General election strip

Jack Straw rules himself out of Labour leadership contest

Lancashire Telegraph: Jack Straw among bookmakers favourites for Labour leader

9:50am Thursday 13th May 2010

WITH VIDEO OF DAVID MILIBAND. Blackburn MP Jack Straw has repeated that he will not be running in the leadership contest.

Prime Minister unveils his Cabinet

5:26pm Wednesday 12th May 2010

PRIME Minister David Cameron has put the finishing touches to his Cabinet, with key jobs for his Liberal Democrat coalition partners.

Conservative and Lib Dem coalition takes shape

Lancashire Telegraph: Prime Minister David Cameron (right) and Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg hold their first joint press conference in the Downing Street garden

4:40pm Wednesday 12th May 2010

UPDATE: David Cameron has hailed "a historic and seismic shift" in Britain's political landscape as he launched the country's first coalition government since the Second World War.

Introducing East Lancashire's four new MPs

Lancashire Telegraph: Jake Berry

4:34pm Tuesday 11th May 2010

AS the dust settles on the General Election, four first-time MPs are getting to grips with their new jobs.

Burnley's new Lib Dem MP backs Conservatives pact

Lancashire Telegraph: VICTORY: Gordon Birtwistle celebrates Thursday night’s

5:43pm Sunday 9th May 2010

NEWLY-elected Liberal Democrat MP Gordon Birthwistle has backed a proposed deal with the Conservatives after the country was left with a hung Parliament.

‘Swat teams’ prevent East Lancs polling station problems

Lancashire Telegraph: Election 2010: 'Serious concerns' after voters turned away

12:20am Sunday 9th May 2010

RESERVE council staff formed polling station ‘swat teams’ in East Lancashire to handle the queues of extra people who turned out to vote in the General Election.

Labour party reflects on three East Lancashire losses

Lancashire Telegraph: LABOUR LOSERS: Rossendale’s Janet Anderson, Pendle’s Gordon Prentice and Burnley’s Julie Cooper

9:30am Saturday 8th May 2010

LABOUR supporters are coming to terms with disastrous General Election results which saw the party wiped out in Burnley, Pendle and Rossendale & Darwen.

Conservatives seize Rossendale & Darwen

Lancashire Telegraph: JUBILANT: Jake Berry celebrates

4:40am Saturday 8th May 2010

UPDATE: New Darwen and Rossendale MP Jake Berry said people ‘had shown they are ready for change’ after the Conservatives took the seat for the first time in 18 years.

Dream result for Hyndburn Labour candidate

Lancashire Telegraph: OVERWHELMED: Graham Jones beams at his victory

4:20am Saturday 8th May 2010

UPDATE: Overjoyed Graham Jones reflected on his election triumph and said: “Last week I was clocking on as a factory worker and I will soon be heading to Westminster. It’s a dream.”

Jack Straw romps home in Blackburn

Lancashire Telegraph: CELEBRATION: A delighted Jack Straw celebrates with Labour supporters after he increased his majority

3:50am Saturday 8th May 2010

UPDATE: Straw hailed an 'astonishing vote of confidence' as he defied Labour's national woes and increased his majority in Blackburn.

Evans again as Tories hold Ribble Valley

Lancashire Telegraph: HAPPY MOOD: Nigel Evans enjoys another victorious election night

2:10am Saturday 8th May 2010

UPDATE: Cheers echoed through the hall as Nigel Evans secured a fourth successive election victory with an increased majority.

Labour's Lindsay Hoyle holds Chorley after recount

Lancashire Telegraph: Image from PictureGalleryModule_ID:3138481

7:40am Friday 7th May 2010

LABOUR'S Lindsay Hoyle hung on to the seat, winning his fourth term as an MP.

Labour lose Burnley to Lib Dems

Lancashire Telegraph: Gordon Birtwistle

3:30am Friday 7th May 2010

COUNCIL leader and hospital campaigner Gordon Birtwistle has become the first Liberal to be sent to Parliament by Burnley voters in 75 years.

Conservatives take Pendle from Labour

Lancashire Telegraph: DEFEATED: Gordon Prentice

2:30am Friday 7th May 2010

Labour lost out to the Tories in Pendle with Andrew Stephenson storming to victory - and booting out Gordon Prentice after 18 years.

Replay the Lancashire Telegraph election blog

Lancashire Telegraph: Lancashire Telegraph live election blog

7:00pm Friday 7th May 2010

LAST night and all through today, voters followed every twist and turn of the election with the Lancashire Telegraph live blog.

VIDEO: East Lancashire goes to the polls

Lancashire Telegraph: POLLING STATION: Voters at Padiham Baptist Church

12:50pm Thursday 6th May 2010

POLLING stations are open across East Lancashire until 10pm with hopes high for a big turnout.

East Lancashire campaign diary: polling day

Lancashire Telegraph: East Lancashire campaign diary: 16 days to go

11:39am Thursday 6th May 2010

Nobody in politics can doubt the power of the baseball cap - William Hague’s leadership of the Conservative Party never recovered from his disastrous outing wearing one in 2001.

