THE Tories have held on to their majority on Hyndburn Council after winning last night's Baxenden by-election.

Conservative candidate Terry Hurn held off a surge of votes for his teenage Labour rival David Hartley to take the seat.

Coun Hurn kept a majority of nearly 250 votes for the Tories.

Baxenden is seen as one of the safest Conservative seats in the borough.

The by-election was called after the death of long-term councillor John Griffiths in September.

The turnout was 36 per cent with 1,191 votes cast.


Bobby Anwar (UKIP) 17
David Hartley (Labour) 434
Terry Hurn (Conservative) 693
Lesley Wolstencroft (Independents in Hyndburn) 47