A Hyndburn Conservative councillor will stand down at May's local elections after moving to the other side of Lancashire.

Cllr Susan Hayes, who represents St. Oswalds ward in Oswaldtwistle, now lives in Freckleton in the Fylde.

She has given up her post on the authority's audit committee and been replaced by Clayton-le-Moors Conservative Cllr Peter Edwards.

Following confirmation on the change at Hyndburn's Full Council on Thursday night, Spring Hill Labour Cllr Kimberley Whitehead has called on Cllr Hayes to resign from the authority with immediate effect.

She said: "The Labour group have been made aware Cllr Susan Hayes is alleged to have moved out of the area earlier last year and secondly is no longer a member of the Conservative Party, as is confirmed on her register of interests.

"During this period Cllr Hayes has remained chair of audit.

"The Labour group haven’t been made aware of any special circumstances that may have arisen during this time relating to Cllr Hayes and therefore this raises some significant questions for the controlling group.

"If it is fact Cllr Hayes is no longer a member of the Conservative Party, this will have an impact on representation on some of the committees she has presented at.

"The fact that a request seeking to remove Cllr Hayes from these committees is being presented to us at Full Council, tells us there’s more than meets the eye and clearly demonstrates that the Conservatives believe that she can no longer fulfil her responsibilities.

"I’d like to remind members that when a councillor last moved out of the area in 2021, that Labour councillor did the right thing and stepped down.

"The residents of St Oswald's in Oswaldtwistle are being let down and left with little representation and Hyndburn Labour would call on Cllr Hayes to do the right thing as the former councillor did and step down."

Cllr Peter Britcliffe, acting leader of Hyndburn Council and its Conservative group, said: "Cllr Hayes has moved to Freckleton and will stand down at May's local elections.

"By-elections cost money so it makes sense that she does so then.

"She remains a member of the Conservative Party"

Cllr Hayes declined to comment other than to confirm she is a Conservative Party member.

The other St Oswald's ward councillor - borough leader Cllr Marlene Haworth - is currently recovering from a stroke.

Hyndburn Council currently has 16 Conservative councillors, 16 Labour, two Greens and one Independent.