Oldham Councillor resigns amid police investigation

The Liberal Democrats in Oldham have announced councillor Rod Blyth has resigned his seat for the Shaw ward on Oldham Metropolitan Borough Council, citing personal reasons behind his decision to stand down.

Mr Blyth announced his intention to resign with immediate effect on Saturday 9th December.

In a statement seen by Revolution News, the Lib Dems said: “The group have also been made aware that Cllr Blyth is subject to an ongoing police investigation.”

“The Liberal Democrats are unaware of the details of that investigation. The Liberal Democrat Council Group as a consequence of that information did immediately suspend (as a neutral act) Cllr Blyth from the Liberal Democrats, as per our rules about such matters.”

It is unclear at this stage what police are investigating.

The statement from the Lib Dems continued: “There will be no by-election as it is less than six months to when this seat (3rd May 2018) would be up for election. Until that time the other Liberal Democrats Borough Councillors for Shaw and Crompton will cover all duties such as ward surgeries and casework so local residents are not disadvantaged.”

“No further comment will be made at this time whilst the matter is subject of a police investigation.”


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