Hyndburn MP concerned about poverty in the borough

5:34pm Friday 24th January 2014

HYNDBURN MP Graham Jones said he was ‘concerned’ about poverty in the borough.

East Lancashire MP’s in Commons betting machines blast

Lancashire Telegraph: MP Graham Jones

9:59am Thursday 23rd January 2014

BETTING machines that allow punters to gamble £100 every 20 seconds have had ‘disastrous consequences’ in East Lancashire, an MP claimed yesterday.

MP Gordon Birtwistle faces rival for leadership

3:13pm Thursday 23rd January 2014

BURNLEY MP Gordon Birtwistle faces a second rival in his bid to become the Lib Dem’s deputy leader in the House of Commons.

Kate Hollern officially bids to succeed Jack Straw as Blackburn MP

Lancashire Telegraph: Council leader Kate Hollern

12:30pm Monday 20th January 2014

KATE Hollern has become the first Labour politician to officially bid to succeed Blackburn MP Jack Straw at next year’s general election.

East Lancashire MEP welcomes nuclear plants investment

2:45pm Friday 17th January 2014

EAST Lancashire MEP Sajjad Karim has welcomed the news that Lancashire-based Westinghouse has invested around £100m in three new nuclear plants in Cumbria.

Gordon Birtwistle wins apology from Labour

2:27pm Friday 17th January 2014

BURNLEY MP Gordon Birtwistle has won an apology from Labour over an attack on his senior LibDem colleague Vince Cable’s voting record.

Unite fight against North West job cuts

2:24pm Friday 17th January 2014

THE Unite union’s local authority members are forming a ‘war cabinet’ to help fight job and service cuts across the North West councils.

Ex-Burnley MP Peter Pike supports single authority ‘super-council’

2:18pm Friday 17th January 2014

A FORMER MP and ex-council leader has voiced support for the creation of a single authority to govern East Lancashire’s affairs.

Will Straw welcomed Andrew Gwynne to Darwen and Rawtenstall

Lancashire Telegraph: Will Straw will take on sitting MP Jake Berry at the next  General Election

3:43pm Thursday 16th January 2014

ROSSENDALE and Darwen parliamentary hopeful Will Straw welcomed the shadow health minister, Andrew Gwynne, to Darwen and Rawtenstall on Saturday as part of a nationwide campaign by the Labour Party.

Opposition to plans for new homes blasted by Burnley councillor

Lancashire Telegraph: Mark Townsend  says coalition is trying to destroy councils

12:50pm Wednesday 15th January 2014

A SENIOR Burnley councillor has blasted opposition to plans to build homes on the site of a community centre in Burnley Wood.

‘Worried’ government offers extra cash to East Lancs councils for applications to drill for shale

Lancashire Telegraph:

3:49pm Tuesday 14th January 2014

FRACKING firm Cuadrilla yesterday announced Lancashire communities where it drills for shale gas will get £100,000 each to spend on local projects.

‘Greater risk of poll fraud’ in East Lancashire

Lancashire Telegraph: Voting in East Morton yesterday

10:51am Thursday 9th January 2014

FOUR East Lancashire boroughs have been singled out for extra scrutiny in a bid to combat voting fraud.

UKIP leader cuts business summit in East Lancashire to a half-day

Lancashire Telegraph: CHIEF: UKIP’s Nigel Farage.

11:11am Tuesday 7th January 2014

UKIP leader Nigel Farage has cut a planned day-long business conference in East Lancashire to a half-day.

Minute’s silence cut from Nelson agenda following anonymous objections

3:11pm Tuesday 17th December 2013

A NELSON town councillor said she was ‘amazed’ after a planned minute’s silence for Nelson Mandela failed to go ahead.

Hyndburn MP worried over later retirement age plans

12:05pm Monday 16th December 2013

A BOROUGH MP has spoken of his concerns for the “hardest working” people in his constituency.

Pay rise plan for East Lancashire MPs is slammed

5:30pm Friday 13th December 2013

HYNDBURN MP Graham Jones has condemned plans to give MPs an 11 per cent pay rise in 2015 and called for the independent body which recommended it to be scrapped.

Former Burnley MP Peter Pike praised during tributes to Nelson Mandela

Lancashire Telegraph: Peter Pike

1:26pm Wednesday 11th December 2013

FORMER Burnley MP Peter Pike’s role in the Anti-Apartheid Movement was praised in Parliament on Monday during tributes to former South African president Nelson Mandela.

