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£5m Blackburn bus station now on target to open in June

Lancashire Telegraph:

6:00am Saturday 25th April 2015

BLACKBURN’S long delayed new £5 million bus station will open in June, borough regeneration director Brian Bailey has promised.

GENERAL ELECTION 2015: Liberal Democrats have it all to do in Burnley

Lancashire Telegraph:

3:30pm Friday 24th April 2015

WHEN Liberal Democrat Gordon Birtwistle seized Burnley from Labour five years ago it was a shock. If he take the seat again on May 7, it will be an even bigger one.

GENERAL ELECTION 2015: Will wind of change blow away Labour in Blackburn?

Lancashire Telegraph:

3:22pm Friday 24th April 2015

ON MAY 8 something will be different in Blackburn, Jack Straw will no longer be its MP after 36 years in the job.

East Lancashire beauty spot car park fee blasted as ‘picnic tax’

Lancashire Telegraph:

3:29pm Thursday 23rd April 2015

MACHINES are being installed within days to impose controversial new car parking charges at two East Lancashire beauty spots.

GENERAL ELECTION 2015: Ed Balls says Labour party has to win our three marginals

Lancashire Telegraph:

3:25pm Thursday 23rd April 2015

SHADOW Chancellor Ed Balls came to East Lancashire yesterday and declared Labour has to win marginal Rossendale & Darwen, Burnley and Pendle to form the next government.

Opening date for £33m 60-bed Blackburn Premier Inn revealed

Lancashire Telegraph:

11:00am Thursday 23rd April 2015

THE new 60-bed Premier Inn in Blackburn’s £33 million Cathedral Quarter is set to open on Saturday November 7.

CAMPAIGN DIARY: Ed and David, it’s high time you took a risk

Lancashire Telegraph: File photos of (from the left) Prime Minister David Cameron, Labour party leader Ed Miliband, Liberal Democrats party leader Nick Clegg and Ukip party leader Nigel Farage, as Ed Miliband, Nick Clegg and Nigel Farage joined forces to increase the pressure

3:20pm Wednesday 22nd April 2015

THIS is promoted as the most interesting and unpredictable general election in British history.

Opera star Alfie Boe agrees to be patron for Blackburn with Darwen music education centre

Lancashire Telegraph:

3:20pm Wednesday 22nd April 2015

LANCASHIRE’S international opera superstar Alfie Boe has agreed to be the patron of Blackburn with Darwen’s Music Education Hub.

Explorers ‘busting myths’ about TB in Blackburn with Darwen’s South Asian communities

Lancashire Telegraph:

11:36am Tuesday 21st April 2015

SIX TB explorers have spent six months “busting myths” about the potentially fatal disease in Blackburn with Darwen’s South Asian communities.

Angry backlash as would-be MPs debate Darwen schools

Lancashire Telegraph:

5:00am Monday 20th April 2015

THE control of Darwen’s high schools sparked an angry backlash among people gathered to hear from the town’s would-be MPs.

Blackburn Cathedral Quarter nearly whole as £33m build races on

Lancashire Telegraph:

9:00am Saturday 18th April 2015

THE first ‘Clergy Court’ to be built for 600 years is now catching up with the office block and hotel as Blackburn’s £33 million Cathedral Quarter continues to rise rapidly in the town centre.

Respect right to wear veil in court, urges top judge

Lancashire Telegraph:

7:00am Sunday 19th April 2015

LANCASHIRE Council of Mosques (LCM) chairman has welcomed the UK’s most senior judge’s comments that courts must show respect to women who choose to keep their faces veiled due to their religious beliefs.

GENERAL ELECTION 2015: Evans win likely in Ribble Valley but opponents are closing in

Lancashire Telegraph:

2:54pm Friday 17th April 2015

DESPITE having spent 23 years as MP for one of Britain’s safest Tory seats, Nigel Evans knows all about scrapping for his political life.

GENERAL ELECTION 2015: Rossendale and Darwen poll hopefuls facing a dogged fight

Lancashire Telegraph:

2:49pm Friday 17th April 2015

POTHOLES and dog dirt could decide who wins East Lancashire’s most volatile Parliamentary seat.

GENERAL ELECTION 2015: War of words on the march

Lancashire Telegraph:

1:58pm Thursday 16th April 2015

THE election ‘hustings’ season 2015 in is in full swing, with bitter debates both at and about the events.

GENERAL ELECTION 2015: Wind of change ahead in councils’ poll battle

Lancashire Telegraph:

2:10pm Wednesday 15th April 2015

WHILE much of the political attention on May 7’s polling day focuses on who will become East Lancashire’s MPs, at least one council could could change hands in bitter local contests.

