Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council

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Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council
Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council logo
Interim Mayor of Blackburn with Darwen
Cllr Derek Hardman, Labour
since 15th February 2021
Leader of the Council
Cllr Mohammed Khan OBE, Labour
since 19th May 2015
Deputy Leader
Cllr Andy Kay, Independent[1]
Leader of the Opposition
Cllr John Slater, Conservative
Chief Executive
Denise Park
Seats51 councillors[2]
Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council composition
Political groups
Administration (33)
  Labour (33)
Other Parties (16)
  Conservative (12)
  Liberal Democrat (2)
  Independent (2)
  Vacant (2)
Length of term
4 years
Last election
5 May 2016
Next election
3 May 2018
Arte et Labore
Meeting place
Blackburn Town Hall (old).jpg
Blackburn Town Hall

Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council is the local authority of Blackburn with Darwen in Lancashire. It is a unitary authority, having the powers of a non-metropolitan county and district council combined. From 2020 to 2021, the Mayor of Blackburn with Darwen was Cllr Iftakhar Hussain of the Labour Party. On February 15 2021, he resigned after breaching COVID-19 lockdown restrictions.

Political control[edit]

Since 1997 political control of the council has been held by the following parties:[3]

Party in control Years
Labour 1997–2007
No overall control 2007–2011
Labour 2011–present


  1. ^ "Blackburn council deputy suspended over 'anti-Semitic post'". January 22, 2020 – via
  2. ^ "Open Council Data UK - compositions councillors parties wards elections".
  3. ^ "Blackburn With Darwen". BBC News Online. 19 April 2008. Retrieved 5 February 2010.
Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Hammersmith and Fulham
LGC Council of the Year
Succeeded by