Labour retain control of Rossendale Council

Council leader Alyson Barnes

Council leader Alyson Barnes

First published in News

LABOUR retained overall control of Rossendale Council following a vote which saw the Liberal Democrats lose their sole councillor in the Valley.

Sitting Lib Dem Jim Pilling came a distant third in Whitewell as the Conservatives’ Karl Kempson pipped Labour’s Jean Hayler to the post by 13 votes after a tense recount at the Riverside Civic Hall in Whitworth.

Whitewell was the only ward to change hands as stalwarts from both of the two main parties held their ground.

Labour’s council leader Alyson Barnes increased her majority in Goodshaw, Jackie Oakes comfortably saw off UKIP in Stacksteads, while Colin Crawforth (Hareholme), Liz McInnes (Longholme) and Ann Kenyon (Worsley) all kept their seats at a canter.

In Irwell, however, Helen Jackson required a recount to see off the Conservatives’ former county councillor Peter Steen by 40 votes.

For the Tories, ex-Mayor Brian Essex (Helmshore) and veteran Granville Morris (Greenfield) both polled more than 1,000 votes. Anne Cheetham won in Eden to keep the south-west of the borough blue.

Fellow Tory Jimmy Eaton kept his Greensclough seat in Bacup despite a strong showing for Labour’s Pat Smith, while Alan Neal, Community First’s only representative, easily held on to his Healey and Whitworth seat.

Coun Barnes said: “I’m delighted with our results. We’ve made great gains in the last two years and I’m so pleased to have held on to them.”

Over the border in Bury, Ramsbottom Tory Ian Bevan held his seat while his party colleage James Daly held on to North Manor ward.

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9:57pm Mon 26 May 14

Copperhead says...

Labour LOVE a poor, rundown and deprived area because that guarantees them a good result.
Of course, the middle-class, graduate lefties of Labour want you to STAY poor so as the ensure you keep voting for them. Heaven forbid you should get wealthy - you might vote Tory !
Labour loves immigrants - give them a British passport and they will be eternally grateful and always vote Labour to thank them for the mass immigration policies of Blair, Brown and Straw. That's the theory anyway.
Immigrants steal jobs from British workers.
So much for Labour being the party of the working class !!!
British workers voting Labour is like turkeys voting for christmas.
Labour LOVE a poor, rundown and deprived area because that guarantees them a good result. Of course, the middle-class, graduate lefties of Labour want you to STAY poor so as the ensure you keep voting for them. Heaven forbid you should get wealthy - you might vote Tory ! Labour loves immigrants - give them a British passport and they will be eternally grateful and always vote Labour to thank them for the mass immigration policies of Blair, Brown and Straw. That's the theory anyway. Immigrants steal jobs from British workers. So much for Labour being the party of the working class !!! British workers voting Labour is like turkeys voting for christmas. Copperhead
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3:14pm Sun 1 Jun 14

Loving lances says...

Well said, Copperhead. Let's see how our Labour candidate, Little Willie Straw fares in wooing middle-class voters in Crawshawbooth and Loveclough. Getting votes in Bacup is easy, but it is not guaranteed to win
the general election.
Well said, Copperhead. Let's see how our Labour candidate, Little Willie Straw fares in wooing middle-class voters in Crawshawbooth and Loveclough. Getting votes in Bacup is easy, but it is not guaranteed to win the general election. Loving lances
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