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Blackburn with Darwen leader accused over MP bid

Lancashire Telegraph: Kate Hollern Kate Hollern

BOROUGH boss Kate Hollern has been accused of tinkering with Blackburn with Darwen council’s constitution to suit her own political ambitions.

Opposition group leaders Mike Lee and David Foster are concerned about new amendments to its procedures due to be voted through on Thursday.

Former Tory borough leader Colin Rigby accused her of ‘tinkering’ with the constitution to meet her desire to succeed Jack Straw as MP for Blackburn..

At Thursday’s annual meeting, Coun Hollern has proposed a new document to incorporate changes made in the last three years.

She also proposes to change the leader’s four-year term from the current September date to that of the annual council forum, which normally takes place in May.

This means Coun Hollern will have to be re-elected for just 11 months to ‘realign’ the council calendar.

Conveniently, this follows the May 7 General Election when she will stand for Labour.

Coun Rigby said: “It looks like tinkering with the constitution to fit in with Kate’s Parliamentary ambitions and to keep the lid on Labour group tensions over who should succeed her.”

Coun Hollern rejected his claim: “It’s nothing to do with whether or not I become MP. It’s making sense of the council calendar. The only reason the four-year term runs from September is because that’s when the coalition lost control in 2010. This is the first opportunity to sort this out.”

LibDem leader Coun Foster said: “I am concerned we will not see this new constitution before we vote. I shall be meeting council lawyers about this.”

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7:38pm Tue 24 Jun 14

mmickk says...

What ever she does its for herself and not for the good of the town. And as she put it before being elected it will be an honour to follow in straws footsteps (blairs sidekick) enough said look at the state of Iraq they should all be rounded up and jailed the lot of them an absolute disgrace to this country. How people keep voting them in they cannot run a town never mind a country.
What ever she does its for herself and not for the good of the town. And as she put it before being elected it will be an honour to follow in straws footsteps (blairs sidekick) enough said look at the state of Iraq they should all be rounded up and jailed the lot of them an absolute disgrace to this country. How people keep voting them in they cannot run a town never mind a country. mmickk
  • Score: 58

8:48pm Tue 24 Jun 14

woolywords says...

You won't believe this but I've just finished watching a documentary about who killed Stalin... https://www.youtube.
com/watch?v=vsXSqghO
f94
And here we are, all these years later and the Politburo is at it again, shifting things around, to ensure the right 'result' in the 'election'.
They should take a warning from Karl Marx, 'Hegel remarks somewhere that all facts and personages of great importance in world history occur, as it were, twice. He forgot to add: the first time as tragedy, the second as farce'.

Comrades, who would you have cast, as Lavrentiy Beria, in this charade?
Listen for the one who says.. 'He who is not blind sees that our party, during its difficult days, is closing its ranks still more closely, that it is united and unshakable', as it's something that he said!
You won't believe this but I've just finished watching a documentary about who killed Stalin... https://www.youtube. com/watch?v=vsXSqghO f94 And here we are, all these years later and the Politburo is at it again, shifting things around, to ensure the right 'result' in the 'election'. They should take a warning from Karl Marx, 'Hegel remarks somewhere that all facts and personages of great importance in world history occur, as it were, twice. He forgot to add: the first time as tragedy, the second as farce'. Comrades, who would you have cast, as Lavrentiy Beria, in this charade? Listen for the one who says.. 'He who is not blind sees that our party, during its difficult days, is closing its ranks still more closely, that it is united and unshakable', as it's something that he said! woolywords
  • Score: 28

9:31pm Tue 24 Jun 14

Commenting says...

The changes will go through as she has the votes but it beggars belief that this is the first opportunity to change the constitution, the Labour group had the votes before last May elections.
Cllr Hollern is clearly hedging her bets for if she was not re-elected as leader in September, she may not be a free agent to manipulate the publicity she needed for the general election campaign next May.
The outcome next May is not however a foregone conclusion when the election statistics from this year are examined.
The Labour Party collected more than 50% of the vote of which about 18% came from the Asian electorate.
If next May a prominent party was to field a male Muslim candidate it is likely, given that Muslim men do not generally support females in elections, that this vote will be split. Depending on the numbers voting other than Labour and with the higher turnout at general elections, another party, possibly UKIP could sneak in.
The changes will go through as she has the votes but it beggars belief that this is the first opportunity to change the constitution, the Labour group had the votes before last May elections. Cllr Hollern is clearly hedging her bets for if she was not re-elected as leader in September, she may not be a free agent to manipulate the publicity she needed for the general election campaign next May. The outcome next May is not however a foregone conclusion when the election statistics from this year are examined. The Labour Party collected more than 50% of the vote of which about 18% came from the Asian electorate. If next May a prominent party was to field a male Muslim candidate it is likely, given that Muslim men do not generally support females in elections, that this vote will be split. Depending on the numbers voting other than Labour and with the higher turnout at general elections, another party, possibly UKIP could sneak in. Commenting
  • Score: 36

9:49pm Tue 24 Jun 14

CorkyMac says...

