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By-election held after Tameside councillor dies

Roy Oldham
Image caption Roy Oldham led Tameside Council for 30 years

A by-election is being held in Tameside to fill the council seat left vacant by the death of Councillor Roy Oldham in July.

The 76-year-old Labour veteran, who had cancer, led Tameside Council for 30 years, making him the longest-serving council leader in England.

He was replaced as leader in May by council colleague Kieran Quinn, but was re-elected as a councillor.

Five candidates are standing for election in Longendale ward.

The candidates are Rob Adlard, Conservative Party; Janet Cooper, Labour Party; Anthony Jones, British National Party; Kevin Misell, UK Independence Party; Melanie Roberts, Green Party.

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