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Kate Hollern is Blackburn Labour Party's election choice

Lancashire Telegraph: Candidate Kate Hollern. Candidate Kate Hollern.

KATE Hollern, the current leader of Blackburn with Darwen Council, has been selected to stand for Labour in next year’s General Election.

The 57-year-old was a comfortable winner in the ballot in the Windsor Suite of King George’s Hall as Blackburn Labour Party chose their candidate to replace Jack Straw.

Mr Straw, the town’s MP for more than 30 years, announced he was stepping down last year, which sparked a fierce battle in the bid to succeed him.

Coun Hollern, who moved to Blackburn from Scotland 37 years ago, was always the strong favourite to see off competition from Sara Ibrahim, Ann Courtney and Naheed Arshad-Mather.

She has spent 19 years serving on Blackburn with Darwen Council, and is a former manager at Newman’s shoe factory and previously worked at Blackburn College.

Phil Riley, secretary of Blackburn Labour Party, said only one round of voting had been required to select Coun Hollern.

He said: “Kate Hollern received over 50 per cent of the vote in the first ballot, and was therefore elected as the Labour candidate.”

The vote would have gone to a second round had Coun Hollern not received at least half of the votes in the first ballot, but that was not required in the end. Around 150 members of the party gathered to cast their votes.

With 220 postal votes already cast that means around two thirds of the local party’s 550 members have taken part in the process.

Last night Coun Hollern was not available for comment.

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10:08am Mon 31 Mar 14

Ex-Darrener says...

Selected but not available for comment? That's a weird one. I would have thought a successful candidate would be shouting about it from the rooftops.
Selected but not available for comment? That's a weird one. I would have thought a successful candidate would be shouting about it from the rooftops. Ex-Darrener
  • Score: 44

10:10am Mon 31 Mar 14

NeverEnding says...

She must be Better than Jack Straw.
She must be Better than Jack Straw. NeverEnding
  • Score: -18

10:14am Mon 31 Mar 14

A Darener says...

Now there's a surprise!
Now there's a surprise! A Darener
  • Score: 42

10:14am Mon 31 Mar 14

caballo says...

NeverEnding wrote:
She must be Better than Jack Straw.
Care to wager?
[quote][p][bold]NeverEnding[/bold] wrote: She must be Better than Jack Straw.[/p][/quote]Care to wager? caballo
  • Score: 38

10:30am Mon 31 Mar 14

yyy's1 says...

Perhaps Phil Riley could explain why it was an all female list of candidates? Were males not allowed to be nominated? If that's the case it's a poor policy, in my opinion it should be the person best equipped for the job male or female.
Perhaps Phil Riley could explain why it was an all female list of candidates? Were males not allowed to be nominated? If that's the case it's a poor policy, in my opinion it should be the person best equipped for the job male or female. yyy's1
  • Score: 66

10:37am Mon 31 Mar 14

Reality50 says...

\Bad news for Blackburn as she will certainly get voted in as MP as Blackburn is a Labour town plus the fact is Hollern is very left wing even by Labour standards and is known to be very pro Islam and pro immigration. If you thought Jack Straw was bad then you ain't seen nothing yet!,
\Bad news for Blackburn as she will certainly get voted in as MP as Blackburn is a Labour town plus the fact is Hollern is very left wing even by Labour standards and is known to be very pro Islam and pro immigration. If you thought Jack Straw was bad then you ain't seen nothing yet!, Reality50
  • Score: 68

11:27am Mon 31 Mar 14

Lurid67 says...

Thank gawd I got out of Blackburn, another slimey mp for a slimey party and more ruination for Blackburn. Before anyone has a go.... Imo all politicians are slimey regardless of the colour of the party.
Thank gawd I got out of Blackburn, another slimey mp for a slimey party and more ruination for Blackburn. Before anyone has a go.... Imo all politicians are slimey regardless of the colour of the party. Lurid67
  • Score: 35

12:26pm Mon 31 Mar 14

peely says...

God help us !
God help us ! peely
  • Score: 30

12:31pm Mon 31 Mar 14

vicn1956 says...

Do I look bothered?

A goat would get voted as MP if it wore the right rosette.
Do I look bothered? A goat would get voted as MP if it wore the right rosette. vicn1956
  • Score: 36

12:54pm Mon 31 Mar 14

Pittss says...

It couldn't get worse, this council full of people whom have never worked in a real job or have proper qualifications. Over the years this council has run Blackburn into the ground, a crap shopping mall, a ridiculous traffic management system, no night life and a very unclear future. Now another person full of her own self importance who is totally out of her depth, voting on my behalf in Parliament. You couldn't make it up. Or could you?
It couldn't get worse, this council full of people whom have never worked in a real job or have proper qualifications. Over the years this council has run Blackburn into the ground, a crap shopping mall, a ridiculous traffic management system, no night life and a very unclear future. Now another person full of her own self importance who is totally out of her depth, voting on my behalf in Parliament. You couldn't make it up. Or could you? Pittss
  • Score: 43

1:16pm Mon 31 Mar 14

not too old to care says...

