Pendle Borough Council election, 2006

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Map of the results of the 2006 Pendle Borough Council election. Liberal Democrats in yellow, Conservatives in blue, Labour in red and British National Party in dark blue. Wards in dark grey were not contested in 2006.

The 2006 Pendle Borough Council election took place on 4 May 2006 to elect members of Pendle Borough Council in Lancashire, England. One third of the council was up for election and the Liberal Democrats stayed in overall control of the council.[1]

After the election, the composition of the council was

Background[edit]

Before the election the Liberal Democrats held a majority with 29 seats, compared to 11 for the Conservatives, 7 for Labour and 1 seat was vacant.[3] 18 of the 49 seats on the council were contested at the election,[4] with 2 seats available in Reedley and Vivary Bridge wards.[3] Candidates in the election came from the Conservative, Labour and Liberal Democrat parties, as well as 7 from the British National Party.[3]

Election result[edit]

The results saw the Liberal Democrats retain a majority on the council,[5] while the British National Party won a first seat on the council.[6] Brian Parker gained Marsden for the British National Party from Labour by 80 votes, with the leader of the British National Party Nick Griffin saying he was "very pleased" and hoped "we can go on and progress in the future".[5] However the other parties expressed concern over the success for the British National Party.[5][7] Meanwhile, among the other successful candidates in the election was Liberal Democrat Naseem Shabnam, who became the first Asian woman councillor in Pendle after being elected in Brierfield ward.[8] Overall turnout in the election was 43.03%.[9]

Later in May Mohammed Iqbal was elected as the new leader of the Labour group on the council, after the previous leader Frank Clifford stood down at the election.[10] Also towards the end of the month, councillor Marlene Hill-Crane quit the Liberal Democrats to sit as an independent, due to a dispute over the regeneration of a former school.[11]

Pendle local election result 2006[9][12]
Party Seats Gains Losses Net gain/loss Seats % Votes % Votes +/−
  Liberal Democrat 9 2 2 0 50.0 40.6 11,547 -0.4%
  Conservative 4 1 0 +1 22.2 26.0 7,407 +2.9%
  Labour 4 1 3 -2 22.2 23.0 6,556 +0.3%
  BNP 1 1 0 +1 5.6 10.4 2,953 -0.2%

Ward results[edit]