Three East Lancashire MPs would give away pay rise

Lancashire Telegraph: What we’ll do with the money...

2:00pm Tuesday 10th December 2013

JACK Straw has defended plans to give MPs an 11 per cent pay rise of £7,600 a year in 2015 as three colleagues pledged to give the extra to charity if re-elected.

Live LIVE BLOG: George Osborne's Autumn Statement

Lancashire Telegraph: WILL HE LISTEN? Chancellor George Osborne, who presents his Autumn Statement tomorrow

11:33am Thursday 5th December 2013

Live coverage of George Osborne's Autumn Statement.

Burnley bailiff service faces possible axe

10:00pm Monday 2nd December 2013

BURNLEY could be set to become the last local authority in Lancashire to ditch its own bailiff service.

PM's immigration plans a 'hill of beans' says East Lancashire MEP

Lancashire Telegraph: MEP Paul Nuttall

2:50pm Thursday 28th November 2013

NORTH WEST UKIP Euro-MP Paul Nuttall has branded David Cameron’s proposed restrictions on EU migrants as failing to amount to ‘a hill of beans.’

East Lancashire MEP welcomes EU budget feeze

4:18pm Monday 25th November 2013

AN East Lancashire MEP has welcomed a freeze in the EU budget for 2014.

Euro MP helping students to study abroad

2:01pm Friday 22nd November 2013

EURO MPs have extended a scheme helping North West universities send thousands of students abroad to study.

East Lancashire MEP celebrating success

4:02pm Thursday 21st November 2013

AN East Lancashire MEP is celebrating success after defending his over-50 ultra distance running championship.

Andrew Stephenson backs charity vInspired

3:20pm Wednesday 20th November 2013

PENDLE MP Andrew Stephenson has welcomed youth volunteering charity vInspired launching nominations for its annual national awards.

Louise Ellman visits Pendle Labour party

3:19pm Wednesday 20th November 2013

A FORMER leader of Lancashire, now an MP in Liverpool, was guest speaker at a Pendle Labour Party event.

Future Burnley leaders quiz Deputy PM Nick Clegg

Lancashire Telegraph: Nick Clegg, centre, with Matt, fifth left, and fellow delegates

11:20am Tuesday 19th November 2013

AN APPRENTICE has schooled deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg on how to get more young people involved with community work.

Labour candidate's campaign for respect for shopworkers

Lancashire Telegraph: Will Straw will take on sitting MP Jake Berry at the next  General Election

4:48pm Monday 18th November 2013

WILL Straw, Labour’s Parliamentary candidate for Rossendale, joined members of retail union Usdaw to campaign for respect for shopworkers.

Hyndburn MP hits out over proposed walk-in centre closure

10:00pm Monday 18th November 2013

HYNDBURN MP Graham Jones challenged health secretary Jeremy Hunt over the proposed closure of Accrington’s overspending walk-in centre.

Lancashire Police and Crime Commissioner expenses charge delay

Lancashire Telegraph: Commissioner Grunshaw in Blackburn recently

10:30am Friday 15th November 2013

LANCASHIRE Police and Crime Commissioner Clive Grunshaw has been forced to wait to find out whether he will face charges over his expenses when a county councillor.

Jack Straw stands by admission that Labour got it wrong over migrants

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5:00pm Thursday 14th November 2013

JACK Straw stands by his admission that dropping immigration restrictions on Eastern European migrants was a “spectacular mistake” after it unexpectedly hit national headlines.

East Lancashire MPs defend £2.5k energy claims

10:21am Monday 4th November 2013

MPS representing constituencies in East Lancashire have defended claiming a total of almost £2,500 in expenses for energy bills on their second homes or offices.

Jake Berry flies the flag for East Lancashire businesses support

3:38pm Thursday 31st October 2013

ROSSENDALE MP Jake Berry flew the flag for East Lancashire businesses in Westminster.

Jake Berry MP in call to Tesco boss over price of petrol

3:42pm Thursday 31st October 2013

JAKE Berry, MP for Rossendale, has called for the chief executive of Tesco to explain why petrol prices are so expensive in the Valley, compared to nearby Bury, Burnley and Accrington.

Labour lashed over HS2 by Pendle MP

10:10am Thursday 31st October 2013

PENDLE MP Andrew Stephenson has hit back at Labour’s opposition to the HS2 high speed rail link to the north of England.

