2010 Rossendale Borough Council election

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The 2010 Rossendale Borough Council election took place on 6 May 2010 to elect members of Rossendale Borough Council in Lancashire, England. One third of the council was up for election and the Conservative party stayed in overall control of the council.[1]

After the election, the composition of the council was

Background[edit]

Before the election the Conservatives ran the council with 21 seats compared to 11 for Labour, 3 for the Liberal Democrats and 1 for the Community First Party.[3] 12 seats were being contested and the Conservatives were strongly favoured to remain in control of the council.[3]

Candidates stood in the election from the Conservatives, Labour, Liberal Democrats, Community First, English Democrats, Greens and the National Front.[3] Before the election the key wards in the election were expected to be Goodshaw and Stacksteads.[3]

Election result[edit]

The results saw the Conservative maintain a majority on the council with 20 seats despite suffering a net loss of 1 seat to Labour.[2] Labour gained Stacksteads and Worsley from the Conservatives, but lost Irwell back to the Conservatives.[2] Labour also came up only 19 votes short of gaining Healey and Whitworth from the Community First councillor Alan Neal.[2] Overall turnout was high at 76.04% due to the election taking place at the same time as the 2010 general election.[2]

Rossendale Local Election Result 2010[2][4]
Party Seats Gains Losses Net gain/loss Seats % Votes % Votes +/−
  Conservative 5 1 2 -1 41.7 43.2 12,736 +0.8%
  Labour 5 2 1 +1 41.7 37.9 11,189 +7.5%
  Liberal Democrat 1 0 0 0 8.3 13.8 4,084 -3.9%
  Community First 1 0 0 0 8.3 2.0 583 +2.0%
  English Democrat 0 0 0 0 0 1.6 462 +1.6%
  National Front 0 0 0 0 0 0.9 265 +0.9%
  Green 0 0 0 0 0 0.7 195 +0.7%

Ward results[edit]

Eden[4]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Anne Cheetham 1,083 54.1 -25.4
Liberal Democrat Simon Holland 465 23.2 +23.2
Labour Nick Pilling 453 22.6 +2.1
Majority 618 30.9 -28.1
Turnout 2,001
Conservative hold Swing
Goodshaw[4]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Alyson Barnes 950 42.5 -12.8
Conservative Sandra McWicker 825 36.9 -7.8
English Democrat Tony Justice 462 20.7 +20.7
Majority 125 5.6 -5.0
Turnout 2,237
Labour hold Swing
Greenfield[4]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Granville Morris 1,476 50.0 -10.8
Labour Marilyn Procter 819 27.7 +9.9
Liberal Democrat Sadaqut Amin 658 22.3 +0.9
Majority 657 22.2 -17.2
Turnout 2,953
Conservative hold Swing
Greensclough[4]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Jimmy Eaton 1,428 50.8 +7.6
Liberal Democrat Bill Jackson 709 25.2 +11.4
Labour Amanda Hewlett 675 24.0 -2.1
Majority 719 25.6 +8.5
Turnout 2,812
Conservative hold Swing
Hareholme[4]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Colin Crawforth 1,401 52.4 +5.7
Conservative Michael Pickup 1,274 47.6 -5.7
Majority 127 4.7
Turnout 2,675
Labour hold Swing
Healey and Whitworth[4]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Community First Alan Neal 583 33.9 +33.9
Labour Sean Serridge 564 32.8 -2.3
Conservative David Barnes 381 22.2 -10.2
Liberal Democrat Colin Cunningham 192 11.2 +1.2
Majority 19 1.1
Turnout 1,720
Independent hold Swing
Helmshore[4]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Brian Essex 1,969 61.9 +1.8
Labour Emma Harding 1,212 38.1 +18.4
Majority 757 23.8 -16.6
Turnout 3,181
Conservative hold Swing
Irwell[4]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Michael Christie 984 43.1 +2.0
Labour Graham Haworth 837 36.7 +1.7
National Front Kevin Bryant 265 11.6 +11.6
Green Helen Jackson 195 8.5 +8.5
Majority 147 6.4 +0.3
Turnout 2,281
Conservative gain from Labour Swing
Longholme[4]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Liz McInnes 991 36.2 +4.2
Liberal Democrat Bob Sheffield 965 35.2 +35.2
Conservative Mohammed Abdullah 785 28.6 -16.3
Majority 26 0.9
Turnout 2,741
Labour hold Swing
Stacksteads[4]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Jackie Oakes 1,039 64.5 +7.2
Conservative Fred Lynskey 573 35.5 +5.5
Majority 466 28.9 +1.6
Turnout 1,612
Labour gain from Conservative Swing
Whitewell[4]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Democrat Jim Pilling 1,095 39.8
Conservative Barbara Marriott 833 30.2
Labour Jean Hayler 826 30.0
Majority 262 9.5
Turnout 2,754
Liberal Democrat hold Swing
Worsley[4]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Ann Kenyon 1,422 55.8 +7.3
Conservative Mark Thomson 1,125 44.2 -7.3
Majority 297 11.7
Turnout 2,547
Labour gain from Conservative Swing

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Rossendale". BBC News Online. 19 April 2009. Retrieved 10 May 2010.
  2. ^ a b c d e f "Rossendale bucks national trend as Labour gains one seat". Lancashire Telegraph. 8 May 2010. Retrieved 10 May 2010.
  3. ^ a b c d "Rossendale Borough Council election battle". Lancashire Telegraph. 5 May 2010. Retrieved 10 May 2010.
  4. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m "Borough Elections 2010". Rossendale Borough Council. Archived from the original on 16 July 2011. Retrieved 10 May 2010.