key decisions over the next few years, ensuring the council stands up for the people in this area.”

Sam added: “One of the best things about the Parish Council is our commitment to work together as a team, regardless of political party, and I look forward to working with colleagues of all political persuasions in the interests of Saddleworth.” 

Alan is stepping down as leader due to work commitments but remains a councillor for Greenfield.

He said: “Sam is going to be a fantastic leader for Saddleworth – his campaigning, dedication and passion will make a huge difference on the council, and I will be supporting him as I continue as a Liberal Democrat parish councillor.

“We’ve had great success as Liberal Democrats on the Parish Council over the last four years, and I am particularly proud of passing a commitment to net zero emissions by 2035.

“We went from our lowest moment in 2015 where we were reduced to only six councillors to now being the largest party on the council, able to make a real difference to people’s lives in this area.”

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