Blackburn Council's gain is Westminster's loss
Blackburn Council's gain is Westminster's loss not too old to care
  • Score: 10

1:20pm Mon 31 Mar 14

leyton says...

a millionaire in 6 years is now the norm for an MP.
a millionaire in 6 years is now the norm for an MP. leyton
  • Score: 33

1:26pm Mon 31 Mar 14

hasslem hasslem says...

more postal votes than people turning up in blackburn - now there's a surprise.
more postal votes than people turning up in blackburn - now there's a surprise. hasslem hasslem
  • Score: 39

1:54pm Mon 31 Mar 14

CorkyMac says...

People really do need to turn out and vote for another party or Blackburn will just carry on going from bad to worse under Labour. The town used to be a place to be proud of years ago, now I'm embarrassed to say I come from there. UKIP will be getting my vote If they are In the race, not just for Blackburn but the Country as a whole. Time for change folks?
People really do need to turn out and vote for another party or Blackburn will just carry on going from bad to worse under Labour. The town used to be a place to be proud of years ago, now I'm embarrassed to say I come from there. UKIP will be getting my vote If they are In the race, not just for Blackburn but the Country as a whole. Time for change folks? CorkyMac
  • Score: 30

2:47pm Mon 31 Mar 14

abetterblackburn says...

Voting Power?
I have voted for the original ‘Labour Party’ all of my life until after Tony Blair made it his own. I even voted for him that first time which must have been the biggest mistake of my life. ‘The Labour Party’ of old is no more. Now replaced by a party that has no structure or historical backbone. Still run by Tony Blair’s disciples who have already proven not be trusted and behave more like school children. Totally useless!

Jack Straw?
I remember some thirty odd years ago while on my way to ‘The Leeds Building Society’ in Blackburn to pay my monthly mortgage to see this strange looking man with large black rimmed spectacles standing on a wooden box. Very surprised after listening for a while to find out that those large black rimmed glasses belonged to Blackburn’s MP and a Labour representative as well. Later to find out that he was a ‘posh’ solicitor or something which was totally opposite to what I had always thought a ‘Labour’ representative to be. Giving the appearance of being a Conservative more than anything else. I went home unimpressed thinking no more about it.

MP for Blackburn?
Blackburn is a ‘Labour Party’ stronghold due to the hard times played during the industrial revolution. The majority of folk were the poor working class who required a political party that would look after them against the evil industrial owners. That party was ‘The Labour Party’ and nobody else but perhaps ‘The Liberal Party’ stood a chance of earning their votes. After ‘The Liberal Party’ disappeared from favour ‘The Labour Party’ became what the majority of folk in the area voted for. Anybody who stepped onto the political arena carrying ‘The Labour Party’ banner would be guaranteed peoples votes. No matter how good or bad they were. That’s how Jack Straw got to be MP for Blackburn and for no other reason!

Councillor Hollern is the councillor for. A poor so called working class area comprising many nationalities and for years blighted by prostitutes and street walkers. During Councillor Holler’s time spent there nothing has been seen to improve that situation and the whole area is still a depressing place with nothing that seems to have been improved. Councillor Hollern is also Blackburn with Darwen’s council leader and now ’New Labour’ leader as well. Goodness knows how she has been able to achieve all that other than by gaining power due to safe seat biased votes alone?

The future of Blackburn with Darwen?
Kate Hollern will be the next safe seat MP for Blackburn. Anyone carrying that once proud ‘Labour’ banner would be voted for. Then probably after a while Jack Straw‘s son will take over to save the day. Blackburn with Darwen is in such a dismal state due only to the fact that Jack Straw has transformed it to being what it is today. ‘The Labour Party’ voters of old voted for him due to voting favours alone. Sad that Blackburn has eventually come to this!