Commenting wrote:
The changes will go through as she has the votes but it beggars belief that this is the first opportunity to change the constitution, the Labour group had the votes before last May elections.
Cllr Hollern is clearly hedging her bets for if she was not re-elected as leader in September, she may not be a free agent to manipulate the publicity she needed for the general election campaign next May.
The outcome next May is not however a foregone conclusion when the election statistics from this year are examined.
The Labour Party collected more than 50% of the vote of which about 18% came from the Asian electorate.
If next May a prominent party was to field a male Muslim candidate it is likely, given that Muslim men do not generally support females in elections, that this vote will be split. Depending on the numbers voting other than Labour and with the higher turnout at general elections, another party, possibly UKIP could sneak in.
Spot on! Kate Hollern Is looking after her own needs, wouldn't trust this one at all, which some would say, holds her In good stead to be a politician.

Let's hope people don't vote these Labour clowns In again and UKIP do sneak In, If not anyone has to be better than this shower that have bought Blackburn to It's knees.
[quote][p][bold]Commenting[/bold] wrote: The changes will go through as she has the votes but it beggars belief that this is the first opportunity to change the constitution, the Labour group had the votes before last May elections. Cllr Hollern is clearly hedging her bets for if she was not re-elected as leader in September, she may not be a free agent to manipulate the publicity she needed for the general election campaign next May. The outcome next May is not however a foregone conclusion when the election statistics from this year are examined. The Labour Party collected more than 50% of the vote of which about 18% came from the Asian electorate. If next May a prominent party was to field a male Muslim candidate it is likely, given that Muslim men do not generally support females in elections, that this vote will be split. Depending on the numbers voting other than Labour and with the higher turnout at general elections, another party, possibly UKIP could sneak in.[/p][/quote]Spot on! Kate Hollern Is looking after her own needs, wouldn't trust this one at all, which some would say, holds her In good stead to be a politician. Let's hope people don't vote these Labour clowns In again and UKIP do sneak In, If not anyone has to be better than this shower that have bought Blackburn to It's knees. CorkyMac
  • Score: 43

9:52pm Tue 24 Jun 14

M.DANNY says...

She is too old for the job, should have had a young energetic person for this job.This job involves spending times at Westminster in London and commuting to Blackburn and looks like she doesn't have energy for this job.
She is too old for the job, should have had a young energetic person for this job.This job involves spending times at Westminster in London and commuting to Blackburn and looks like she doesn't have energy for this job. M.DANNY
  • Score: 37

2:05am Wed 25 Jun 14

english rose 1 says...

CorkyMac wrote:
Commenting wrote:
The changes will go through as she has the votes but it beggars belief that this is the first opportunity to change the constitution, the Labour group had the votes before last May elections.
Cllr Hollern is clearly hedging her bets for if she was not re-elected as leader in September, she may not be a free agent to manipulate the publicity she needed for the general election campaign next May.
The outcome next May is not however a foregone conclusion when the election statistics from this year are examined.
The Labour Party collected more than 50% of the vote of which about 18% came from the Asian electorate.
If next May a prominent party was to field a male Muslim candidate it is likely, given that Muslim men do not generally support females in elections, that this vote will be split. Depending on the numbers voting other than Labour and with the higher turnout at general elections, another party, possibly UKIP could sneak in.
Spot on! Kate Hollern Is looking after her own needs, wouldn't trust this one at all, which some would say, holds her In good stead to be a politician.

