OLDHAM'S Conservative Party group has announced its new cabinet team after its number of elected representatives doubled in the local elections last month.

The party has vowed to provide "strong opposition" to the borough's ruling Labour group with Cllr Graham Sheldon re-elected as its leader and leading on economic and social reform.

Cllr Beth Sharp will serve as deputy leader, focussing on employment and enterprise.

Cllr Sahr Abid' will concentrate on children and young people along with health and social care.

Cllr Dave Arnott will lead on finance and low carbon, Cllr Pam Byrne's area will be neighbourhoods and Cllr Jamie Curley will monitor corporate services.

Cllr Luke Lancaster will speak out about housing and Cllr Max Woodvine will scrutinise education and skills.

Group leader Cllr Sheldon said: “In our election campaign, we clearly stated that we would focus on making sure that the day-to-day basics are delivered well.

"With that focus foremost in our minds, we will speak up for our residents, hold Labour to account and be that much-needed strong opposition.”

Deputy leader, Cllr Beth Sharp, gained a seat from Labour in the St James' ward.

She added: “Many residents of our borough voted for us in these elections when they may not have ever done so before, and we are very grateful for their support.

"To have five new Conservative councillors elected was an extraordinary result, but we intend to work hard to repay that trust.”