MP for Blackburn - Money for old rope!
Voting Power? I have voted for the original ‘Labour Party’ all of my life until after Tony Blair made it his own. I even voted for him that first time which must have been the biggest mistake of my life. ‘The Labour Party’ of old is no more. Now replaced by a party that has no structure or historical backbone. Still run by Tony Blair’s disciples who have already proven not be trusted and behave more like school children. Totally useless! Jack Straw? I remember some thirty odd years ago while on my way to ‘The Leeds Building Society’ in Blackburn to pay my monthly mortgage to see this strange looking man with large black rimmed spectacles standing on a wooden box. Very surprised after listening for a while to find out that those large black rimmed glasses belonged to Blackburn’s MP and a Labour representative as well. Later to find out that he was a ‘posh’ solicitor or something which was totally opposite to what I had always thought a ‘Labour’ representative to be. Giving the appearance of being a Conservative more than anything else. I went home unimpressed thinking no more about it. MP for Blackburn? Blackburn is a ‘Labour Party’ stronghold due to the hard times played during the industrial revolution. The majority of folk were the poor working class who required a political party that would look after them against the evil industrial owners. That party was ‘The Labour Party’ and nobody else but perhaps ‘The Liberal Party’ stood a chance of earning their votes. After ‘The Liberal Party’ disappeared from favour ‘The Labour Party’ became what the majority of folk in the area voted for. Anybody who stepped onto the political arena carrying ‘The Labour Party’ banner would be guaranteed peoples votes. No matter how good or bad they were. That’s how Jack Straw got to be MP for Blackburn and for no other reason! Councillor Hollern is the councillor for. A poor so called working class area comprising many nationalities and for years blighted by prostitutes and street walkers. During Councillor Holler’s time spent there nothing has been seen to improve that situation and the whole area is still a depressing place with nothing that seems to have been improved. Councillor Hollern is also Blackburn with Darwen’s council leader and now ’New Labour’ leader as well. Goodness knows how she has been able to achieve all that other than by gaining power due to safe seat biased votes alone? The future of Blackburn with Darwen? Kate Hollern will be the next safe seat MP for Blackburn. Anyone carrying that once proud ‘Labour’ banner would be voted for. Then probably after a while Jack Straw‘s son will take over to save the day. Blackburn with Darwen is in such a dismal state due only to the fact that Jack Straw has transformed it to being what it is today. ‘The Labour Party’ voters of old voted for him due to voting favours alone. Sad that Blackburn has eventually come to this! MP for Blackburn - Money for old rope! abetterblackburn
  • Score: 30

3:03pm Mon 31 Mar 14

noddymcleod says...

More than half voted by postal ballot, only 150 turned up to decide the town's next MP.
How many postal from Bastwell ward, which has over 50% of the total membership and is 90% Asian ?
More than half voted by postal ballot, only 150 turned up to decide the town's next MP. How many postal from Bastwell ward, which has over 50% of the total membership and is 90% Asian ? noddymcleod
  • Score: 28

3:08pm Mon 31 Mar 14

davemcb says...

Kate's probably out on the lash. After all, she's just won the feathering her own nest jackpot. She's got a great snout for the trough.
Kate's probably out on the lash. After all, she's just won the feathering her own nest jackpot. She's got a great snout for the trough. davemcb
  • Score: 29

3:26pm Mon 31 Mar 14

Pittss says...

Davemcb
Yes, I remember her when the council meetings were held in the Borough pub in the afternoons, 25 min meeting, 3 hours on the lash and on expenses, so was the taxi home. Have times changed much? I don't think so. Here starts another gravy train for her, or should it now be a Champagne train?
Davemcb Yes, I remember her when the council meetings were held in the Borough pub in the afternoons, 25 min meeting, 3 hours on the lash and on expenses, so was the taxi home. Have times changed much? I don't think so. Here starts another gravy train for her, or should it now be a Champagne train? Pittss
  • Score: 26

3:51pm Mon 31 Mar 14

Graham Hartley says...

The selected candidate was available for the photograph, but not for comment? Ah, LT photographed all the candidates before selection, innit.
The selected candidate was available for the photograph, but not for comment? Ah, LT photographed all the candidates before selection, innit. Graham Hartley
  • Score: 23

4:29pm Mon 31 Mar 14

woolywords says...

No surprise in this result and her not being available to comment is no wonder either.
That aside, when you consider the shambles of a government that we have at present, I can see her being both elected, as it's said that if they put a monkey up, it'll get elected and in this case, into government, to boot.
When you consider that we are ruled by a coalition of parties whom have utterly failed to tackle any of the things that are affecting the lives of working class people, where an obsession in debt reduction in the short term rather than medium, I predict a rather large majority for Labour in the next election and perhaps if they stick to what is in their manifesto, enjoying a few terms as well.
Those that think that the Labour Party is going a little to close to right of centre, have to realise that similar opinions will be expressed at grassroots, all across the land. They will want a purge of the Blairite people, to find a sense of kinship with 'traditional' Labour voters, if they have to have any hope of gaining power. Then, once elected, stick to a fiscal policy that keeps the economy stable and out of the boom and bust cycles that have plagued us for years. Pledge to reverse the 'bedroom ta', as it has done nothing but bring misery to many a working family.
Once all the troops are back from Afghanistan and other places, conduct a defence review and use any 'peace dividend' to finance single bedroom properties for social housing, as we are chronically short of them, in an area where private landlords are raking in huge sums from the Treasury by way of housing benefits.
No surprise in this result and her not being available to comment is no wonder either. That aside, when you consider the shambles of a government that we have at present, I can see her being both elected, as it's said that if they put a monkey up, it'll get elected and in this case, into government, to boot. When you consider that we are ruled by a coalition of parties whom have utterly failed to tackle any of the things that are affecting the lives of working class people, where an obsession in debt reduction in the short term rather than medium, I predict a rather large majority for Labour in the next election and perhaps if they stick to what is in their manifesto, enjoying a few terms as well. Those that think that the Labour Party is going a little to close to right of centre, have to realise that similar opinions will be expressed at grassroots, all across the land. They will want a purge of the Blairite people, to find a sense of kinship with 'traditional' Labour voters, if they have to have any hope of gaining power. Then, once elected, stick to a fiscal policy that keeps the economy stable and out of the boom and bust cycles that have plagued us for years. Pledge to reverse the 'bedroom ta', as it has done nothing but bring misery to many a working family. Once all the troops are back from Afghanistan and other places, conduct a defence review and use any 'peace dividend' to finance single bedroom properties for social housing, as we are chronically short of them, in an area where private landlords are raking in huge sums from the Treasury by way of housing benefits. woolywords
  • Score: -12

