SHIRLEY Buckley, described as the “heart and soul” of the Oldham West and Royton constituency, is shortlisted for a top parliamentary award.
Shirley has been Jim McMahon MP’s office manager since 2015 and previously worked for his predecessor Michael Meacher.
One of her many accomplishments is the work she did supporting Mr McMahon’s campaign to secure a statue of Oldham-born suffragette Annie Kenney, which now stands outside the Old Town Hall in Parliament Square.
Now Shirley has been nominated in the Parliament’s People Awards in the Special Award for Connecting Communities category. It recognises the extra mile that people that work for MPs do to support their communities and society.
Her rivals for the accolade are Aleksandra Turner, office manager for Joy Morrissey, Conservative MP for Beaconsfield and the Outreach and Engagement Team. The winner is announced on Monday, January 25.
Shirley said: “I was quite shocked when I got the email to say I’d been nominated and shortlisted.
“Jim and everyone else in the office kept it quiet I had been put forward. So, I was a little taken aback and didn’t quite know what to make of it.
“I’m really pleased to have got this far. I don’t expect any awards for what I do.
“I just see it as doing my job and trying my best to solve the problems people have when they come to their MP.”
Mr McMahon said: “Shirley is the heart and soul of the constituency. She has helped literally thousands of people over the years and her dedication to helping me and the rest of my team is unquestionable.
“There are thousands of people in Oldham who Shirley has helped without them knowing that she was the one helping them.
“She has dedicated the last 25 years to trying to make the lives of Oldhamers better and she was vital behind the scenes in helping us bring Annie Kenney back to Oldham.
“She deserves every possible recognition. I am so pleased she’s made it to the shortlist for this award.”