Let's hope people don't vote these Labour clowns In again and UKIP do sneak In, If not anyone has to be better than this shower that have bought Blackburn to It's knees.
UKIP did poorly in the wards where they stood. Commenting is incorrect. Labour didn't get 50% of the vote this year - Labour got 62.5% of the vote in the Borough. Whichever way you look at it that is very good going and shows that of those voting a lot think Labour is doing a pretty good job in spite of the huge cuts imposed by central Govt..
*
The Council year runs from May to May not September to September. So the move to change the Constitution is perfectly sensible and has nothing to do with Cllr Hollern's bid to become MP.
*
[quote][p][bold]CorkyMac[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Commenting[/bold] wrote: The changes will go through as she has the votes but it beggars belief that this is the first opportunity to change the constitution, the Labour group had the votes before last May elections. Cllr Hollern is clearly hedging her bets for if she was not re-elected as leader in September, she may not be a free agent to manipulate the publicity she needed for the general election campaign next May. The outcome next May is not however a foregone conclusion when the election statistics from this year are examined. The Labour Party collected more than 50% of the vote of which about 18% came from the Asian electorate. If next May a prominent party was to field a male Muslim candidate it is likely, given that Muslim men do not generally support females in elections, that this vote will be split. Depending on the numbers voting other than Labour and with the higher turnout at general elections, another party, possibly UKIP could sneak in.[/p][/quote]Spot on! Kate Hollern Is looking after her own needs, wouldn't trust this one at all, which some would say, holds her In good stead to be a politician. Let's hope people don't vote these Labour clowns In again and UKIP do sneak In, If not anyone has to be better than this shower that have bought Blackburn to It's knees.[/p][/quote]UKIP did poorly in the wards where they stood. Commenting is incorrect. Labour didn't get 50% of the vote this year - Labour got 62.5% of the vote in the Borough. Whichever way you look at it that is very good going and shows that of those voting a lot think Labour is doing a pretty good job in spite of the huge cuts imposed by central Govt.. * The Council year runs from May to May not September to September. So the move to change the Constitution is perfectly sensible and has nothing to do with Cllr Hollern's bid to become MP. * english rose 1
  • Score: -37

2:08am Wed 25 Jun 14

english rose 1 says...

M.DANNY wrote:
She is too old for the job, should have had a young energetic person for this job.This job involves spending times at Westminster in London and commuting to Blackburn and looks like she doesn't have energy for this job.
But most folk on this comment site think that MP's are lazy so and so's who sit about doing nothing all day....... so the job can easily be done by an older person ...
*
[quote][p][bold]M.DANNY[/bold] wrote: She is too old for the job, should have had a young energetic person for this job.This job involves spending times at Westminster in London and commuting to Blackburn and looks like she doesn't have energy for this job.[/p][/quote]But most folk on this comment site think that MP's are lazy so and so's who sit about doing nothing all day....... so the job can easily be done by an older person ... * english rose 1
  • Score: -24

12:12pm Wed 25 Jun 14

A Darener says...

Labour didn't get 50% of the vote this year - Labour got 62.5% of the vote in the Borough. Whichever way you look at it that is very good going and shows that of those voting a lot think Labour is doing a pretty good job in spite of the huge cuts imposed by central Govt..

If they think Labour is doing a pretty good job then thank goodness they aren't doing a bad job.
Labour didn't get 50% of the vote this year - Labour got 62.5% of the vote in the Borough. Whichever way you look at it that is very good going and shows that of those voting a lot think Labour is doing a pretty good job in spite of the huge cuts imposed by central Govt.. If they think Labour is doing a pretty good job then thank goodness they aren't doing a bad job. A Darener
  • Score: -11

2:09pm Wed 25 Jun 14

the beaver says...

english rose 1 wrote:
CorkyMac wrote:
Commenting wrote:
The changes will go through as she has the votes but it beggars belief that this is the first opportunity to change the constitution, the Labour group had the votes before last May elections.
Cllr Hollern is clearly hedging her bets for if she was not re-elected as leader in September, she may not be a free agent to manipulate the publicity she needed for the general election campaign next May.
The outcome next May is not however a foregone conclusion when the election statistics from this year are examined.
The Labour Party collected more than 50% of the vote of which about 18% came from the Asian electorate.
If next May a prominent party was to field a male Muslim candidate it is likely, given that Muslim men do not generally support females in elections, that this vote will be split. Depending on the numbers voting other than Labour and with the higher turnout at general elections, another party, possibly UKIP could sneak in.
Spot on! Kate Hollern Is looking after her own needs, wouldn't trust this one at all, which some would say, holds her In good stead to be a politician.