4:43pm Mon 31 Mar 14

hasslem hasslem says...

abetterblackburn wrote:
Voting Power?
I have voted for the original ‘Labour Party’ all of my life until after Tony Blair made it his own. I even voted for him that first time which must have been the biggest mistake of my life. ‘The Labour Party’ of old is no more. Now replaced by a party that has no structure or historical backbone. Still run by Tony Blair’s disciples who have already proven not be trusted and behave more like school children. Totally useless!

Jack Straw?
I remember some thirty odd years ago while on my way to ‘The Leeds Building Society’ in Blackburn to pay my monthly mortgage to see this strange looking man with large black rimmed spectacles standing on a wooden box. Very surprised after listening for a while to find out that those large black rimmed glasses belonged to Blackburn’s MP and a Labour representative as well. Later to find out that he was a ‘posh’ solicitor or something which was totally opposite to what I had always thought a ‘Labour’ representative to be. Giving the appearance of being a Conservative more than anything else. I went home unimpressed thinking no more about it.

MP for Blackburn?
Blackburn is a ‘Labour Party’ stronghold due to the hard times played during the industrial revolution. The majority of folk were the poor working class who required a political party that would look after them against the evil industrial owners. That party was ‘The Labour Party’ and nobody else but perhaps ‘The Liberal Party’ stood a chance of earning their votes. After ‘The Liberal Party’ disappeared from favour ‘The Labour Party’ became what the majority of folk in the area voted for. Anybody who stepped onto the political arena carrying ‘The Labour Party’ banner would be guaranteed peoples votes. No matter how good or bad they were. That’s how Jack Straw got to be MP for Blackburn and for no other reason!

Councillor Hollern is the councillor for. A poor so called working class area comprising many nationalities and for years blighted by prostitutes and street walkers. During Councillor Holler’s time spent there nothing has been seen to improve that situation and the whole area is still a depressing place with nothing that seems to have been improved. Councillor Hollern is also Blackburn with Darwen’s council leader and now ’New Labour’ leader as well. Goodness knows how she has been able to achieve all that other than by gaining power due to safe seat biased votes alone?

The future of Blackburn with Darwen?
Kate Hollern will be the next safe seat MP for Blackburn. Anyone carrying that once proud ‘Labour’ banner would be voted for. Then probably after a while Jack Straw‘s son will take over to save the day. Blackburn with Darwen is in such a dismal state due only to the fact that Jack Straw has transformed it to being what it is today. ‘The Labour Party’ voters of old voted for him due to voting favours alone. Sad that Blackburn has eventually come to this!

MP for Blackburn - Money for old rope!
what is wrong with having thick rimmed glasses? its a bit spectacalist! jack straw can't help having bad eyesight.

i am not jack's #1 fan - but he is hardly posh - should viscount benn not have represented the labour party then?

If you are so disillusioned form your own party - it seems you have all the answers.
[quote][p][bold]abetterblackburn[/bold] wrote: Voting Power? I have voted for the original ‘Labour Party’ all of my life until after Tony Blair made it his own. I even voted for him that first time which must have been the biggest mistake of my life. ‘The Labour Party’ of old is no more. Now replaced by a party that has no structure or historical backbone. Still run by Tony Blair’s disciples who have already proven not be trusted and behave more like school children. Totally useless! Jack Straw? I remember some thirty odd years ago while on my way to ‘The Leeds Building Society’ in Blackburn to pay my monthly mortgage to see this strange looking man with large black rimmed spectacles standing on a wooden box. Very surprised after listening for a while to find out that those large black rimmed glasses belonged to Blackburn’s MP and a Labour representative as well. Later to find out that he was a ‘posh’ solicitor or something which was totally opposite to what I had always thought a ‘Labour’ representative to be. Giving the appearance of being a Conservative more than anything else. I went home unimpressed thinking no more about it. MP for Blackburn? Blackburn is a ‘Labour Party’ stronghold due to the hard times played during the industrial revolution. The majority of folk were the poor working class who required a political party that would look after them against the evil industrial owners. That party was ‘The Labour Party’ and nobody else but perhaps ‘The Liberal Party’ stood a chance of earning their votes. After ‘The Liberal Party’ disappeared from favour ‘The Labour Party’ became what the majority of folk in the area voted for. Anybody who stepped onto the political arena carrying ‘The Labour Party’ banner would be guaranteed peoples votes. No matter how good or bad they were. That’s how Jack Straw got to be MP for Blackburn and for no other reason! Councillor Hollern is the councillor for. A poor so called working class area comprising many nationalities and for years blighted by prostitutes and street walkers. During Councillor Holler’s time spent there nothing has been seen to improve that situation and the whole area is still a depressing place with nothing that seems to have been improved. Councillor Hollern is also Blackburn with Darwen’s council leader and now ’New Labour’ leader as well. Goodness knows how she has been able to achieve all that other than by gaining power due to safe seat biased votes alone? The future of Blackburn with Darwen? Kate Hollern will be the next safe seat MP for Blackburn. Anyone carrying that once proud ‘Labour’ banner would be voted for. Then probably after a while Jack Straw‘s son will take over to save the day. Blackburn with Darwen is in such a dismal state due only to the fact that Jack Straw has transformed it to being what it is today. ‘The Labour Party’ voters of old voted for him due to voting favours alone. Sad that Blackburn has eventually come to this! MP for Blackburn - Money for old rope![/p][/quote]what is wrong with having thick rimmed glasses? its a bit spectacalist! jack straw can't help having bad eyesight. i am not jack's #1 fan - but he is hardly posh - should viscount benn not have represented the labour party then? If you are so disillusioned form your own party - it seems you have all the answers. hasslem hasslem
  • Score: -19

