Darwen's new mayor is named

SELECTED  Eileen Entwistle

SELECTED Eileen Entwistle

First published in News Lancashire Telegraph: Photograph of the Author by , Reporter

LONG-serving Darwen councillor Eileen Entwistle has spoken of her pride after being named the town council’s new mayor.

The Sudell representative was voted in as the new mayor at last night’s first meeting of the council since the local elections earlier this month.

Coun Entwistle will be assisted in running the council by Coun Trevor Maxfield, who was voted in as deputy chairman.

Coun Entwistle, who lives in Almond Street, has represented the Sudell area of the town for 26 years, including on Lancashire County Council until 1998.

She said: “It is an honour to be elected and I will try to do the best I can for the town and to promote the town as well as possible. I will go where the people want me to go and I hope to get to all the things mayors are expected to.”

This is Coun Entwistle’s first time as a town councillor, having not been elected to the initial town council in 2009.

She said: “It is a lot different to the borough and I don’t know the set-up. It is completely unknown territory for me.

"But I was born in Darwen and have never lived anywhere else, or wanted to live anywhere else, so to be mayor of Darwen is a real honour.”

Coun Entwistle was mayor of Blackburn with Darwen in 1992 and 1993 and before she retired worked at India Mill, Crown Wallcoverings and Crown Paints.

Of his new position, Coun Maxfield, who represents Earcroft, said: “It is an honour and I am quite looking forward to it. Steve Duncan, the previous deputy chairman, did a good job and these are interesting times.

“The town council does a lot of good little things around the town so I am pleased to be part of it.”

The elections on May 3 saw big changes on the town council where Labour took control, gaining six seats, while the For Darwen Party and Conservatives were left with no representation.

The council is now made up of eight Labour councillors and five Liberal Democrats.

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11:54am Wed 16 May 12

Darrenman says...

It is a pity that when checking the Darwen Town Council's website this morning it is only shown there are 5 members on the Council:
Browne
Davies
East
Maxfield
Smith
The new Mayor is not even list.
How long will it take for the website to be updated?
It is a pity that when checking the Darwen Town Council's website this morning it is only shown there are 5 members on the Council: Browne Davies East Maxfield Smith The new Mayor is not even list. How long will it take for the website to be updated? Darrenman
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12:27pm Wed 16 May 12

generalludd says...

The Mayor was only elected last night give them time, It took quite a few days for the election results to go up on the Blackburn With Darwen site and the have a budget of millions
The Mayor was only elected last night give them time, It took quite a few days for the election results to go up on the Blackburn With Darwen site and the have a budget of millions generalludd
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12:34pm Wed 16 May 12

darwenTower says...

I thought that Labour were vehemently opposed to the council, I had expected them to disband it.

Might be a different matter now they are in charge of it.
I thought that Labour were vehemently opposed to the council, I had expected them to disband it. Might be a different matter now they are in charge of it. darwenTower
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1:09pm Wed 16 May 12

mcfruity says...

Well done Eillen you are one of the nicest people I have ever met,an old fashioned political figure.
Well done Eillen you are one of the nicest people I have ever met,an old fashioned political figure. mcfruity
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3:38pm Wed 16 May 12

batesempire says...

Congratulations Eillen. Now the work starts but I am sure you will be up to the job.
Congratulations Eillen. Now the work starts but I am sure you will be up to the job. batesempire
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3:43pm Wed 16 May 12

danclough says...

Darrenman wrote:
It is a pity that when checking the Darwen Town Council's website this morning it is only shown there are 5 members on the Council:
Browne
Davies
East
Maxfield
Smith
The new Mayor is not even list.
How long will it take for the website to be updated?
Darrenman, I saw the same as you but it appears they are in the process of updating it now.
[quote][p][bold]Darrenman[/bold] wrote: It is a pity that when checking the Darwen Town Council's website this morning it is only shown there are 5 members on the Council: Browne Davies East Maxfield Smith The new Mayor is not even list. How long will it take for the website to be updated?[/p][/quote]Darrenman, I saw the same as you but it appears they are in the process of updating it now. danclough
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3:47pm Wed 16 May 12

CapitaBackHander says...

darwenTower wrote:
I thought that Labour were vehemently opposed to the council, I had expected them to disband it.