Let's hope people don't vote these Labour clowns In again and UKIP do sneak In, If not anyone has to be better than this shower that have bought Blackburn to It's knees.
UKIP did poorly in the wards where they stood. Commenting is incorrect. Labour didn't get 50% of the vote this year - Labour got 62.5% of the vote in the Borough. Whichever way you look at it that is very good going and shows that of those voting a lot think Labour is doing a pretty good job in spite of the huge cuts imposed by central Govt..
*
The Council year runs from May to May not September to September. So the move to change the Constitution is perfectly sensible and has nothing to do with Cllr Hollern's bid to become MP.
*
in spite of the huge cuts imposed by central Govt.. You are incorrect there. Cut imposed due to the last clueless government spending billions of pounds with no thought what so ever to having to pay it back. Get your facts right brown should be beheaded in the tower of London for what he has done to this country.
[quote][p][bold]english rose 1[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]CorkyMac[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Commenting[/bold] wrote: The changes will go through as she has the votes but it beggars belief that this is the first opportunity to change the constitution, the Labour group had the votes before last May elections. Cllr Hollern is clearly hedging her bets for if she was not re-elected as leader in September, she may not be a free agent to manipulate the publicity she needed for the general election campaign next May. The outcome next May is not however a foregone conclusion when the election statistics from this year are examined. The Labour Party collected more than 50% of the vote of which about 18% came from the Asian electorate. If next May a prominent party was to field a male Muslim candidate it is likely, given that Muslim men do not generally support females in elections, that this vote will be split. Depending on the numbers voting other than Labour and with the higher turnout at general elections, another party, possibly UKIP could sneak in.[/p][/quote]Spot on! Kate Hollern Is looking after her own needs, wouldn't trust this one at all, which some would say, holds her In good stead to be a politician. Let's hope people don't vote these Labour clowns In again and UKIP do sneak In, If not anyone has to be better than this shower that have bought Blackburn to It's knees.[/p][/quote]UKIP did poorly in the wards where they stood. Commenting is incorrect. Labour didn't get 50% of the vote this year - Labour got 62.5% of the vote in the Borough. Whichever way you look at it that is very good going and shows that of those voting a lot think Labour is doing a pretty good job in spite of the huge cuts imposed by central Govt.. * The Council year runs from May to May not September to September. So the move to change the Constitution is perfectly sensible and has nothing to do with Cllr Hollern's bid to become MP. *[/p][/quote]in spite of the huge cuts imposed by central Govt.. You are incorrect there. Cut imposed due to the last clueless government spending billions of pounds with no thought what so ever to having to pay it back. Get your facts right brown should be beheaded in the tower of London for what he has done to this country. the beaver
  • Score: 24

6:54pm Wed 25 Jun 14

phil kernot says...

Another pig with lipstick in the trough :)
Another pig with lipstick in the trough :) phil kernot
  • Score: 17

7:00pm Wed 25 Jun 14

CorkyMac says...

the beaver wrote:
english rose 1 wrote:
CorkyMac wrote:
Commenting wrote:
The changes will go through as she has the votes but it beggars belief that this is the first opportunity to change the constitution, the Labour group had the votes before last May elections.
Cllr Hollern is clearly hedging her bets for if she was not re-elected as leader in September, she may not be a free agent to manipulate the publicity she needed for the general election campaign next May.
The outcome next May is not however a foregone conclusion when the election statistics from this year are examined.
The Labour Party collected more than 50% of the vote of which about 18% came from the Asian electorate.
If next May a prominent party was to field a male Muslim candidate it is likely, given that Muslim men do not generally support females in elections, that this vote will be split. Depending on the numbers voting other than Labour and with the higher turnout at general elections, another party, possibly UKIP could sneak in.
Spot on! Kate Hollern Is looking after her own needs, wouldn't trust this one at all, which some would say, holds her In good stead to be a politician.