GENERAL ELECTION 2015: Voters still undecided after Blackburn debate

Lancashire Telegraph:

2:28pm Tuesday 14th April 2015

THE General Election campaign is gathering pace and getting nastier.

GENERAL ELECTION 2015: Ribble Valley

Lancashire Telegraph: Nigel Evans MP receives a warm welcome from the residents of Ribble Valley

12:27pm Tuesday 14th April 2015

WITH a Tory majority of 14,769 Ribble Valley should be the safest of safe Tory seats.


Lancashire Telegraph: Kevin Horkin

11:54am Tuesday 14th April 2015

CREATED in 1983, Hyndburn has seen two Labour MPs and a Tory in its 32 years.

Town fights for cash to fund Darwen war memorial

Lancashire Telegraph:

11:30am Tuesday 14th April 2015

THE official launch of the bid for Lottery cash to commemorate the contribution of Darwen’s soldiers of the First World War will take place tomorrow.

GENERAL ELECTION 2015: Issues that ‘threaten community relations’

Lancashire Telegraph:

10:54am Tuesday 14th April 2015

EASTERN European immigration and welfare cuts have risen to the top of the General Election agenda.


Lancashire Telegraph: Pendle MP Andrew Stephenson helps resolve safety concern

10:51am Tuesday 14th April 2015

PENDLE is the definition of a ‘swing’ seat changing hands with, or in advance of, the prevailing political wind.


Lancashire Telegraph: Lindsay Hoyle MP

10:50am Tuesday 14th April 2015

Chorley has been in Labour hands since 1997 when current incumbent Lindsay Hoyle was elected.


Lancashire Telegraph: Gordon Birtwistle has been putting his case to MPs

10:50am Tuesday 14th April 2015

BURNLEY was the safest of Labour seats from the end of the Second World War until the 2010 general election.

GENERAL ELECTION 2015: Blackburn

Lancashire Telegraph: MP Jack Straw

10:46am Tuesday 14th April 2015

THE seat has returned just two MPs since it was recreated as a single constituency in 1955, Labour’s Barbara Castle and Jack Straw.

Blackburn residents left fuming after street littered with rubbish from local takeaways

Lancashire Telegraph:

10:00am Tuesday 14th April 2015

RESIDENTS have been left fuming after their street was littered with rubbish from local takeaways.

New law welcomed in bid to tackle 'fly-grazing' in East Lancashire

Lancashire Telegraph:

12:20pm Thursday 9th April 2015

NEW laws to tackle the 'fly-grazing' of horses on grassland without permission have been welcomed in East Lancashire., The Briercliffe-based Horses and Ponies Protection Association (HAPPA) said the new legislation, due to get Royal Assent before the May 7 General Election, was 'a huge step forward'.

Blackburn bus station refurb is on target to finish by summer

Lancashire Telegraph:

11:30am Thursday 9th April 2015

THE vehicle lanes are going down, the glass is going up and the paint is being applied making the building site on Ainsworth Street start to look like a bus station.

Historian's rap over Blackburn's 'hidden history'

Lancashire Telegraph: Jack Straw opens the new exhibition at Blackburn Museum

10:50am Tuesday 7th April 2015

BLACKBURN Local History Society chairman Ray Smith has criticised the borough council over its failure to show off many of the historic items in the storerooms of the town's museum.

Pleasington railway station to get £2,000 makeover

Lancashire Telegraph: Pleasington station near where a man’s body was found

3:54pm Monday 6th April 2015

ANOTHER suburban Blackburn railway station is to get a floral and artistic make-over.

Labour leader Ed Miliband in pledge to replace 'Pacer' trains with new stock

Lancashire Telegraph:

3:49pm Monday 6th April 2015

ED Miliband promised to replace East Lancashire’s ancient ‘Pacer’ trains with new rolling stock.

GENERAL ELECTION 2015: Bishop of Blackburn urges locals to use vote

Lancashire Telegraph:

2:12pm Thursday 2nd April 2015

BISHOP of Blackburn Julian Henderson has urged people to use their vote in May 7’s General election.

Countryside festival’s exciting line-up of popular events finally revealed

Lancashire Telegraph:

2:10pm Thursday 2nd April 2015

THE full line-up for Blackburn’s ‘Countryside Comes To Town’ midsummer festival has been revealed.