Might be a different matter now they are in charge of it.
They are but surely it would cost to ask the public whether they had realised what a waste of time it was. What happens if the same naive people vote yes keep it and the people who are not bothered about having one stay at home. Money wasted - question is would it be £100k wasted as it is at the moment?
[quote][p][bold]darwenTower[/bold] wrote: I thought that Labour were vehemently opposed to the council, I had expected them to disband it. Might be a different matter now they are in charge of it.[/p][/quote]They are but surely it would cost to ask the public whether they had realised what a waste of time it was. What happens if the same naive people vote yes keep it and the people who are not bothered about having one stay at home. Money wasted - question is would it be £100k wasted as it is at the moment? CapitaBackHander
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6:04pm Wed 16 May 12

darwenTower says...

CapitaBackHander wrote:
darwenTower wrote:
I thought that Labour were vehemently opposed to the council, I had expected them to disband it.

Might be a different matter now they are in charge of it.
They are but surely it would cost to ask the public whether they had realised what a waste of time it was. What happens if the same naive people vote yes keep it and the people who are not bothered about having one stay at home. Money wasted - question is would it be £100k wasted as it is at the moment?
So they don't want it but will happily take turns being the Mayor of it?

Given the support for The For Darwen Party at this election I doubt anyone would be voting for the council.
What a damp squib all round.
[quote][p][bold]CapitaBackHander[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]darwenTower[/bold] wrote: I thought that Labour were vehemently opposed to the council, I had expected them to disband it. Might be a different matter now they are in charge of it.[/p][/quote]They are but surely it would cost to ask the public whether they had realised what a waste of time it was. What happens if the same naive people vote yes keep it and the people who are not bothered about having one stay at home. Money wasted - question is would it be £100k wasted as it is at the moment?[/p][/quote]So they don't want it but will happily take turns being the Mayor of it? Given the support for The For Darwen Party at this election I doubt anyone would be voting for the council. What a damp squib all round. darwenTower
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9:41pm Wed 16 May 12

Viv says...

generalludd wrote:
The Mayor was only elected last night give them time, It took quite a few days for the election results to go up on the Blackburn With Darwen site and the have a budget of millions
I don't know where you were looking for the BwD council election results because they were posted on the BwD website within about 2 minutes of each ward result being announced at the count.

I'm still waiting to see the official election results for Darwen Town Council posted anywhere.
[quote][p][bold]generalludd[/bold] wrote: The Mayor was only elected last night give them time, It took quite a few days for the election results to go up on the Blackburn With Darwen site and the have a budget of millions[/p][/quote]I don't know where you were looking for the BwD council election results because they were posted on the BwD website within about 2 minutes of each ward result being announced at the count. I'm still waiting to see the official election results for Darwen Town Council posted anywhere. Viv
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1:32am Thu 17 May 12

english rose 1 says...

darwenTower wrote:
CapitaBackHander wrote:
darwenTower wrote:
I thought that Labour were vehemently opposed to the council, I had expected them to disband it.

Might be a different matter now they are in charge of it.
They are but surely it would cost to ask the public whether they had realised what a waste of time it was. What happens if the same naive people vote yes keep it and the people who are not bothered about having one stay at home. Money wasted - question is would it be £100k wasted as it is at the moment?
So they don't want it but will happily take turns being the Mayor of it?