Map of the results of the 2006 Pendle Borough Council election with ward names.
Barrowford[9][13]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Jonathan Eyre 740 45.2 +3.3
Liberal Democrat Allan Vickerman 712 43.5 +12.3
Labour Christine Stables 185 11.3 +2.9
Majority 28 1.7 -9.1
Turnout 1,637 41.7 -11.2
Conservative gain from Liberal Democrat Swing
Boulsworth[9][13]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Democrat Aaron Hurst 681 37.0 +1.1
Conservative Violet Vaughan 572 31.1 -4.5
BNP Thomas Boocock 463 25.2 +5.3
Labour Jillian Allanson 123 6.7 -1.9
Majority 109 5.9 +5.5
Turnout 1,839 46.4 -7.2
Liberal Democrat hold Swing
Bradley[9][13]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Mohammed Iqbal 951 46.0 +5.2
Liberal Democrat Saba Iftikhar 879 42.5 -9.5
Conservative Victoria Landriau 239 11.6 +4.4
Majority 72 3.5
Turnout 2,069 48.0 -8.7
Labour hold Swing
Brierfield[9][13]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Democrat Naseem Shabnam 623 40.1 -9.8
Labour Robert Allen 467 30.1 +6.6
Conservative Peter Jackson 464 29.9 +3.3
Majority 156 10.0 -13.2
Turnout 1,554 42.3 -14.1
Liberal Democrat gain from Labour Swing
Cloverhill[9][13]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Democrat Roy Edwards 726 44.2 -13.5
BNP Helen Mulligan 405 24.6 +6.8
Labour Colin Waite 358 21.8 +4.9
Conservative Michael Landriau 155 9.4 +1.8
Majority 321 19.5 -20.4
Turnout 1,644 43.3 -8.4
Liberal Democrat gain from Labour Swing
Coates[9][13]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Democrat Margaret Bell 1,002 64.6 +10.5
Conservative Sandra Sargeant 336 21.7 +8.9
Labour Lakhbir Randhawa 213 13.7 +2.9
Majority 666 42.9 +11.0
Turnout 1,551 39.1 -9.8
Liberal Democrat hold Swing
Craven[9][13]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Democrat David Whipp 923 50.3 +6.2
BNP John Stonnell 459 25.0 +3.1
Conservative Valerie Langtree 301 16.4 +2.2
Labour Sheila Wicks 151 8.2 -3.2
Majority 464 25.3 +3.1
Turnout 1,834 44.1 -5.8
Liberal Democrat hold Swing
Earby[9][13]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Christopher Tennant 1,100 59.2 +15.1
Liberal Democrat Doris Haigh 487 26.2 +1.9
Labour Peter Wilkinson 271 14.6 +2.1
Majority 613 33.0 +13.2
Turnout 1,858 42.2 -9.8
Conservative hold Swing
Horsfield[9][13]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Democrat Sharon Davies 681 43.2 +7.9
BNP Geoffrey Whitehead 454 28.8 +9.3
Labour Frank Allanson 251 15.9 -0.3
Conservative Geoffrey Riley 191 12.1 +2.1
Majority 227 14.4 -1.4
Turnout 1,577 39.9 -8.3
Liberal Democrat hold Swing
Marsden[9][13]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
BNP Brian Parker 417 38.3 +38.3
Labour Dorothy Ormrod 337 31.0 -13.8
Conservative Timothy Eyre 176 16.2 -17.4
Liberal Democrat David Dean 158 14.5 +14.5
Majority 80 7.4
Turnout 1,088 42.7 -2.8
BNP gain from Labour Swing
Reedley (2)[9][13]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Pauline McCormick 1,120
Conservative Joan Clegg 1,027
Liberal Democrat Audrey Westwell 554
Liberal Democrat Salma Naeem 375
Labour Anthony Martin 322
Turnout 3,398 46.1 -8.7
Conservative hold Swing
Conservative hold Swing
Southfield[9][13]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Sheena Dunn 527 42.9 +12.8
Liberal Democrat Malcolm Weinberg 491 40.0 -13.8
Conservative Joyce Myers 210 17.1 +1.0
Majority 36 2.9
Turnout 1,228 22.0 -23.5
Labour hold Swing
Vivary Bridge[9][13]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Democrat David Clegg 690
Liberal Democrat Howard Thomas 599
BNP Robert Cottage 403
BNP Trevor Dawson 352
Labour David Foat 248
Labour Dianne Tweedie 230
Conservative Smith Benson 206
Conservative Harold Ryder 157
Turnout 2,885 38.3 -4.9
Liberal Democrat hold Swing
Liberal Democrat hold Swing
Walverden[9][13]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour George Adam 673 50.9 +23.7
Liberal Democrat Abdul Malik 492 37.2 -14.1
Conservative Ann Jackson 156 11.8 -9.7
Majority 181 13.7
Turnout 1,321 50.7 -9.8
Labour hold Swing
Waterside[9][13]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Democrat Philip Boyle 677 58.5 +2.9
Labour Ian Tweedie 306 26.4 -0.5
Conservative Maureen Regan 174 15.0 -2.5
Majority 371 32.1 +3.4
Turnout 1,157 31.1 -9.4
Liberal Democrat hold Swing
Whitefield[9][13]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Asjad Mahmood 943 51.7 +13.0
Liberal Democrat Mahboob Ahmed 797 43.7 -11.8
Conservative Michelle Ainsworth 83 4.6 -1.1
Majority 146 8.0
Turnout 1,823 71.7 -6.5
Labour gain from Liberal Democrat Swing

References[edit]

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  6. ^ Tweedie, Neil (5 May 2006). "Candidates say Hodge helped BNP win seats". The Daily Telegraph. 
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