Lancashire Telegraph readers quiz Blackburn candidates

Lancashire Telegraph: WEB CHAT: Labour candidate Jack Straw answers your questions

2:00pm Wednesday 5th May 2010

UPDATE: Three of the frontrunners to become Blackburn’s next MP are taking time out of campaigning today to answer your questions now.

Did East Lancs suffragettes campaign for vote in vain?

Lancashire Telegraph: ELECTION ISSUE: Nicola Marsden, Simone Khan and Jade Mason

11:40am Wednesday 5th May 2010

A hundred years ago, Nelson mill worker Selina Cooper was at the forefront of the suffragette movement, campaigning to get women the vote. We look at whether East Lancashire women are keeping Selina’s legacy alive.

East Lancashire campaign diary: 1 day to go

Lancashire Telegraph: East Lancashire campaign diary: 16 days to go

10:11am Wednesday 5th May 2010

Two years ago the For Darwen Party famously promised residents a 5,000-seater football stadium, using pictures of a 30,000 capacity ground in Oklahoma in their 2008 election leaflets.

Crime on agenda on Tory's Hyndburn and Haslingden visit

Lancashire Telegraph: WALKABOUT: Shadow Home Secretary Chris Grayling with Karen Buckley (centre), Conservative candidate for Hyndburn, chatting to shop owners, from left, Brenda Bottomley, Carol Monteverde and Rob Morris

8:22am Wednesday 5th May 2010

SHOPKEEPERS expressed their concerns about crime and anti-social behaviour to Shadow Home Secretary MP Chris Grayling during his visit to East Lancashire yesterday.

Election 2010 guide to a hung parliament

Lancashire Telegraph: Britain remains on course for a hung parliament, a poll showed

5:21pm Wednesday 5th May 2010

WITH constant talk of balanced and hung parliaments, here's a guide to explain what could happen tomorrow.

VIDEO: Tony Blair visits Darwen

Lancashire Telegraph: VISIT: Tony Blair in Darwen today

5:00pm Tuesday 4th May 2010

UPDATE: Former Prime Minister Tony Blair paid a surprise visit to East Lancashire today ahead of the General Election.

Pendle Labour candidate stakes £1k on schooling row with rival

Lancashire Telegraph: CLAIM: Afzal Anwar

3:41pm Tuesday 4th May 2010

LABOUR’S Pendle candidate Gordon Prentice has staked £1,000 on the continuing row over how his Liberal Democrat opponent educates his sons.

Row over Pendle Tories using East Europeans to deliver leaflets

Lancashire Telegraph: ‘STUDY PROGRAMME’:

12:45pm Tuesday 4th May 2010

CONSERVATIVES have been accused of hypocrisy after using a team of Eastern European’s to deliver campaign leaflets in Pendle.

East Lancashire campaign diary: 2 days to go

Lancashire Telegraph: East Lancashire campaign diary: 16 days to go

9:25am Tuesday 4th May 2010

ROSSENDALE and Darwen’s Conservative candidate Jake Berry has revealed he is partial to rare roast beef and a pint after some advice from a voter.

Row over Conservative 'atrocities' leaflet in Blackburn

Lancashire Telegraph: TORY CANDIDATE: Michael Law-Riding

9:10am Tuesday 4th May 2010

UPDATE: Defence Secretary Bob Ainsworth has branded an election leaflet circulated by Tories in Blackburn, apparently blaming Labour for 'atrocities' in Afghanistan and Iraq, as 'disgusting'.

Daily East Lancashire election poll

Lancashire Telegraph: ElectionLogo.jpg

8:10am Tuesday 4th May 2010

EVERY day in the run-up to the election, we're asking East Lancashire voters to decide on some key election issues. Today: Which of the three main parties has mounted the best campaign?

East Lancashire campaign diary: 3 days to go

Lancashire Telegraph: East Lancashire campaign diary: 16 days to go

9:48am Monday 3rd May 2010

* Council officials stepped in to remove a banner for Blackburn independent candidate Bushra Irfan from the former police building on King Street.

Liberal Democrat leader Nick Clegg visits Burnley

Lancashire Telegraph: CAMPAIGN TRAIL: Liberal Democrat leader Nick Clegg with party candidate Gordon Birtwistle

4:49pm Sunday 2nd May 2010

NICK Clegg said existing jobs were not under threat by his plans to scrap a multi-billion pound defence contract on a visit to East Lancashire.

East Lancashire campaign diary: 5 days to go

Lancashire Telegraph: East Lancashire campaign diary: 16 days to go

10:40am Saturday 1st May 2010

Not to be outdone by the Tories, Labour activists in Rossendale and Darwen reveal they too have had election posters and signs stolen.

The fight to be next Rossendale and Darwen MP

Lancashire Telegraph: The fight to be next Rossendale and Darwen MP

10:40am Saturday 1st May 2010

IN the final look at the seats up for grabs at the General Election on Thursday, we focus at Rossendale and Darwen. Labour’s Janet Anderson has held this constituency for 18 years but the bookies now make the Tories odds on to win.

Ken Clarke’s flying visit to Accrington to talk business

Lancashire Telegraph: QUIZZED: Ken Clarke answers questions  at the Globe Centre

8:52pm Friday 30th April 2010

ONE OF the best-known politicians of the past 20 years came to East Lancashire today on a flying campaign visit.