NANDO'S TIME! Popular chicken restaurant set to open in Blackburn

Lancashire Telegraph:

5:00am Thursday 2nd April 2015

CASUAL dining chain Nando’s is coming to Blackburn as part of a redevelopment of the Vue cinema complex.

Jack Straw asks: Did Special Branch spy on me?

Lancashire Telegraph:

1:57pm Wednesday 1st April 2015

JACK Straw has called for a full investigation in to whether the Metropolitan Police’s special branch spied on him when he was Home Secretary in overall charge of the London force.

Work starts on new £4.8m link road from M65 Whitebirk Roundabout

Lancashire Telegraph:

9:40am Wednesday 1st April 2015

WORK has started on the new section of the £4.8 million Furthergate Link Road from the M65 Whitebirk Roundabout to Gorse Street.

GENERAL ELECTION 2015: Pocket power will hold sway in fight for votes

Lancashire Telegraph:

1:55pm Tuesday 31st March 2015

US PRESIDENT Bill Clinton won two elections by remembering the vital catchphrase for winning votes: ‘It’s the economy, stupid’.

Controversial housing development officially opened

Lancashire Telegraph:

8:59am Monday 30th March 2015

A CONTROVERSIAL housing development in Waterfoot has been officially opened by nine-year-old Emily Coong.

Blackburn flood defence scheme to protect 200 homes

Lancashire Telegraph:

8:38am Monday 30th March 2015

PROPOSALS for a new £3.5 million flood-prevention project for central Blackburn have been drawn up by the Environment Agency and borough council.

Jack Straw praises Blackburn as he bids farewell as MP

Lancashire Telegraph:

6:00am Saturday 28th March 2015

RETIRING Blackburn MP Jack Straw used his farewell speech at Westminster to pay tribute to the two places he loved most – the town and the House of Commons.

GET YOUR TICKETS: Blackburn candidates to face off in election debate

Lancashire Telegraph:

9:16am Friday 27th March 2015

TODAY, the Lancashire Telegraph is announcing it will hold its first general-election campaign debate, bringing Blackburn’s would-be MPs together in advance of the May 7 poll.

Blackburn residents in call for help to tackle mounds of rubbish and rats

Lancashire Telegraph:

9:40am Friday 27th March 2015

RESIDENTS in Wensley Fold, Blackburn, have called for extra help to tackle mounds of rubbish and vermin.

Former Blackburn with Darwen Tory group leader dies - aged 81

Lancashire Telegraph:

2:33pm Thursday 26th March 2015

FORMER Conservative group leader on Blackburn with Darwen Council Don Heatlie-Jackson has died aged 81.

Blackburn self-service library machines still not in use weeks after controversial installation

Lancashire Telegraph: Cumbria the subject of library talk

1:55pm Thursday 26th March 2015

NEW self-service machines for people to check in and take out books from Blackburn’s five libraries are still not in use, weeks after their controversial installation.

Commons praise from PM in farewell tribute to Jack Straw

Lancashire Telegraph: MP Jack Straw

6:11pm Wednesday 25th March 2015

DAVID Cameron took time out of a Westminster debate on international affairs to praise Jack Straw, offering to become the former Labour Foreign Secretary’s constituency representative.

East Lancs Lib Dem concerned taxpayer is paying for ‘political stunts’

Lancashire Telegraph:

5:20pm Wednesday 25th March 2015

EAST Lancashire Liberal Democrat peer Tony Greaves has questioned who paid for almost 20 visits to Pendle by Tory ministers.

Railway Road set to open to traffic in both directions as Blackburn's regeneration work continues

Lancashire Telegraph:

5:00am Wednesday 25th March 2015

RAILWAY Road will be open to two-way traffic again by the end of this week as glass and stonework start to appear on key buildings in Blackburn town centre.

GENERAL ELECTION 2015: Patients and promises in NHS battleground

Lancashire Telegraph:

3:24pm Tuesday 24th March 2015

WITH a hospital trust recently out of ‘special measures’, plans to take key services away from Blackburn and Burnley and health outcomes and life expectancy worse than the national average, local voters in this election will take a close interest in party promises on the future of the NHS.

Curtain goes up on government money to improve Colne Muni

Lancashire Telegraph:

1:50pm Tuesday 24th March 2015

EAST Lancashire theatre-goers got a surprise Budget boost when Chancellor George Osborne gave Colne Muni a £56,000 grant for new seating.

Darwen set for new bus route to go with 'fantastic' new retirement village

Lancashire Telegraph: Twickenham town centre bus stop petition handed in

1:17pm Tuesday 24th March 2015

DARWEN is set to get a new bus route to go with its “fantastic” new retirement village.


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