Given the support for The For Darwen Party at this election I doubt anyone would be voting for the council.
What a damp squib all round.
Grooaannn.....Darwen Labour Party were not ''vehemently opposed to the council'' - altho' certain members were against it, - and some members for it. For the record, Darwen Labour Party's position at the time was that they would support the outcome of the referendum. Whether anyone likes it or not, - the majority that voted in the referendum voted 'yes'.
*
In order to disband the town council another referendum would be needed, - the cost of which is around £35,000.
[quote][p][bold]darwenTower[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]CapitaBackHander[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]darwenTower[/bold] wrote: I thought that Labour were vehemently opposed to the council, I had expected them to disband it. Might be a different matter now they are in charge of it.[/p][/quote]They are but surely it would cost to ask the public whether they had realised what a waste of time it was. What happens if the same naive people vote yes keep it and the people who are not bothered about having one stay at home. Money wasted - question is would it be £100k wasted as it is at the moment?[/p][/quote]So they don't want it but will happily take turns being the Mayor of it? Given the support for The For Darwen Party at this election I doubt anyone would be voting for the council. What a damp squib all round.[/p][/quote]Grooaannn.....Darwen Labour Party were not ''vehemently opposed to the council'' - altho' certain members were against it, - and some members for it. For the record, Darwen Labour Party's position at the time was that they would support the outcome of the referendum. Whether anyone likes it or not, - the majority that voted in the referendum voted 'yes'. * In order to disband the town council another referendum would be needed, - the cost of which is around £35,000. english rose 1
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1:39am Thu 17 May 12

english rose 1 says...

The Town Council website has now been updated (I've just looked !!).
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The Town Council election results are on the BwD BC website

http://www.blackburn
.gov.uk/upload/pdf/D
TCPNTresults.pdf
The Town Council website has now been updated (I've just looked !!). * The Town Council election results are on the BwD BC website http://www.blackburn .gov.uk/upload/pdf/D TCPNTresults.pdf english rose 1
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11:50am Thu 17 May 12

Viv says...

Thank you for the information English Rose :-)
Thank you for the information English Rose :-) Viv
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12:28pm Thu 17 May 12

district01 says...

What a shame Tony Blair’s New Labour Party had ever existed. Tony Blair has done very well for himself despite the troubles he caused. But the problem is that his political children are still there running it!

Eileen Entwistle is a good person and hope that she will return to the Labour party of old!
What a shame Tony Blair’s New Labour Party had ever existed. Tony Blair has done very well for himself despite the troubles he caused. But the problem is that his political children are still there running it! Eileen Entwistle is a good person and hope that she will return to the Labour party of old! district01
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1:47pm Thu 17 May 12

english rose 1 says...

'Tony Blair's New Labour Party' never existed district01 !
*
Have a look on your Party card and it never ever said 'Tony Blair's New Labour Party' !
*
It only exists in your mind.
'Tony Blair's New Labour Party' never existed district01 ! * Have a look on your Party card and it never ever said 'Tony Blair's New Labour Party' ! * It only exists in your mind. english rose 1
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2:44pm Thu 17 May 12

louderfasterlonger says...

Deplomacy and strength of character....Eileen has been a tireless worker for our community for decades and I wish her all the best.
Deplomacy and strength of character....Eileen has been a tireless worker for our community for decades and I wish her all the best. louderfasterlonger
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5:07pm Thu 17 May 12

happycyclist says...

louderfasterlonger wrote:
Deplomacy and strength of character....Eileen has been a tireless worker for our community for decades and I wish her all the best.
seconded
[quote][p][bold]louderfasterlonger[/bold] wrote: Deplomacy and strength of character....Eileen has been a tireless worker for our community for decades and I wish her all the best.[/p][/quote]seconded happycyclist
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12:44pm Fri 18 May 12

district01 says...

To a blooming English rose: Tony Blair was elected to be in charge of a Labour party and he made it his own. He is responsible for bringing that once proud party down to it’s knees and his helpers during those false over spending days are still there. Some even contributed towards Tony Blair’s evil involvements during the invasion of Iraq and now trying to distance themselves from those involvements in their retirements.

All trust has now gone. All that remains are cheap and childish comments and gestures from the Ball‘s trio and their miserable hangers on. Those with Blair are the same ones who contributed towards the economical downfall that we all experience today. But may they be thankful to all of those old Labour party voters who are now providing those same past leaders with their astonishing personal wealth survival skills.

