Vera Baird nee Thomas
13 Feb 1950

Labour Politician, Author and Barrister, lecturer
Currently Police and Crime Commissioner, Northumbria
Lydia Ernestine Becker
24 Feb 1827 - 18 Jul 1890
Suffragist, was a member of the Manchester National Society for Women's Suffrage and secretary from 1867 until her death. She founded and edited the 'Women's Suffrage Journal in the 1870s' for twenty years.
Lydia was interested in botany and astronomy, she won an award for her collection of dried plants and went on the write two books Botany for Novices and Elementary Astronomy.

Ellen Brierley

25 Feb 1914 - 29 Jul 2010

Labour Councillor in 1949, Mayor in 1974, Alderman 1994, MBE  1995
Woman of Oldham 2001,
Freedom of the Borough 2004
Former Teacher, Magistrate for 27 years

Joseph Burgess
 3 July 1853 -  3 Jan 1934
Journalist, Labour Politician, Councillor and Organising Secretary
1884 started his own Newspaper - Oldham Operative short lived
Active in the creation of the Independent Labour Party
Stood as ILP candidate in Leicester 1894, 1895, Glasgow Camlachie 1906, Montrose 1908, 1910
Resigned from the ILP in 1915 and returned to Journalism working for the Bradford Pioneer 1914, London Evening Standard, Pall Mall Gazette 1919

John Robert Clynes
27 Mar 1869 - 23 Oct 1949
Trade Unionist and Labour Politician, member of Parliament for 35 years, and Leader of Labour Party 1921-22

Alfred Emmott 1st Baron Emmott, GCMG, GBE, PCChadderton
08 May 1858 - 13 Dec 1926
A partner of Emmott and Walshall, cotton spinners of Oldham.  In 1881 he became a Councillor for Oldham and was Mayor of the town 1891-92. Elected as a Liberal Member of Parliament for Oldham for 11 years (1899-1911). During his time as an MP he served as Chairman of Ways and mean, Under-secretray of State for the Colonies.   A member of the Privy Council in 1908.  Raised to the peerage in 1911 as Baron Emmott of Oldham in the county of Palatine of Lancaster.  Emmott was active during the WW1 as Director of War Trade.
Emmott married Mary Gertrude Lees in 1887 they had two daughters
Leslie Haden-Guest,
Baron Haden-Guest MC
10 Mar 1877 - 20 Aug 1960
Doctor, Labour Politician, Author, Journalist, Created a peer  in 1950, 1st Baron Haden-Guest.  Leslie served in the Royal Army Medical Corp in the Boar War, First  and Second World War and received the Military Cross.

Annie Kenney
13 Sep 1879 - 09 Jul 1953
Suffragette and member of the Women's Social and Politician Union, she and Christabel Pankhurst interrupted a meeting at the Free Trade Hall in 1905 to ask Winston Churchill and Sir Edward Grey if they believed women should have the right to vote

Marjory Lees
09 Sep 1878 - 11 May 1970

Liberal Councillor,
Freedom of the Borough 1934
daughter of Dame Sarah Lees. 
She was a member of the Suffrage movement.

John MellorHollinwood
1 Jan 1809 - 26 April 1887
Entered the Inner temple and called to the bar, became Queen's Counsel, elected to parliament to represent Great Yarmouth in 1857 and Nottingham in 1859, retired from politics in 1861 when he was appointed to the Queen's Bench in 1861.  He was knighted in 1862.  He retired in 1879 and was raised to the Privy Council,  John Mellor died in London in 1887.  He married Elizabeth Moseley and they had eight sons
Hervey Rhodes,
Baron Rhodes
KG,DFC and Bar, PC,DL
12 Aug 1895 - 11 Sep 1987
Labour Politician MP for Ashton under Lyne 1945-64
Freedom of the Borough
Made Life Peer 1965
Parliamentary Secretary to the Board of Trade 1950-1
Lord Lieutenant of Lancashire 1968-71


Last updated 2nd July 2019