MP Graham Jones turns the heat on David Cameron over energy bills

3:44pm Wednesday 30th October 2013

GRAHAM Jones, MP for Haslingden, has said people are ‘sick and tired of being left out of pocket because of David Cameron’s failure to stand up to the energy companies’.

Jack Straw wins praise from Alastair Campbell

Lancashire Telegraph: Blackburn MP Jack Straw faces legal action over 'rendition'

10:09am Tuesday 29th October 2013

ALASTAIR Campbell, Tony Blair’s former press secretary and keen Clarets supporter, has praised retiring Blackburn MP Jack Straw’s contribution to the town, East Lancashire, Britain and the world.

MP Gordon Birtwistle welcomes new GDP figures

12:46pm Tuesday 29th October 2013

BURNLEY MP Gordon Birtwistle, has welcomed new GDP figures showing that the economy grew by 0.8 per cent in the last quarter.

Burnley councillors turn down extra £200

12:45pm Monday 28th October 2013

COUNCILLORS in Burnley have rejected calls for an extra £200 per year in allowances for ‘backbench’ members.

Blackburn MP Jack Straw to step down at next general election

Lancashire Telegraph: JACK STRAW  Blackburn outside earnings: £150,000

9:00am Saturday 26th October 2013

JACK Straw announced he is stepping down as MP for Blackburn at the next general election. He surprised a meeting of the town’s Labour Party by telling them he was too old to represent the constituency for another seven years.

Q & A with Jack Straw

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9:00am Saturday 26th October 2013

SAT over a coffee in his town centre flat, local government reporter Bill Jacobs asked Mr Straw 12 key questions.

From Essex boy to 'Mr Blackburn' looking back at Jack Straw's career

Lancashire Telegraph: Archive photos of Jack Straw's 30 years as a Blackburn MP.

9:00am Saturday 26th October 2013

Jack Straw’s announcement last night that he would not fight the next General Election took most people by surprise. Local government reporter Bill Jacobs has covered the Essex boy who became ‘Mr Blackburn’ both at Westminster and in the town for more than 20 years. Here he assesses Jack’s career and achievements.

Tributes to Jack Straw following his announcement to step down

Lancashire Telegraph: Jack Straw

9:00am Saturday 26th October 2013

FORMER Labour Prime Minister Tony Blair “Jack Straw is a true Labour giant. I was lucky enough to have him in cabinet throughout my time as Prime Minister, where he put his brilliant mind to work on two of the most challenging briefs: Home and Foreign Affairs.

Rossendale and Darwen labour party candidate brands energy rise ‘a kick in the teeth'

9:30am Friday 25th October 2013

WILL Straw, the Labour party candidate looking to challenge Jake Berry MP for his Rossendale and Darwen seat at the next General Election, has said the energy price rise has come as ‘a kick in the teeth for many families’.

David Cameron’s vow over fixed-odds machines in East Lancashire

3:30pm Friday 25th October 2013

GAMBLING machines which East Lancashire punters poured £270m into last year could still be restricted, David Cameron said.

MP wears pink for campaign

2:57pm Friday 25th October 2013

NORTH West MEP Arlene McCarthy will today take part in Breast Cancer Campaign’s ‘Wear it Pink Day’.

£150m proposal to improve East Lancashire's transport links and widen M65

Lancashire Telegraph: Congestion on the A59

2:00pm Tuesday 15th October 2013

WIDENING the M65 to three lanes throughout, from the M61 at Clayton Brook to Blackburn, was promised yesterday as part of an ambitious strategy to improve transport links into East Lancashire.

Burnley leaders’ fury as top political magazine says town should be ‘left to die’

Lancashire Telegraph: Town leaders say developments such as the new University Technical College show Burnley is vibrant

12:08pm Monday 14th October 2013

BURNLEY’S political and business leaders have hit out at a national magazine after it said the Government should help people leave ‘decaying’ former industrial heartlands.

Alice in 'blunder land' as smoking caterpillar sparks council alert at Ewood Florist

Lancashire Telegraph: The Caterpillar

10:53am Friday 11th October 2013

A WOODEN caterpillar ‘smoking’ an unlit shisha pipe in a shop window sparked a council alert.

East Lancashire councils defend criticism of 15-minute appointments for elderly and disabled

Lancashire Telegraph: Steve Tingle of Blackburn with Darwen Council, agrees that budget cuts have made home care organisation more challenging.

8:00am Wednesday 9th October 2013

LANCASHIRE County and Blackburn with Darwen councils have defended their use of 15-minute appointments as part of wider care packages for the elderly, disabled and vulnerable.



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