The 2019 European Union elections saw dramatic swings across the country as voters opted for parties on each end of the Brexit debate. In areas that voted predominantly for leave in the referendum the Brexit Party dominated last week’s poll, while remain-voting areas saw large gains for the Liberal Democrats and Greens, both backing a second referendum.
In this context Oldham stood out. Despite 61% of residents voting to leave the EU in 2016, Labour retained its position as the largest party in the EU election, securing 34% of the vote with the Brexit Party second on 30%. The vote represents a significant vote of confidence in the local Labour party, and builds on the recent local elections where Labour increased its majority on the local council.
Divisions on Brexit are clearly still a significant issue in Oldham and beyond. The council is working to prepare for every eventuality, and councillors have reaffirmed their commitment to working with residents to tackle the challenges faced day-to-day, to make Oldham the best place it can be to learn, work and live.