5:51pm Mon 31 Mar 14

abetterblackburn says...

To hasslem hasslem above:

There’s nothing wrong with thick rimmed glasses - providing it‘s not raining!

Not disillusioned from what used to be my own party either. Unfortunately ‘The Labour Party’ does not exist any more which is why I’m still disillusioned by the present Tony Blair ‘New Labour Party’ now run by his disciples.

There’s no political party that is worth voting for any more which is the reason not many people vote nationally. Best to just vote for your local representative for what he does and nothing more. The political parties are all rowing in the same direction and sinking fast. Nothing more than personal money making machines as the safe seats in Blackburn have proven to be!

Would you buy a car from any of them?
To hasslem hasslem above: There’s nothing wrong with thick rimmed glasses - providing it‘s not raining! Not disillusioned from what used to be my own party either. Unfortunately ‘The Labour Party’ does not exist any more which is why I’m still disillusioned by the present Tony Blair ‘New Labour Party’ now run by his disciples. There’s no political party that is worth voting for any more which is the reason not many people vote nationally. Best to just vote for your local representative for what he does and nothing more. The political parties are all rowing in the same direction and sinking fast. Nothing more than personal money making machines as the safe seats in Blackburn have proven to be! Would you buy a car from any of them? abetterblackburn
  • Score: 19

6:05pm Mon 31 Mar 14

onsidecobra says...

NeverEnding wrote:
She must be Better than Jack Straw.
Don't hold your breathe!
[quote][p][bold]NeverEnding[/bold] wrote: She must be Better than Jack Straw.[/p][/quote]Don't hold your breathe! onsidecobra
  • Score: 22

9:59pm Mon 31 Mar 14

M.DANNY says...

It was a very bad choice she is too old at 57 years of age ,she will be 58 if she is elected next year and will retire in five years with a fat pension.
We need a young energetic lady for the future of Blackburn who could attract investments for town of Blackburn.
I am sorry but Kate Hollern is too old for the job at age of 57.
Jack was a young man when he was elected back in 1979 and later became high profile cabinet Minister .Kate will be more of a back bench MP and that is not good for town of Blackburn.
It was a very bad choice she is too old at 57 years of age ,she will be 58 if she is elected next year and will retire in five years with a fat pension. We need a young energetic lady for the future of Blackburn who could attract investments for town of Blackburn. I am sorry but Kate Hollern is too old for the job at age of 57. Jack was a young man when he was elected back in 1979 and later became high profile cabinet Minister .Kate will be more of a back bench MP and that is not good for town of Blackburn. M.DANNY
  • Score: 20

10:20am Tue 1 Apr 14

vicn1956 says...

Didn't Gordon Brown pull a rabbit out of a hat to create the miracle of the end of boom and bust?
And you'd trust this lot with the economy again?
I give up!
Didn't Gordon Brown pull a rabbit out of a hat to create the miracle of the end of boom and bust? And you'd trust this lot with the economy again? I give up! vicn1956
  • Score: 21

1:01pm Tue 1 Apr 14

BlackburnEyes says...

The charade concludes with what was suspected a very very long time ago...so councillor benefit fraudster khan will be the new council leader....tut tut let's see what the majority will be next year I will not vote or donate yo the Blackburn labour party for the forseeable future
The charade concludes with what was suspected a very very long time ago...so councillor benefit fraudster khan will be the new council leader....tut tut let's see what the majority will be next year I will not vote or donate yo the Blackburn labour party for the forseeable future BlackburnEyes
  • Score: 20

3:31pm Tue 1 Apr 14

leyton says...

they reckon that 6 yeas as an MP you become a millionaire.
they reckon that 6 yeas as an MP you become a millionaire. leyton
  • Score: 12

6:02pm Tue 1 Apr 14

bow1974 says...

