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The Mayor of Oldham Published: Friday, 15th May 2020

Councillor Ginny Alexander is set to continue as Oldham’s Mayor due to the impact of the Coronavirus pandemic.

Restrictions imposed as a result of the pandemic have seen mayoral fundraising events and civic engagements cancelled.

As a result, at Full Council on June 17, members will be asked to note that Cllr Alexander continues to serve as the borough’s first citizen for another year.

Councillor Jenny Harrison will continue as the Deputy Mayor and become Mayor in May 2021.

The Mayor said: “It’s been a huge honour to be Mayor of Oldham but in the last few weeks the role has changed hugely, due to the pandemic.

“Before I was attending events around the borough and also representing the town further afield.

“Since the lockdown I’ve not been able to do any of this and that’s been a real shame as I love meeting people face to face.

“Extending my term off office will hopefully give me the chance to do this once again, and I’ll also be able to carry on fundraising, which is an important part of the mayoral role.

“In the meantime, please stay safe.”

Councillor Sean Fielding, Leader of Oldham Council, said: “These are unprecedented times and the role, and the work of the mayor, like other services and departments, has been severely impacted.

“The Mayor plays an important role helping to raise the profile of the borough and Ginny and Jenny were doing a great job before the pandemic hit.

“By extending Ginny’s term for another year it will give her the chance to properly finish off her term and raise even more money for the charities she supports.”

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