Pendle Borough Council election, 2004

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Map of the results of the 2004 Pendle Borough Council election. Liberal Democrats in yellow, Conservatives in blue and Labour in red. Wards in dark grey were not contested in 2004.

The 2004 Pendle Borough Council election took place on 10 June 2004 to elect members of Pendle Borough Council in Lancashire, England. One third of the council was up for election and the Liberal Democrats gained overall control of the council from no overall control.[1]

After the election, the composition of the council was

Campaign[edit]

Before the election the Liberal Democrats were the largest party on the council with 24 seats, but without a majority as there were 13 Labour, 11 Conservative and 1 independent councillors.[3] The election had 16 seats being contested by a total of 58 candidates.[3] Both the Labour and Conservative parties contested every seat, while the Liberal Democrats had candidates in 15 seats.[3] The other candidates were 8 from the British National Party, 2 independents and 1 from the United Kingdom Independence Party.[3] 12 sitting councillors defended their seats, with a further 2, Judith Robinson and Fred Hartley, contesting different wards to the ones they held.[3] Several previous councillors also attempted to win back seats on the council including Lord Tony Greaves for the Liberal Democrats.[3]

The election was held under all postal voting and took place at the same time as the 2004 European election.[3]

Election result[edit]

The results saw the Liberal Democrats win a majority on the council,[4] after gaining 5 seats from Labour[5] and 1 from an independent.[6] The Liberal Democrats took 11 of the 16 seats contested, with gains in Nelson which previously had been a strongly Labour area, to hold 30 of the 49 seats on the council.[6] Labour losses included 3 sitting councillors in the wards of Brierfield, Clover Hill and Whitefield, and the party dropped to fourth place in other wards.[6]

Meanwhile, the Conservatives held the seats they had been defending and came within 8 votes of defeating the Liberal Democrat leader of the council Alan Davies.[6] No other group won any seats, but the British National Party, standing in half of the wards, won 10% of the vote and came second in some seats.[6]

Following the election the Liberal Democrats took all 10 seats on the council executive.[7]

Pendle local election result 2004[8][9]
Party Seats Gains Losses Net gain/loss Seats % Votes % Votes +/−
  Liberal Democrat 11 6 0 +6 68.8 41.0 12,446 -3.5%
  Conservative 3 0 0 0 18.8 23.1 7,021 -0.9%
  Labour 2 0 5 -5 12.5 22.7 6,871 +1.3%
  BNP 0 0 0 0 0 10.6 3,219 +3.3%
  Independent 0 0 1 -1 0 2.0 603 -0.2%
  UKIP 0 0 0 0 0 0.6 170 +0.6%

Ward results[edit]