M.DANNY wrote:
It was a very bad choice she is too old at 57 years of age ,she will be 58 if she is elected next year and will retire in five years with a fat pension.
We need a young energetic lady for the future of Blackburn who could attract investments for town of Blackburn.
I am sorry but Kate Hollern is too old for the job at age of 57.
Jack was a young man when he was elected back in 1979 and later became high profile cabinet Minister .Kate will be more of a back bench MP and that is not good for town of Blackburn.
Yeah too true cnsrl carol walsh should have got the job at least she cares for her ward.
[quote][p][bold]M.DANNY[/bold] wrote: It was a very bad choice she is too old at 57 years of age ,she will be 58 if she is elected next year and will retire in five years with a fat pension. We need a young energetic lady for the future of Blackburn who could attract investments for town of Blackburn. I am sorry but Kate Hollern is too old for the job at age of 57. Jack was a young man when he was elected back in 1979 and later became high profile cabinet Minister .Kate will be more of a back bench MP and that is not good for town of Blackburn.[/p][/quote]Yeah too true cnsrl carol walsh should have got the job at least she cares for her ward. bow1974
  • Score: 13

11:18pm Tue 1 Apr 14

Darwen Malc says...

Don't know if its true or not but I heard that KH only came to BBurn when they wanted families to fill the newly constructed Fishmoor Drive estate, so encouraged Glasgow tenants of the dilapidated tenement blocks to relocate to BBurn for a better quality of life (all paid for by the DHSS (as was)). Freeloader or what? Blackburn gets what it deserves Watch out for the Sharia party winning the majority of the votes soon! Great - public stonings on the Boulevard?? (Oops, sorry, the EX- Cathedral quarter!)
Don't know if its true or not but I heard that KH only came to BBurn when they wanted families to fill the newly constructed Fishmoor Drive estate, so encouraged Glasgow tenants of the dilapidated tenement blocks to relocate to BBurn for a better quality of life (all paid for by the DHSS (as was)). Freeloader or what? Blackburn gets what it deserves Watch out for the Sharia party winning the majority of the votes soon! Great - public stonings on the Boulevard?? (Oops, sorry, the EX- Cathedral quarter!) Darwen Malc
  • Score: 17

12:16am Wed 2 Apr 14

mark anthony says...

A fiddler all the way
A fiddler all the way mark anthony
  • Score: 17

12:53pm Wed 2 Apr 14

ConcernedOssy says...

Wonder if she's also absent minded ( this can happen her age) it would certainly explain why she failed to appear will she be another absent MP who only remembers to claim expenses and fees ?? !!!
Wonder if she's also absent minded ( this can happen her age) it would certainly explain why she failed to appear will she be another absent MP who only remembers to claim expenses and fees ?? !!! ConcernedOssy
  • Score: 13

1:32pm Wed 2 Apr 14

ConcernedOssy says...

Surely she is worthy of an award for her contributions to the Chaos, demolition and destruction industry !!!!
Surely she is worthy of an award for her contributions to the Chaos, demolition and destruction industry !!!! ConcernedOssy
  • Score: 13

6:13pm Wed 2 Apr 14

ConcernedOssy says...

M.DANNY wrote:
It was a very bad choice she is too old at 57 years of age ,she will be 58 if she is elected next year and will retire in five years with a fat pension.
We need a young energetic lady for the future of Blackburn who could attract investments for town of Blackburn.
I am sorry but Kate Hollern is too old for the job at age of 57.
Jack was a young man when he was elected back in 1979 and later became high profile cabinet Minister .Kate will be more of a back bench MP and that is not good for town of Blackburn.
I think more park bench than back bench
[quote][p][bold]M.DANNY[/bold] wrote: It was a very bad choice she is too old at 57 years of age ,she will be 58 if she is elected next year and will retire in five years with a fat pension. We need a young energetic lady for the future of Blackburn who could attract investments for town of Blackburn. I am sorry but Kate Hollern is too old for the job at age of 57. Jack was a young man when he was elected back in 1979 and later became high profile cabinet Minister .Kate will be more of a back bench MP and that is not good for town of Blackburn.[/p][/quote]I think more park bench than back bench ConcernedOssy
  • Score: 12

6:14pm Wed 2 Apr 14

ConcernedOssy says...

onsidecobra wrote:
NeverEnding wrote:
She must be Better than Jack Straw.
Don't hold your breathe!
Especially today ! !
[quote][p][bold]onsidecobra[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]NeverEnding[/bold] wrote: She must be Better than Jack Straw.[/p][/quote]Don't hold your breathe![/p][/quote]Especially today ! ! ConcernedOssy
  • Score: -5

6:16pm Wed 2 Apr 14

ConcernedOssy says...

Wait until she's bought her thick rimmed glasses and soap box
Wait until she's bought her thick rimmed glasses and soap box ConcernedOssy
  • Score: 10

6:18pm Wed 2 Apr 14

ConcernedOssy says...

hasslem hasslem wrote:
more postal votes than people turning up in blackburn - now there's a surprise.
And they still managed to disallow more than 10 percent
[quote][p][bold]hasslem hasslem[/bold] wrote: more postal votes than people turning up in blackburn - now there's a surprise.[/p][/quote]And they still managed to disallow more than 10 percent ConcernedOssy
  • Score: 10

6:50pm Wed 2 Apr 14

samspence says...

