Burnley Borough Council election, 1998

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The 1998 Burnley Borough Council election took place on 7 May 1998 to elect members of Burnley Borough Council in Lancashire, England. One third of the council was up for election and the Labour party stayed in overall control of the council.[1]

An issue in the election were allegations that there had been misuse of the procedure for allocating council housing.[2] This saw 3 Labour councillors face disciplinary action, with the issue being described as "Burnleygate".[2]

The results saw three seats change hands with each of the Liberal Democrats, Conservatives and Independents gaining one seat from Labour.[3] The result in Lowerhouse ward saw former Labour councillor, Eddie Fisk, hold the seat as an independent.[3] Fisk defeated his nephew Sam Holgate who was the Labour candidate but stopped campaigning due to ill health and then resigned from the party as well.[3][4]

After the election, the composition of the council was

Election result[edit]

Burnley Local Election Result 1998[3][6]
Party Seats Gains Losses Net gain/loss Seats % Votes % Votes +/−
  Labour 11 0 3 -3 61.1 49.9 8,834
  Liberal Democrat 4 1 0 +1 22.2 29.5 5,228
  Independent 2 1 0 +1 11.1 8.9 1,570
  Conservative 1 1 0 +1 5.6 11.7 2,065

Ward results[edit]

Bank Hall[6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Independent R Chadwick 501 54.9
Labour A Aziz 412 45.1
Majority 89 9.8
Turnout 913 22.4
Independent gain from Labour Swing
Barclay[6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour S Wolski 333 55.1
Liberal Democrat M Brown 271 44.9
Majority 62 10.2
Turnout 604 18.8
Labour hold Swing
Briercliffe[6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrat MA Lishman 683 67.8
Labour SR Dumon 325 32.2
Majority 358 35.6
Turnout 1,008 22.4
Liberal Democrat hold Swing
Brunshaw[6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour AJ Rae 551 66.3
Liberal Democrat LK Whittaker 280 33.7
Majority 271 32.6
Turnout 831 22.6
Labour hold Swing
Brunshaw[6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour P Walsh 618 52.2
Conservative D Heginbotham 567 47.8
Majority 51 4.4
Turnout 1,185 27.1
Labour hold Swing
Coalclough with Deerplay[6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrat P McCann 662 67.3
Labour J Ormerod 322 32.7
Majority 340 34.6
Turnout 984 23.1
Liberal Democrat hold Swing
Daneshouse[6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrat RMA Khan 1,255 50.5
Labour SA Chaudhary 1,231 49.5
Majority 24 1.0
Turnout 2,486 61.4
Liberal Democrat hold Swing
Fulledge[6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour DS Halsall 626 75.2
Liberal Democrat CJ Thompson 128 15.4
Conservative DJ Tierney 79 9.5
Majority 498 59.8
Turnout 833 22.0
Labour hold Swing
Gawthorpe[6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour A Hudson 546 62.4
Conservative LA Dowding 189 21.6
Liberal Democrat M McHugh 140 16.0
Majority 367 40.8
Turnout 875 19.2
Labour hold Swing
Hapton[6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour J Harbour 532 58.1
Liberal Democrat C Howarth 383 41.9
Majority 149 16.2
Turnout 915 19.0
Labour hold Swing
Lanehead[6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour J Cavanagh 559 65.5
Liberal Democrat MJ McCann 294 34.5
Majority 265 31.0
Turnout 853 19.3
Labour hold Swing
Lowerhouse[6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Independent E Fisk 556 52.5
Labour SK Holgate 311 29.3
Conservative B Robinson 193 18.2
Majority 245 23.2
Turnout 1,060 24.7
Independent hold Swing
Queensgate[6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour PJ Kenyon 497 54.3
Independent AR Holder 306 33.4
Liberal Democrat MN Islam 113 12.3
Majority 191 20.9
Turnout 916 21.8
Labour hold Swing
Rosehill[6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrat B Hill 368 37.3
Conservative P Jones 327 33.1
Labour N Miah 292 29.6
Majority 41 4.2
Turnout 987 23.0
Liberal Democrat gain from Labour Swing
Trinity (2)[6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour A Lambert 437
Labour M Winder 419
Liberal Democrat DR Embra 218
Conservative E Parker 183
Turnout 1,257 23.8
Labour hold Swing
Labour hold Swing
Whittlefield with Ightenhill (2)[6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative I Fowler 527
Labour C Barber 441
Liberal Democrat PR Wright 433
Labour M Martin 382
Independent JA Holder 207
Turnout 1,990 21.4
Conservative gain from Labour Swing
Labour hold Swing

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Local Elections results". The Times. 9 May 1998. p. 46. 
  2. ^ a b "The North West - Liam Fogarty". BBC News Online. 1 May 1998. Retrieved 2009-12-20. 
  3. ^ a b c d "Fisk sweeps to victory in local elections". Lancashire Evening Telegraph. 8 May 1998. Retrieved 2009-12-20. 
  4. ^ "Call for proxy vote review after town hall elections". Lancashire Evening Telegraph. 7 May 1998. Retrieved 2009-12-20. 
  5. ^ "Policy and politics: Local Elections: Analysis: Council poll results". The Guardian. 9 May 1998. p. 16. 
  6. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q "Election results: Burnley". Lancashire Evening Telegraph. 8 May 1998. Retrieved 2009-12-20.