Burnley Borough Council election, 2008

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Elections to Burnley Borough Council in Lancashire, England were held on 1 May 2008. One third of the council was up for election and the Liberal Democrat party gained overall control of the council from no overall control.

Police launched an investigation on the day of the election into a fake Liberal Democrat leaflet which was distributed in Rosegrove and Gannow wards.[1] Following the election the Labour group leader Andy Tatchell was replaced by Julie Cooper.[2]

After the election, the composition of the council was

Election result[edit]

Burnley Local Election Result 2008
Party Seats Gains Losses Net gain/loss Seats % Votes % Votes +/−
  Liberal Democrat 9 5 0 +5 60.0 37.3 9,156 +3.1
  Labour 3 0 5 -5 20.0 27.8 6,833 +0.5
  Conservative 2 0 0 0 13.3 18.9 4,648 +3.5
  BNP 1 0 0 0 6.7 14.9 3,650 -2.6
  England First 0 0 0 0 0 1.0 254 -2.1

Ward results[edit]

Bank Hall
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Julie Cooper 621 43.5 -3.4
Liberal Democrat Asif Raja 571 40.0 -0.8
Conservative Paul Coates 237 16.6 +4.3
Majority 50 3.5 -2.6
Turnout 1,429 33.9
Labour hold Swing

Briercliffe
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Democrat Margaret Lishman 912 55.5 -3.2
BNP Patricia Thomson 326 19.9 -8.2
Conservative Susan Nutter 219 13.3 +7.0
Labour Laurence Embley 185 11.3 +1.2
Majority 586 35.6 +5.1
Turnout 1,642 35.7
Liberal Democrat hold Swing

Brunshaw
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Democrat Linda White 633 37.2 -0.9
Labour David Halsall 451 26.5 -1.5
BNP Paul McDevitt 384 22.6 -3.6
Conservative Arthur Coates 233 13.7 +6.0
Majority 182 10.7 +0.1
Turnout 1,701 34.1
Liberal Democrat gain from Labour Swing

Cliviger with Worsthorne
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Michael Heys 923 45.6 +7.6
Liberal Democrat Paula Riley 486 24.0 +14.4
England First Steven Smith 254 12.5 -4.3
Labour Brenda Lambert 214 10.6 +0.4
BNP Ben Smalley 149 7.4 -4.4
Majority 437 21.6 +0.4
Turnout 2,026 46.2
Conservative hold Swing

Coalclough with Deerplay
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Democrat Charles Bullas 953 66.6 -13.3
BNP Scott Atkinson 274 19.1 +19.1
Labour Joanne Whitaker 205 14.3 -5.8
Majority 679 47.5 -12.3
Turnout 1,432 35.0
Liberal Democrat hold Swing

Daneshouse with Stoneyholme
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Democrat Mohammed Malik 1,234 52.4 +12.4
Labour Shah Hussain 1,123 47.6 -12.4
Majority 111 4.8
Turnout 2,357 60.4
Liberal Democrat gain from Labour Swing

Gannow
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Democrat Justin Birtwistle 544 33.7 +0.7
BNP John Cave 473 29.3 +0.8
Labour Mark Townsend 386 23.9 -2.4
Conservative Sharon Everitt 212 13.1 +0.9
Majority 71 4.4 -0.1
Turnout 1,615 36.9
Liberal Democrat gain from Labour Swing

Gawthorpe
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Andy Tatchell 727 50.0 -3.1
BNP Christopher Vanns 289 19.9 -5.3
Conservative Barry Robinson 284 19.5 +7.0
Liberal Democrat Denise Embra 154 10.6 +1.4
Majority 438 30.1 +2.2
Turnout 1,454 31.1
Labour hold Swing

Hapton with Park
Party Candidate Votes % ±
BNP Sharon Wilkinson 674 38.6 +0.9
Labour Jean Cunningham 586 33.6 +3.2
Conservative Alan Marsden 323 18.5 +3.4
Liberal Democrat Vincent McCrae 162 9.3 -7.4
Majority 78 5.0 -2.3
Turnout 1,745 37.5
BNP hold Swing

Lanehead
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Democrat Bill Brindle 852 56.1 +13.5
Labour Peter Kenyon 357 23.5 -1.0
Conservative Michael Raistrick 309 20.4 +7.8
Majority 495 32.6 +14.4
Turnout 1,518 33.5
Liberal Democrat hold Swing

Queensgate
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Democrat Bill Bennett 740 47.2 +15.7
Labour Abid Sharif 571 36.4 +8.6
Conservative Brent Whittam 256 16.3 +1.2
Majority 169 10.8 +7.1
Turnout 1,567 37.1
Liberal Democrat hold Swing

Rosegrove with Lowerhouse
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Democrat Lynne Briggs 637 40.2 +11.9
BNP John Rowe 491 31.0 +0.3
Labour Marion Smith 293 18.5 -12.2
Conservative Peter Raistrick 164 10.3 +0.0
Majority 146 9.2
Turnout 1,585 33.6
Liberal Democrat gain from Labour Swing

Rosehill with Burnley Wood
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Democrat Karen Heseltine 742 52.6 +17.1
Labour Colette Bailey 353 25.0 -4.0
Conservative David Tierney 316 22.4 +5.8
Majority 389 27.6 +21.2
Turnout 1,411 31.4
Liberal Democrat gain from Labour Swing

Trinity
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Tony Lambert 497 42.4 +2.6
BNP David Shapcott 283 24.2 -4.4
Liberal Democrat Martyn Hurt 244 20.8 -3.3
Conservative Thomas Picton 147 12.6 +5.1
Majority 214 18.2 +7.0
Turnout 1,171 30.0
Labour hold Swing

Whittlefield with Ightenhill
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Peter Doyle 1,025 54.3 +0.8
BNP Joan Shapcott 307 16.3 +0.0
Liberal Democrat Michael McHugh 292 15.5 +1.5
Labour Angela Donovan 264 14.0 -2.2
Majority 718 38.0
Turnout 1,888 38.7 +1.6
Conservative hold Swing

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Probe into fake Burnley election leaflet". Lancashire Telegraph. 2008-05-01. Retrieved 2008-11-15. 
  2. ^ "Burnley Labour leader ousted". Lancashire Telegraph. 2008-05-05. Retrieved 2008-11-15.