STALYBRIDGE and Hyde MP Jonathan Reynolds has welcomed the election of Labour Party candidate Janet Cooper as Longdendale's newest councillor.
The by-election, held on September 30, was called following the death of former council leader Cllr Roy Oldham.
And retired businesswoman Janet Cooper - who has lived in Broadbottom for more than 15 years and is already an active member of the community - was a clear winner.
On polling day 1275 residents voted Labour, compared to 1083 for the Conservative candidate.
Following the result, Stalybridge and Hyde MP Jonathan Reynolds said: "Janet has already proven she's committed to Longdendale. And as local councillor she will be a strong advocate and good friend to the people that live there.
"She understands the area well, and I know that as an elected councillor she hopes to make a real difference to the lives of local people.
"I believe that in voting for Janet the people of Longdendale have recognised the support that the previous Labour government gave to areas like ours - whether in the regeneration of housing in Hattersley or the investment in our schools.
"And they have sent a clear message that when times get tough it's the Labour Party they trust to stand beside them.
"As MP and local councillor I'm looking forward to working with Janet, who will be an excellent addition to Longdendale's Labour team."
As well as local councillor, Janet is also President of the Longdendale Women's Institute, a pensioner advocate and a member of the Community Chest panel.
Full results for Longdendale by-election: Lab 1275, C 1083, Grn 99, BNP 80, UKIP 67.
Published October 4, 2010