Let's hope people don't vote these Labour clowns In again and UKIP do sneak In, If not anyone has to be better than this shower that have bought Blackburn to It's knees.
UKIP did poorly in the wards where they stood. Commenting is incorrect. Labour didn't get 50% of the vote this year - Labour got 62.5% of the vote in the Borough. Whichever way you look at it that is very good going and shows that of those voting a lot think Labour is doing a pretty good job in spite of the huge cuts imposed by central Govt..
*
The Council year runs from May to May not September to September. So the move to change the Constitution is perfectly sensible and has nothing to do with Cllr Hollern's bid to become MP.
*
in spite of the huge cuts imposed by central Govt.. You are incorrect there. Cut imposed due to the last clueless government spending billions of pounds with no thought what so ever to having to pay it back. Get your facts right brown should be beheaded in the tower of London for what he has done to this country.
English Rose Is all about Labour, to the point she's trying to blind everybody else like herself. Best thing to do, Is just hope these Irritating Labour people fade away one day so Blackburn and Darwen can breath again.
[quote][p][bold]the beaver[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]english rose 1[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]CorkyMac[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Commenting[/bold] wrote: The changes will go through as she has the votes but it beggars belief that this is the first opportunity to change the constitution, the Labour group had the votes before last May elections. Cllr Hollern is clearly hedging her bets for if she was not re-elected as leader in September, she may not be a free agent to manipulate the publicity she needed for the general election campaign next May. The outcome next May is not however a foregone conclusion when the election statistics from this year are examined. The Labour Party collected more than 50% of the vote of which about 18% came from the Asian electorate. If next May a prominent party was to field a male Muslim candidate it is likely, given that Muslim men do not generally support females in elections, that this vote will be split. Depending on the numbers voting other than Labour and with the higher turnout at general elections, another party, possibly UKIP could sneak in.[/p][/quote]Spot on! Kate Hollern Is looking after her own needs, wouldn't trust this one at all, which some would say, holds her In good stead to be a politician. Let's hope people don't vote these Labour clowns In again and UKIP do sneak In, If not anyone has to be better than this shower that have bought Blackburn to It's knees.[/p][/quote]UKIP did poorly in the wards where they stood. Commenting is incorrect. Labour didn't get 50% of the vote this year - Labour got 62.5% of the vote in the Borough. Whichever way you look at it that is very good going and shows that of those voting a lot think Labour is doing a pretty good job in spite of the huge cuts imposed by central Govt.. * The Council year runs from May to May not September to September. So the move to change the Constitution is perfectly sensible and has nothing to do with Cllr Hollern's bid to become MP. *[/p][/quote]in spite of the huge cuts imposed by central Govt.. You are incorrect there. Cut imposed due to the last clueless government spending billions of pounds with no thought what so ever to having to pay it back. Get your facts right brown should be beheaded in the tower of London for what he has done to this country.[/p][/quote]English Rose Is all about Labour, to the point she's trying to blind everybody else like herself. Best thing to do, Is just hope these Irritating Labour people fade away one day so Blackburn and Darwen can breath again. CorkyMac
  • Score: 18

9:21pm Wed 25 Jun 14

Richard Pembrook says...

I don't know one person who lives in Darwen who wants to be "with" blackburn!
I don't know one person who lives in Darwen who wants to be "with" blackburn! Richard Pembrook
  • Score: 14

10:49pm Wed 25 Jun 14

Darwen Malc says...

Why would anyone want to vote for a Scot to represent them? And lets face it, Labour only appeals to minorities, mainly Muslims and Trade Unionists. What this country needs is progressive people with aspirations and good business sense, not die hard Dinosaurs!
Vote anything BUT Labour.
Why would anyone want to vote for a Scot to represent them? And lets face it, Labour only appeals to minorities, mainly Muslims and Trade Unionists. What this country needs is progressive people with aspirations and good business sense, not die hard Dinosaurs! Vote anything BUT Labour. Darwen Malc
  • Score: 16

10:50pm Wed 25 Jun 14

Darwen Malc says...

BTW, from what I've heard, English Rose is a well known DARWEN Labour councillor (Sunnyhurst, methinks).
BTW, from what I've heard, English Rose is a well known DARWEN Labour councillor (Sunnyhurst, methinks). Darwen Malc
  • Score: 13

10:54pm Wed 25 Jun 14

Darwen Malc says...

Richard Pembrook wrote:
I don't know one person who lives in Darwen who wants to be "with" blackburn!
And I heard that they didn't want the borough called 'Blackburn and Darwen' because the initials spelt BaD. Maybe they should have stuck with it as it best portrays what the council have made it!!
[quote][p][bold]Richard Pembrook[/bold] wrote: I don't know one person who lives in Darwen who wants to be "with" blackburn![/p][/quote]And I heard that they didn't want the borough called 'Blackburn and Darwen' because the initials spelt BaD. Maybe they should have stuck with it as it best portrays what the council have made it!! Darwen Malc
  • Score: 14

11:14pm Wed 25 Jun 14

the beaver says...

Darwen Malc wrote:
BTW, from what I've heard, English Rose is a well known DARWEN Labour councillor (Sunnyhurst, methinks).
She is defo labour councillor she talks utter ****
[quote][p][bold]Darwen Malc[/bold] wrote: BTW, from what I've heard, English Rose is a well known DARWEN Labour councillor (Sunnyhurst, methinks).[/p][/quote]She is defo labour councillor she talks utter **** the beaver
  • Score: 15

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