Early life and career
Lambert was a councillor from 2 May 1997 to 5 May 2016, representing the Heywood West ward. On the council cabinet, he represented Children, Schools and Families, when Rochdale was the fourth-worst local education authority in England. On 17 December 2010, nine Liberal Democrat councillors resigned from their party and left their coalition with the Conservatives on the council, leaving Labour as the biggest party on the council with Lambert as council leader. In the 2011 council election, Labour remained the largest party and with 29 out of 60 councillors. On 3 June 2014, he resigned as council leader, two days after celebrating 1,000 days in the role.
Lambert joined the Brexit Party in 2019 and was their parliamentary candidate for Heywood and Middleton in the 2019 general election. He received 3,952 votes and came third behind the Conservatives and Labour respectively.
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- Heywood, Middleton and Rochdale Clinical Commissioning Group
Irene Davidson (Lib Dem)
| Leader of Rochdale Metropolitan Borough Council
December 2010 – June 2014
Richard Farnell (Lab)