Weve had lots of help from Kate over the years ,Despite being rude on the odd occasion. Who else would do the job better, certainly not some southerner who has only just heard of Blackburn Kate knows the town inside out.
Weve had lots of help from Kate over the years ,Despite being rude on the odd occasion. Who else would do the job better, certainly not some southerner who has only just heard of Blackburn Kate knows the town inside out. samspence
  • Score: -13

9:46pm Wed 2 Apr 14

ConcernedOssy says...

They say beauty is in the eye of the beholder perhaps they should have gone to spec savers first LOL
They say beauty is in the eye of the beholder perhaps they should have gone to spec savers first LOL ConcernedOssy
  • Score: 12

11:19pm Fri 4 Apr 14

Saj143 says...

Darwen Malc wrote:
Don't know if its true or not but I heard that KH only came to BBurn when they wanted families to fill the newly constructed Fishmoor Drive estate, so encouraged Glasgow tenants of the dilapidated tenement blocks to relocate to BBurn for a better quality of life (all paid for by the DHSS (as was)). Freeloader or what? Blackburn gets what it deserves Watch out for the Sharia party winning the majority of the votes soon! Great - public stonings on the Boulevard?? (Oops, sorry, the EX- Cathedral quarter!)
What a load of tripe....to55er .
[quote][p][bold]Darwen Malc[/bold] wrote: Don't know if its true or not but I heard that KH only came to BBurn when they wanted families to fill the newly constructed Fishmoor Drive estate, so encouraged Glasgow tenants of the dilapidated tenement blocks to relocate to BBurn for a better quality of life (all paid for by the DHSS (as was)). Freeloader or what? Blackburn gets what it deserves Watch out for the Sharia party winning the majority of the votes soon! Great - public stonings on the Boulevard?? (Oops, sorry, the EX- Cathedral quarter!)[/p][/quote]What a load of tripe....to55er . Saj143
  • Score: 6

11:20pm Fri 4 Apr 14

Saj143 says...

abetterblackburn wrote:
To hasslem hasslem above:

There’s nothing wrong with thick rimmed glasses - providing it‘s not raining!

Not disillusioned from what used to be my own party either. Unfortunately ‘The Labour Party’ does not exist any more which is why I’m still disillusioned by the present Tony Blair ‘New Labour Party’ now run by his disciples.

There’s no political party that is worth voting for any more which is the reason not many people vote nationally. Best to just vote for your local representative for what he does and nothing more. The political parties are all rowing in the same direction and sinking fast. Nothing more than personal money making machines as the safe seats in Blackburn have proven to be!

Would you buy a car from any of them?
Agree.
[quote][p][bold]abetterblackburn[/bold] wrote: To hasslem hasslem above: There’s nothing wrong with thick rimmed glasses - providing it‘s not raining! Not disillusioned from what used to be my own party either. Unfortunately ‘The Labour Party’ does not exist any more which is why I’m still disillusioned by the present Tony Blair ‘New Labour Party’ now run by his disciples. There’s no political party that is worth voting for any more which is the reason not many people vote nationally. Best to just vote for your local representative for what he does and nothing more. The political parties are all rowing in the same direction and sinking fast. Nothing more than personal money making machines as the safe seats in Blackburn have proven to be! Would you buy a car from any of them?[/p][/quote]Agree. Saj143
  • Score: 9

10:32am Sun 6 Apr 14

ConcernedOssy says...

M.DANNY wrote:
It was a very bad choice she is too old at 57 years of age ,she will be 58 if she is elected next year and will retire in five years with a fat pension.
We need a young energetic lady for the future of Blackburn who could attract investments for town of Blackburn.
I am sorry but Kate Hollern is too old for the job at age of 57.
Jack was a young man when he was elected back in 1979 and later became high profile cabinet Minister .Kate will be more of a back bench MP and that is not good for town of Blackburn.
She's probably only interested in what wil be a dramatic increase her pension entitlement very soon bet she can'wait !!
[quote][p][bold]M.DANNY[/bold] wrote: It was a very bad choice she is too old at 57 years of age ,she will be 58 if she is elected next year and will retire in five years with a fat pension. We need a young energetic lady for the future of Blackburn who could attract investments for town of Blackburn. I am sorry but Kate Hollern is too old for the job at age of 57. Jack was a young man when he was elected back in 1979 and later became high profile cabinet Minister .Kate will be more of a back bench MP and that is not good for town of Blackburn.[/p][/quote]She's probably only interested in what wil be a dramatic increase her pension entitlement very soon bet she can'wait !! ConcernedOssy
  • Score: 10

10:31pm Mon 21 Apr 14

ConcernedOssy says...

abetterblackburn wrote:
Voting Power?
I have voted for the original ‘Labour Party’ all of my life until after Tony Blair made it his own. I even voted for him that first time which must have been the biggest mistake of my life. ‘The Labour Party’ of old is no more. Now replaced by a party that has no structure or historical backbone. Still run by Tony Blair’s disciples who have already proven not be trusted and behave more like school children. Totally useless!

