Droylsden East councillor steps down after 27 years
Thursday 21st September 2017 12:08 Droylsden News Posted by Adam Higgins

A Droylsden councillor has announced he will stand down with immediate affect after almost three decades. 

Councillor Jim Middleton, who has served the people of Droylsden East for 27 years, has cited failing health as the reason for his resignation.

He said: “I feel it would be in the best interests of all concerned if I stood down to allow someone who is as passionate and committed to the area as me, but with the necessary energy to take on the mantle of representing the fine people of Droylsden East – a role I have loved and been proud to undertake.”

Cllr Middleton, who will be 83 on October 10, was born in central Manchester and educated in Beswick. A coachbuilder by trade, he spent many years as a branch secretary for the old National Union of Public Employees.

Side by side: Cllr Jim Middleton with MP Angela Rayner 

Angela Rayner MP, whose constituency covers Droylsden, said she was sorry to hear the news that Cllr Middleton is stepping down due to ill health.

She said: “Jim was an outstanding Councillor who served on Tameside Council over a long period of time and was so tenacious in representing residents in his Droylsden East Ward where he lived.

“When l first looked for support in standing in the Ashton-under-Lyne parliamentary seat as the Labour candidate Jim was a big supporter right from the start and always stood by me, l won’t ever forget that.

“I am proud to call him a friend and l hope he now concentrates on looking after himself after he gave such loyal service to our party and local residents.”

Standing down: Cllr Jim Middleton

The executive leader of Tameside Council, Cllr Kieran Quinn, a fellow Droylsden East member, commented: “It has been a privilege to work alongside Jim for more than 20 years.

“He is a dedicated man who has worked tirelessly for his town and his borough. He has been mayor and deputy mayor, a school governor, and has served the council in many positions including chair of Droylsden District Assembly.

“It says much for Jim that as soon as he realised he would be unable to give his job as councillor the commitment it required, he decided to stand down.”

The by-election for one seat in the Droylsden East ward will take place on Thursday, October 26.

Nomination forms for candidates are available from Dukinfield Town Hall, King Street, Dukinfield, SK16 4LA. Candidates must ensure they are returned no later than 4pm on Friday, September 29.

If any election is contested, the poll will take place on Thursday, 26 October 2017.

Applications, amendments or cancellations of postal votes must reach the electoral registration officer at Dukinfield Town Hall by 5pm on Wednesday, October 11. Applications to vote by proxy must reach the electoral registration officer at Dukinfield Town Hall by 5pm on Wednesday, 18 October.

Applications to vote by proxy, applied for on grounds of physical incapacity, where that physical incapacity occurred after 5pm on Wednesday, October 18, must reach the electoral registration officer at Dukinfield Town Hall by 5pm on Thursday, October 26.