Our country needs a credible Labour party and not Tony Blair hangers on!
To a blooming English rose: Tony Blair was elected to be in charge of a Labour party and he made it his own. He is responsible for bringing that once proud party down to it’s knees and his helpers during those false over spending days are still there. Some even contributed towards Tony Blair’s evil involvements during the invasion of Iraq and now trying to distance themselves from those involvements in their retirements. All trust has now gone. All that remains are cheap and childish comments and gestures from the Ball‘s trio and their miserable hangers on. Those with Blair are the same ones who contributed towards the economical downfall that we all experience today. But may they be thankful to all of those old Labour party voters who are now providing those same past leaders with their astonishing personal wealth survival skills. Our country needs a credible Labour party and not Tony Blair hangers on! district01
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3:11pm Fri 18 May 12

english rose 1 says...

district 01 - how many elections did Labour win with Blair as Leader ?? Unfortunately you can't grasp that compared to other Prime Ministers Blair was able and relatively popular.
district 01 - how many elections did Labour win with Blair as Leader ?? Unfortunately you can't grasp that compared to other Prime Ministers Blair was able and relatively popular. english rose 1
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6:15pm Fri 18 May 12

district01 says...

english rose: Blair sold endless temptations and lots of people wanted to believe him without realising his vote winning lies and war mongering self promotional tendencies. The only winner is the now extremely wealthy Blair. His political children left to amend their own mistakes and misjudgements. What a shame for all of those life long Labour supporters to have been misled so severely.

End of trying to explain the obvious!
english rose: Blair sold endless temptations and lots of people wanted to believe him without realising his vote winning lies and war mongering self promotional tendencies. The only winner is the now extremely wealthy Blair. His political children left to amend their own mistakes and misjudgements. What a shame for all of those life long Labour supporters to have been misled so severely. End of trying to explain the obvious! district01
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12:42am Sat 19 May 12

english rose 1 says...

But it isn't obvious district 01. The Labour Party won 3 elections with Blair as Leader because they did a lot of good things (too numerous too mention). Ok, they did some bad things as well - the most obvious being supportive of the US in the Iraq war. But overall he did very well by the country.
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Presumably you preferred Michael Foot. But how many elections did he win ??
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Your postering only allows the Tories to get elected with their reactionary policies. They were the winners - not ''old labour''.
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Tell me, why did Labour under 'left wing' Michael Foot not win the election ?
But it isn't obvious district 01. The Labour Party won 3 elections with Blair as Leader because they did a lot of good things (too numerous too mention). Ok, they did some bad things as well - the most obvious being supportive of the US in the Iraq war. But overall he did very well by the country. * Presumably you preferred Michael Foot. But how many elections did he win ?? * Your postering only allows the Tories to get elected with their reactionary policies. They were the winners - not ''old labour''. * Tell me, why did Labour under 'left wing' Michael Foot not win the election ? english rose 1
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11:53am Sat 19 May 12

district01 says...

english rose: Please keep well. But do try to not let their problems become yours!
english rose: Please keep well. But do try to not let their problems become yours! district01
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11:55pm Sat 19 May 12

Darwen Malc says...

Look, forget national politics. Eileen has always been a good councillor and I do not agree with her political views but I cannot disregard the good work she has done for the ward over the years so I say well done Eileen, you deserve the position and I hope you enjoy your tenure.
Look, forget national politics. Eileen has always been a good councillor and I do not agree with her political views but I cannot disregard the good work she has done for the ward over the years so I say well done Eileen, you deserve the position and I hope you enjoy your tenure. Darwen Malc
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7:27pm Sun 20 May 12

OBT2 says...

Eileen Entwistle. Salt of the earth and an all round good lady. I've had the pleasure of meeting her on numerous occasions and she never shuns you or what you have to say.
Well done Eileen, very well deserved and I'm more than certain you will do a marvellous job.
Eileen Entwistle. Salt of the earth and an all round good lady. I've had the pleasure of meeting her on numerous occasions and she never shuns you or what you have to say. Well done Eileen, very well deserved and I'm more than certain you will do a marvellous job. OBT2
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