Jim McMahon OBE, Labour and Co-operative Party Parliamentary Candidate for Oldham West and Royton, will join us on day three of our Centenary Conference to take part in our final plenary session, titled Education for a Better World: Ideas, Plans and Proposals.

Jim McMahon headshot

About Jim

Jim was born on the 7 July 1980 at Miles Platting, Manchester.  His father William was a lorry driver and his mother’ name was Alicia O’Rourke prior to marriage.  He moved to Middleton as a child and attended secondary school there. 

Professional Career

1997 - Apprentice technician at Manchester University, later rising to senior technician.

2004 – Joined local government as a regeneration officer, rising to become a Town Centre Manager at Middleton.

Political Career

2003 – Jim was elected during a by-election to serve as a councillor for the Failsworth East Ward of Oldham Metropolitan Borough Council.

2008 – He became Opposition Leader when the Liberal Democrats took control of the council.

2011 – He became Leader of the Council when Labour took back control

As council leader he became a member of the Greater Manchester Combined Authority.  He also served as the inaugural chairman of the Co-Operative Council Innovative Network and became leader of the Local Government Association.  Was named as the 6th most influential person in local government by the Local Government Chronicle, ahead of senior government ministers

2014 – He was elected to represent the LGA on the National Executive Committee.

In the same year he was named Council Leader of the Year during the LGA Achievement Awards.  He received an Honorary Fellowship conferred by University Oldham and was also elected as a Fellow of the Royal Society of the Arts.

2015 – He was appointed an Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in the 2015 Birthday Honours for services to the community of Oldham.

Parliamentary Career

2015 – 3 December -  Jim successfully fought the Oldham West and Royton Constituency seat during the by-election that was caused by the sudden death of Michael Meacher MP.  He gained 62% of the vote, the highest majority recorded.

2015 – He served as PPS to the Deputy Leader of the Party until appointed to serve as Shadow Minister for Local Government and Devolution a year later.

He currently resides in Failsworth with his partner and 2 sons aged 10 and 17 years.

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