A senior Labour councillor has announced he will be standing down at the local elections in May.

Cllr Nathan Boroda has served as cabinet member for health and wellbeing, and deputy cabinet member for that portfolio, as well as representing the council on the University of Manchester General Assembly.

In 2021 he won his seat in Unsworth by 244 votes and was subsequently re-elected in the all-out elections of May 2022 with a majority of 692.

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Since being elected he has completed more than 1,200 pieces of casework and secured hundreds of thousands of pounds of investment to the ward, including to resurface 38 roads, refurbish parks and introduce several road safety schemes including the Croft Lane crossing.

Cllr Boroda said: “I want to say a huge thank you to the Unsworth residents and council colleagues who have supported me over the last two and a half years.

“Serving as your councillor has been a truly amazing experience but now is the right time for to pass on the reins to someone else.

“I am so proud of what we have achieved together, helping hundreds of residents and securing much needed investment in road resurfacing, road safety schemes and parks.

“I will continue to play an active part in the local community, supporting the work done by Joan and Tahir as well as being a governor at Unsworth Academy on the Manchester Jewish Rep Council.”

Community activist Jodie Hook has been selected as the new Labour Unsworth candidate and has been campaigning to urge the Environment Agency to take action surrounding the smells coming from the Pilsworth South Quarry landfill site, bringing Greater Manchester mayor Andy Burnham to the site last month.

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Bury South MP Christian Wakeford said: "Nathan has been an exceptional councillor for Unsworth, his hard work, dedication and compassion has shone through, and I know he'll be missed by residents and our local Labour Party alike.

“We all wish him the very best of luck with his future endeavours, and while Nathan will leave big shoes to fill, I know Jodie will be well up to the challenge of exceeding them!"

Council leader, Cllr Eamonn O’Brien, said: “Nathan has been a fantastic local councillor for Unsworth, with a tenacious approach to supporting residents with casework.

“His contribution as a deputy cabinet member, and more recently as cabinet member, has been a great help to the council.

“We are sad to see him step down but wish his all the best for his future endeavours.”