Day of milestones at Pendle elections

Burnley and Pendle Citizen: Pendle Council leader Joe Cooney Pendle Council leader Joe Cooney

IT WAS a day of milestones as Pendle Council’s election results were declared yesterday.

There was little change in the borough’s political make-up as the Tories looked set to remain in minority control with Liberal Democrat support.

However, Thursday's poll saw Brian Parker become the country’s longest-serving British National Party councillor and the only party member still sitting in the north.

He retained his hold in Nelson’s Marsden ward with just six votes more than Tory, Neil McGowan.

Yesterday was also a breakthrough day for Conservative candidate Lyle Davy, aged just 18, who became the UK’s youngest councillor, ousting Lib Dem Lindsay Gaskell from the 16-year Liberal stronghold of Coates, Barnoldswick, with 49 votes, overturning a 365-vote majority.

Coun Davy’s fellow Tory and first-time runner Chris Jowett, 23, took the reins for Barrowford from long-standing Tory Jonathan Eyre, who has retired from his post.

A row broke out between Labour and BNP supporters as they left Pendle Leisure Centre, following yesterday's count, but police said they had received no complaints.

Labour unexpectedly snatched Brierfield from the Conservatives, with 27-year-old barrister Coun Yasser Iqbal ending Coun Pauline McCormick’s 40-year’s service for Reedley ward, by just 36 votes.

However overall, having only lost one seat to Labour, and gained one from the Lib Dems, the Tory-led council looks set to continue its current arrangement with the Liberals.

Leader of the council, Coun Joe Cooney, said he would be speaking to the Lib Dems, and is ‘hopeful’ they would reach an agreement, a sentiment shared by acting leader of the Lib Dems, Coun Tony Greaves.

Coun Greaves said: “I will be meeting with the leader of the council and suggesting an all party executive should run the borough.

“I would expect Labour to reject this, so the current situation will continue.”

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10:22am Tue 27 May 14

jenkinsroy says...

Time to start a fresh MR Cooney

Will you help me in this matter of no information of our COLNE?
COUNCILERS HERE NOT GETTING ANY REPLAYS OF THEM BY
EMAIL OR LETTERS WHY WILL YOU ASK THEM FOR ME.?
I am a resident of WATERSIDE COLNE where the lib dem where
In control before MAY and the way they treat us here was crap
And also they never replayed to any email I sent them on matter
Of COLNE so I voted a different way and so did a lot more people this MAY.
So what I am saying is if they wish me to vote them in the 2015 election
Thing need to start to change here in colne.
I for one will be watching your party and that of the lib dem round here
From now on so when your two parties get together remember
I will be here to ask you all question on all sorts of thing and if I get
No reply I will go ELSE where and get the information I seek
So could you bring this matter to the lib dem here in COLNE?
As I collect the information for the people in colne and give them your
Answer to my questions on matter that concern them and me
I have been doing this for many years so I do know the ins and outs
Of what is going on here in COLNE and thanks to me the old also know now
And people anybody that asks me to look into things for them when they are
Not happy with thing that are going on here I will look into it for them
And give them the answer’s I get back of the party I ask all I do is LOOK
FOR THE TRUE ANSWER, S FOR THEM SO THEY KNOW WHAT TO DO FOR THEM SELF.
Time to start a fresh MR Cooney Will you help me in this matter of no information of our COLNE? COUNCILERS HERE NOT GETTING ANY REPLAYS OF THEM BY EMAIL OR LETTERS WHY WILL YOU ASK THEM FOR ME.? I am a resident of WATERSIDE COLNE where the lib dem where In control before MAY and the way they treat us here was crap And also they never replayed to any email I sent them on matter Of COLNE so I voted a different way and so did a lot more people this MAY. So what I am saying is if they wish me to vote them in the 2015 election Thing need to start to change here in colne. I for one will be watching your party and that of the lib dem round here From now on so when your two parties get together remember I will be here to ask you all question on all sorts of thing and if I get No reply I will go ELSE where and get the information I seek So could you bring this matter to the lib dem here in COLNE? As I collect the information for the people in colne and give them your Answer to my questions on matter that concern them and me I have been doing this for many years so I do know the ins and outs Of what is going on here in COLNE and thanks to me the old also know now And people anybody that asks me to look into things for them when they are Not happy with thing that are going on here I will look into it for them And give them the answer’s I get back of the party I ask all I do is LOOK FOR THE TRUE ANSWER, S FOR THEM SO THEY KNOW WHAT TO DO FOR THEM SELF. jenkinsroy
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4:26pm Sat 31 May 14

justaworkinlad says...

Do we have any figures as to how many postal and proxy votes were cast this time?
Do we have any figures as to how many postal and proxy votes were cast this time? justaworkinlad
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8:57am Tue 3 Jun 14

jenkinsroy says...

Very good question justaworkinlad says..

I you wish I will ask all the M.P.on our county council
here in COLNE your comment question and let you
all know the outcome of their replay to me.?
And I will ask council, Coun Joe Cooney the same question O.K.
Very good question justaworkinlad says.. I you wish I will ask all the M.P.on our county council here in COLNE your comment question and let you all know the outcome of their replay to me.? And I will ask council, Coun Joe Cooney the same question O.K. jenkinsroy
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6:45am Sat 7 Jun 14

jenkinsroy says...

justaworkinlad says...

Do we have any figures as to how many postal and proxy votes were cast this time?
Sorry NO ONE is replying to email about this Question above
I have sent them ?
I will try to ask them there excuses for not replying O.K.
they know I will not give up till I get some sort of answer from them!
justaworkinlad says... Do we have any figures as to how many postal and proxy votes were cast this time? Sorry NO ONE is replying to email about this Question above I have sent them ? I will try to ask them there excuses for not replying O.K. they know I will not give up till I get some sort of answer from them! jenkinsroy
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