Barrowford[8][10]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Anthony Beckett 873 41.9 +10.9
Liberal Democrat Michael Simpson 649 31.2 +1.8
BNP Trevor Dawson 385 18.5 -8.0
Labour Jillian Smith 176 8.4 -4.8
Majority 224 10.8 +9.2
Turnout 2,083 52.9 +6.4
Conservative hold Swing
Boulsworth[8][10]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Democrat Alan Davies 747 35.9
Conservative Michael Calvert 739 35.6
BNP Thomas Boocock 413 19.9
Labour David Johns 179 8.6
Majority 8 0.4
Turnout 2,078 53.6 +17.0
Liberal Democrat hold Swing
Bradley[8][10]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Democrat Donna Caley 1,239 52.0 -10.4
Labour Mohammad Sakib 971 40.8 +3.2
Conservative Victoria Landriau 171 7.2 +7.2
Majority 268 11.3 -13.6
Turnout 2,381 56.7 +9.8
Liberal Democrat gain from Independent Swing
Brierfield[8][10]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Democrat Francis Wren 1,024 49.9 -0.9
Conservative Ann Tattersall 547 26.6 +6.1
Labour Pauline Allen 483 23.5 -1.9
Majority 477 23.2 -2.2
Turnout 2,054 56.4 +11.5
Liberal Democrat gain from Labour Swing
Clover Hill[8][10]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Democrat David Foster 1,109 57.7 +13.9
BNP Michael Brennan 342 17.8 -8.0
Labour Neil Akrigg 325 16.9 -8.5
Conservative Michael Landriau 147 7.6 +2.6
Majority 767 39.9 +21.9
Turnout 1,923 51.7 +4.0
Liberal Democrat gain from Labour Swing
Coates[8][10]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Democrat Marjorie Adams 1,057 54.1 -1.3
BNP John Stonnell 434 22.2 +0.1
Conservative Barbara Davison 250 12.8 +6.5
Labour William Skinner 211 10.8 +0.9
Majority 623 31.9 -1.4
Turnout 1,952 48.9 +4.1
Liberal Democrat hold Swing
Craven[8][10]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Democrat Mary Norcross 899 44.1 -9.6
BNP Geoffrey Whitehead 447 21.9 +21.9
Conservative Valerie Langtree 290 14.2 +1.3
Labour Helen Ingham 232 11.4 -22.0
UKIP Dorothy Baxter 170 8.3 +8.3
Majority 452 22.2 +2.0
Turnout 2,038 49.9 +9.1
Liberal Democrat hold Swing
Earby[8][10]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Rosemary Carroll 998 44.1 -4.9
Liberal Democrat Timothy Haigh 549 24.3 -14.9
BNP Brian Parker 432 19.1 +19.1
Labour David Foat 284 12.5 +0.7
Majority 449 19.8 +10.1
Turnout 2,263 52.0 +13.4
Conservative hold Swing
Horsfield[8][10]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Democrat Dorothy Lord 659 35.3 -6.5
BNP Anthony Locke 364 19.5 +19.5
Independent Peter Nowland 356 19.1 -6.3
Labour Gerard McCabe 302 16.2 -2.0
Conservative Janet Riley 186 10.0 -1.5
Majority 295 15.8 -0.7
Turnout 1,867 48.2 +17.5
Liberal Democrat hold Swing
Marsden[8][10]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Gary Rowland 512 44.8
Conservative Benjamin Gascoigne 384 33.6
Independent Frederick Hartley 247 21.6
Majority 128 11.2
Turnout 1,143 45.5 +7.3
Labour hold Swing
Reedley[8][10]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Willie Clegg 1,201 54.8 +1.3
Labour Robert Allen 547 25.0 -6.9
Liberal Democrat Shahzad Abdullah 442 20.2 +5.5
Majority 654 29.9 +8.3
Turnout 2,190 54.8 +10.6
Conservative hold Swing
Southfield[8][10]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Democrat Judith Robinson 905 53.8 -3.0
Labour Sheila Wicks 506 30.1 +4.4
Conservative Peter Wildman 270 16.1 +6.7
Majority 399 23.7 -7.4
Turnout 1,681 45.5 +5.7
Liberal Democrat gain from Labour Swing
Vivary Bridge[8][10]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour David Whalley 582 33.5 +7.9
Liberal Democrat David Robinson 488 28.1 -6.1
BNP Robert Cottage 402 23.2 -6.9
Conservative Harold Ryder 263 15.2 +5.1
Majority 94 5.4
Turnout 1,735 43.2 +6.2
Labour hold Swing
Walverden[8][10]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Democrat Murtazah Zaman 800 51.3
Labour Frank Allanson 425 27.2
Conservative Ann Jackson 335 21.5
Majority 375 24.0
Turnout 1,560 60.5 +8.5
Liberal Democrat hold Swing
Waterside[8][10]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Democrat Anthony Greaves 816 55.6 +7.5
Labour Ian Tweedie 395 26.9 -6.7
Conservative Maureen Regan 257 17.5 +4.7
Majority 421 28.7 +14.2
Turnout 1,468 40.5 +10.4
Liberal Democrat gain from Labour Swing
Whitefield[8][10]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Democrat Nadeem Ahmed 1,063 55.5
Labour Asjad Mahmood 741 38.7
Conservative Michelle Ainsworth 110 5.7
Majority 322 16.8
Turnout 1,914 78.2 +8.1
Liberal Democrat gain from Labour Swing

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Pendle council". BBC News Online. Retrieved 6 February 2011. 
  2. ^ "Local councils". Financial Times. 12 June 2004. p. 7. 
  3. ^ a b c d e f g "BNP to fight 8 seats". Burnley Express. 14 May 2004. 
  4. ^ "Postal voting system needs fraud check, officials say". The Times. 11 June 2004. p. 1. 
  5. ^ Charter, David (12 June 2004). "How Labour slowly realised that its time was up". The Times. p. 24. 
  6. ^ a b c d e "Liberals take control of council after epic election victory". Burnley Express. 14 June 2004. 
  7. ^ "Cabinet control justified". Burnley Express. 2 July 2004. 
  8. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q "Election results". Pendle Borough Council. Archived from the original on 6 June 2014. Retrieved 6 February 2011. 
  9. ^ "Ballot box". The Times. 12 June 2004. p. 26. 
  10. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p "Pendle election results". Burnley Express. 11 June 2004.