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Rossendale Borough Council election battle

Lancashire Telegraph: UP FOR GRABS: There are 12 seats being fought for in the Valley UP FOR GRABS: There are 12 seats being fought for in the Valley

ROSSENDALE is a Conservative stronghold – and that is not expected to change after this election.

Twelve seats on the borough council are up for grabs, but Labour are defending three of those.

And with the Tories holding a 10-ward lead over Labour, it is hard to see that being overturned.

The Conservatives currently have 21 seats compared to Labour’s 11, with three Liberal Democrats.

A key battleground will be Stacksteads, where local postmistress Jackie Oakes (Labour) is challenging Tory Fred Lynskey, who won the seat by a whisker last time around.

For their part, the Tories have run an energetic campaign in Goodshaw, where Labour group leader Alyson Barnes is up for election.

In addition, the Green Party, the Community First Party, the English Democrats and the National Front are all contesting one ward apiece.

Lib Dem Bob Sheffield is fighting on two fronts as the party’s General Election candidate for Rossendale and Darwen, and hoping to capture the Longholme ward against Mohammed Abdullah of the Conservatives and Labour’s Liz McInnes.

BALANCE OF POWER: Con 21, Lab 11, Lib Dems three.

SEATS UP FOR GRABS: 11.

WILL IT CHANGE HANDS? Would be a major surprise.

Candidates

Eden

Anne Cheetham, Conservatives
Simon Holland, Liberal Democrats
Nick Pilling, Labour.

Goodshaw

Alyson Barnes, Labour
Tony Justice, English Democrats
Sandra McWicker, Conservatives.

Greenfield

Sadaqut Amin, Liberal Democrats
Granville Morris, Conservatives
Marilyn Procter, Labour.

Greensclough

Jimmy Eaton, Conservatives
Amanda Hewlett, Labour
Bill Jackson, Liberal Democrats.

Hareholme

Colin Crawforth, Labour
Michael Pickup, Conservatives.

Helmshore

Brian Essex, Conservatives
Emma Harding, Labour.

Healey and Whitworth

David Barnes, Conservatives
Colin Cunningham, Liberal Democrats
Alan Neal, Community First
Sean Serridge, Labour.

Irwell

Kevin Bryant, National Front
Michael Christie, Conservatives
Graham Haworth, Labour
Helen Jackson, Green.

Longholme

Mohammed Abdullah, Conservatives
Liz McInnes, Labour
Bob Sheffield, Liberal Democrats.

Stacksteads

Fred Lynskey, Conservatives
Jackie Oakes, Labour.

Whitewell

Jean Hayler, Labour
Barbara Marriott, Conservatives
Jim Pilling, Liberal Democrats.

Worsley

Ann Kenyon, Labour
Mark Thomson, Conservatives.

Comments (4)

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11:55pm Tue 13 Apr 10

Doug Spencer says...

Amazing, no comments from Pull some strings !!!
Amazing, no comments from Pull some strings !!! Doug Spencer
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10:30am Wed 14 Apr 10

chrislancs says...

Does Rossendale need so many councilors? maybe a big cost saving could be made!
Chris Reid PPC
English Democrats
Hyndburn/Haslingden
Does Rossendale need so many councilors? maybe a big cost saving could be made! Chris Reid PPC English Democrats Hyndburn/Haslingden chrislancs
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8:51pm Wed 5 May 10

What's on says...

Once again your report is lacking - there is also an independent councillor - however you have chosen to forget him. Councillor Alan Neal is bidding for re-election. Rossendale Council has 36 councillors not 35.
Once again your report is lacking - there is also an independent councillor - however you have chosen to forget him. Councillor Alan Neal is bidding for re-election. Rossendale Council has 36 councillors not 35. What's on
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8:40am Thu 6 May 10

pull some strings says...

Calling Councillor Neal 'independent' is rather amusing.

Should be the Alan Neal 'self-interest' party. Or perhaps the 'accuse people of back handers by email but forget to add yourself to the list party'!!!!
Calling Councillor Neal 'independent' is rather amusing. Should be the Alan Neal 'self-interest' party. Or perhaps the 'accuse people of back handers by email but forget to add yourself to the list party'!!!! pull some strings
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