Shadow Chancellor gets a taste of life in Lancashire

Lancashire Telegraph: VISIT: Conservative candidate Andrew Stephenson, Bob Brownridge and George Osbourne during the visit to Weston Electrical, Foulridge

6:22pm Friday 30th April 2010

SHADOW Chancellor George Osborne hit the campaign trail in Lancashire today with a visit to an aerospace manufacturer before sampling delicacies at a historic market.

The fight to be next Hyndburn MP

Lancashire Telegraph: KEY ISSUES: Accrington town centre

3:06pm Friday 30th April 2010

THE battle for one marginal East Lancashire seat is hotting up after an internal row threatened to scupper the Tories’ chances. We lift the lid on the goings-on in Hyndburn.

East Lancashire campaign diary: 5 days to go

Lancashire Telegraph: East Lancashire campaign diary: 16 days to go

8:50am Friday 30th April 2010

The campaign in Rossendale and Darwen is fast turning into a soap opera, with two Coronation Street stalwarts taking opposite sides.

Straw soapbox arrives in Accrington

Lancashire Telegraph: Straw soapbox arrives in Accrington

9:36am Friday 30th April 2010

THE Labour soap box campaign led by Jack Straw and Labour parliamentary candidate for Hyndburn, Graham Jones, descended on Accrington.

Darwen band: Don’t waste the day - vote!

Lancashire Telegraph: FILM: Darwen rock band Outsider

9:34am Friday 30th April 2010

A DARWEN rock band is encouraging young people to vote on May 6.

Gordon Brown calls woman 'bigoted' on North West visit

Lancashire Telegraph: Gordon Brown speaks to local resident Gillian Duffy in Rochdale

9:40am Thursday 29th April 2010

UPDATE: Defiant East Lancashire Labour candidates have played down Gordon Brown’s ‘bigoted’ gaffe.

The fight to be next Chorley MP

Lancashire Telegraph: BELLWETHER: The town hall in Chorley

3:33pm Thursday 29th April 2010

IF history is anything to go by, Chorley is set to be a barometer of the national General Election result on May 4. We look at the battle for the seat.

The fight to be next Pendle MP

Lancashire Telegraph: The fight to be next Pendle MP

3:27pm Thursday 29th April 2010

THERE are few seats more keenly contested than Pendle, where the Conservatives have pulled out all the stops in an attempt to oust Labour, and the resurgent Liberal Democrats are in with a fighting chance.

East Lancashire campaign diary: 6 days to go

Lancashire Telegraph: East Lancashire campaign diary: 16 days to go

9:09am Thursday 29th April 2010

A furious row is brewing in Hyndburn, where the council has rushed through a decision to ban political parties from taking stalls on markets in Accrington and Great Harwood.

Housing minister on whistle-stop Burnley visit

Lancashire Telegraph: VISIT: John Healey is shown the area by Gordon Prentice.

9:24am Thursday 29th April 2010

HOUSING Minister John Healey is the latest politician to visit East Lancashire during the election campaign.

Burnley candidates clash over aerospace jobs at hustings

Lancashire Telegraph: JOBS DEBATE: The Bishop of Burnley  with candidates Julie Cooper, Richard Ali and Gordon Birtwistle before the hustings at Burnley St Stephen’s Church

11:00pm Wednesday 28th April 2010

THREE parliamentary candidates asked voters to put their faith in them come May 6 during a hustings gathering arranged by the Bishop of Burnley today.

Blackburn candidates clash in college debate

Lancashire Telegraph: DECISION TIME: The candidates

4:12pm Wednesday 28th April 2010

SIX OF the candidates vying to become Blackburn’s next MP clashed at a debate today.

More than 20,000 votes cast in Chorley already

3:09pm Wednesday 28th April 2010

ELECTION fever has arrived in Chorley with almost 50 per cent of people returning their postal votes in just three days.

Accrington headteacher backing Tory plans for schools

10:30am Wednesday 28th April 2010

AN East Lancashire headteacher is one of 31 school bosses from across the country who has backed plans to remove schools from local council control.

Row over schooling of Pendle election candidate's sons in Pakistan

Lancashire Telegraph: EXTENDED VISIT: Agent Lord Greaves

9:30am Wednesday 28th April 2010

A ROW has developed between two parliamentary rivals after it was revealed one candidate’s sons are being educated in Pakistan.

The fight to be next Burnley MP

Lancashire Telegraph: RACE FOR BURNLEY: the town's skyline

4:10pm Wednesday 28th April 2010

THE fight for Burnley is perhaps the most bitter in East Lancashire, which is a sign of how close the poll may be on May 6. We look at the battle and how a decision taken by health chiefs in September 2006 is dominating the campaign.

The fight to be next Blackburn MP

Lancashire Telegraph: RACE FOR BLACKBURN:  Town centre skyline

1:57pm Wednesday 28th April 2010

IT might have been Labour's since 1955, but the recent televised debates and subsequent seismic shifts in the polls mean the Blackburn seat is far harder to call than it was two weeks ago.



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