Jack Straw?
I remember some thirty odd years ago while on my way to ‘The Leeds Building Society’ in Blackburn to pay my monthly mortgage to see this strange looking man with large black rimmed spectacles standing on a wooden box. Very surprised after listening for a while to find out that those large black rimmed glasses belonged to Blackburn’s MP and a Labour representative as well. Later to find out that he was a ‘posh’ solicitor or something which was totally opposite to what I had always thought a ‘Labour’ representative to be. Giving the appearance of being a Conservative more than anything else. I went home unimpressed thinking no more about it.

MP for Blackburn?
Blackburn is a ‘Labour Party’ stronghold due to the hard times played during the industrial revolution. The majority of folk were the poor working class who required a political party that would look after them against the evil industrial owners. That party was ‘The Labour Party’ and nobody else but perhaps ‘The Liberal Party’ stood a chance of earning their votes. After ‘The Liberal Party’ disappeared from favour ‘The Labour Party’ became what the majority of folk in the area voted for. Anybody who stepped onto the political arena carrying ‘The Labour Party’ banner would be guaranteed peoples votes. No matter how good or bad they were. That’s how Jack Straw got to be MP for Blackburn and for no other reason!

Councillor Hollern is the councillor for. A poor so called working class area comprising many nationalities and for years blighted by prostitutes and street walkers. During Councillor Holler’s time spent there nothing has been seen to improve that situation and the whole area is still a depressing place with nothing that seems to have been improved. Councillor Hollern is also Blackburn with Darwen’s council leader and now ’New Labour’ leader as well. Goodness knows how she has been able to achieve all that other than by gaining power due to safe seat biased votes alone?

The future of Blackburn with Darwen?
Kate Hollern will be the next safe seat MP for Blackburn. Anyone carrying that once proud ‘Labour’ banner would be voted for. Then probably after a while Jack Straw‘s son will take over to save the day. Blackburn with Darwen is in such a dismal state due only to the fact that Jack Straw has transformed it to being what it is today. ‘The Labour Party’ voters of old voted for him due to voting favours alone. Sad that Blackburn has eventually come to this!

MP for Blackburn - Money for old rope!
Do you think she now convert to Muslim (if there's perks in you bet she will) She does know how to look after No1
[quote][p][bold]abetterblackburn[/bold] wrote: Voting Power? I have voted for the original ‘Labour Party’ all of my life until after Tony Blair made it his own. I even voted for him that first time which must have been the biggest mistake of my life. ‘The Labour Party’ of old is no more. Now replaced by a party that has no structure or historical backbone. Still run by Tony Blair’s disciples who have already proven not be trusted and behave more like school children. Totally useless! Jack Straw? I remember some thirty odd years ago while on my way to ‘The Leeds Building Society’ in Blackburn to pay my monthly mortgage to see this strange looking man with large black rimmed spectacles standing on a wooden box. Very surprised after listening for a while to find out that those large black rimmed glasses belonged to Blackburn’s MP and a Labour representative as well. Later to find out that he was a ‘posh’ solicitor or something which was totally opposite to what I had always thought a ‘Labour’ representative to be. Giving the appearance of being a Conservative more than anything else. I went home unimpressed thinking no more about it. MP for Blackburn? Blackburn is a ‘Labour Party’ stronghold due to the hard times played during the industrial revolution. The majority of folk were the poor working class who required a political party that would look after them against the evil industrial owners. That party was ‘The Labour Party’ and nobody else but perhaps ‘The Liberal Party’ stood a chance of earning their votes. After ‘The Liberal Party’ disappeared from favour ‘The Labour Party’ became what the majority of folk in the area voted for. Anybody who stepped onto the political arena carrying ‘The Labour Party’ banner would be guaranteed peoples votes. No matter how good or bad they were. That’s how Jack Straw got to be MP for Blackburn and for no other reason! Councillor Hollern is the councillor for. A poor so called working class area comprising many nationalities and for years blighted by prostitutes and street walkers. During Councillor Holler’s time spent there nothing has been seen to improve that situation and the whole area is still a depressing place with nothing that seems to have been improved. Councillor Hollern is also Blackburn with Darwen’s council leader and now ’New Labour’ leader as well. Goodness knows how she has been able to achieve all that other than by gaining power due to safe seat biased votes alone? The future of Blackburn with Darwen? Kate Hollern will be the next safe seat MP for Blackburn. Anyone carrying that once proud ‘Labour’ banner would be voted for. Then probably after a while Jack Straw‘s son will take over to save the day. Blackburn with Darwen is in such a dismal state due only to the fact that Jack Straw has transformed it to being what it is today. ‘The Labour Party’ voters of old voted for him due to voting favours alone. Sad that Blackburn has eventually come to this! MP for Blackburn - Money for old rope![/p][/quote]Do you think she now convert to Muslim (if there's perks in you bet she will) She does know how to look after No1 ConcernedOssy
  • Score: 6

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