Map of the results of the 2012 Pendle Borough Council election. Labour in red, Conservatives in blue and Liberal Democrats in yellow. Wards in dark grey were not contested in 2012.
Map of the results of the 2012 Pendle Borough Council election. Labour in red, Conservatives in blue and Liberal Democrats in yellow. Wards in dark grey were not contested in 2012.

The 2012 Pendle Borough Council election took place on 3 May 2012 to elect members of Pendle Borough Council in Lancashire, England. One third of the council was up for election and the council stayed under no overall control.[1]

After the election, the composition of the council was

Background

Before the election the Conservatives had 18 seats on the council, Labour 16, the Liberal Democrats 12, British National Party 2 and there was 1 independent.[3] 17 seats were contested, with 2 seats available in Boulsworth after Conservative councillor George Askew resigned his seat on the council.[4] This meant the Conservatives were defending 6 seats, Labour 5, Liberal Democrats 4 and the British National Party 1 seat.[4]

Among those standing down at the election was the Conservative leader of the council, Mile Blomeley from Reedley ward for health reasons,[5] as well as Conservatives Valerie Langtree from Earby ward and Mike Calvert from Boulsworth ward, independent Glenn Whitaker from Craven ward and Labour's Mohammed Khalid from Walverden ward.[3][4] As well as candidates from the Conservative, Labour and Liberal Democrat parties, there were 4 Green party candidates, 3 from the British National Party and 1 each from the Democratic Nationalists, English Democrats and UK Independence Party.[4]

Election result

Labour gained seats in Reedley from the Conservatives and Vivary Bridge from the Liberal Democrats, to move level with the Conservatives on 18 seats each, while the Liberal Democrats remained on 12 seats after taking Craven ward where the only independent had stood down.[6][7] The only other change saw one of the two British National Party councillors lose his seat to the Conservatives in Marsden ward by 37 votes.[8] Overall turnout at the election was 37.8%.[9]

Joe Cooney was elected as the new leader of the Conservative group on the council,[10] and then became leader of the council, after having only been a councillor for 12 months.[11] This came after the Conservatives and Liberal Democrats agreed a coalition to run the council with 6 Conservatives and 4 Liberal Democrats on the council executive.[11]

Following the election the Conservative Member of parliament for Pendle, Andrew Stephenson, alleged that had been electoral fraud involving postal votes at the council election particularly pointing to the results in Reedley ward over the last two elections.[12] 3 complaints regarding postal votes were investigated by the police, while councillors set up a working group to look at concerns.[12]

Pendle local election result 2012[1][9]
Party Seats Gains Losses Net gain/loss Seats % Votes % Votes +/−
  Labour 7 2 0 +2 41.2 40.2 9,873 +3.0%
  Conservative 6 1 1 0 35.3 29.9 7,344 -11.3%
  Liberal Democrats 4 1 1 0 23.5 23.0 5,665 +5.0%
  BNP 0 0 1 -1 0 2.8 684 +1.0%
  Green 0 0 0 0 0 1.7 425 +1.7%
  English Democrat 0 0 0 0 0 1.3 311 +0.3%
  UKIP 0 0 0 0 0 0.8 193 +0.6%
  Democratic Nationalists 0 0 0 0 0 0.4 92 +0.4%
  Independent 0 0 1 -1 0 0 0 +0.0%

Ward results

Barrowford[9]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Anthony Beckett 918 60.1 +2.3
Labour Sue Nike 609 39.9 -2.3
Majority 309 20.2 +4.6
Turnout 1,527 38.0 -7.0
Conservative hold Swing
Boulsworth (2 seats)[9]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Margaret Foxley 639
Conservative John McBeth 562
Labour Julian Jordan 349
Labour David Foat 308
Liberal Democrats Heather Greaves 211
BNP John Rowe 181
Liberal Democrats Mary Thomas 155
Green Rowen Hartley-Fish 141
Turnout 2,546 32.6 -12.1
Conservative hold Swing
Conservative hold Swing
Bradley[9]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Mohammad Sakib 1,178 55.0 -15.5
Liberal Democrats Shoaib Ahmed 700 32.7 +23.7
Conservative Timothy Eyre 147 6.9 -4.6
Green Stuart Oxbrow 118 5.5 +5.5
Majority 478 22.3 -36.7
Turnout 2,143 45.9 +4.2
Labour hold Swing
Brierfield[9]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Naeem Ashraf 1,102 67.9 +3.8
Conservative Jack Gregory 520 32.1 -3.8
Majority 582 35.9 +7.7
Turnout 1,622 44.3 -4.7
Labour hold Swing
Clover Hill[9]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Eileen Ansar 848 61.2 +9.8
Conservative Janice Taylor 281 20.3 -3.5
BNP Veronica Cullen 149 10.8 +0.1
Liberal Democrats Philip Berry 108 7.8 -6.3
Majority 567 40.9 +13.2
Turnout 1,386 36.5 -3.8
Labour hold Swing
Coates[9]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrats Marjorie Adams 726 55.2 +9.7
Conservative Keith Bailey 372 28.3 -6.5
Labour Christopher McKimm 218 16.6 -3.1
Majority 354 26.9 +16.2
Turnout 1,316 31.7 -10.0
Liberal Democrats hold Swing
Craven[9]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrats Ken Hartley 615 43.8 +4.0
Conservative Suzanne Langtree 376 26.8 -15.7
Labour David Johns 220 15.7 -2.1
UKIP Dorothy Baxter 193 13.7 +13.7
Majority 239 17.0
Turnout 1,404 32.5 -10.2
Liberal Democrats gain from Independent Swing
Earby[9]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Rosemary Carroll 712 41.3 -12.4
Labour Robert Oliver 356 20.7 -3.4
Liberal Democrats Doris Haigh 343 19.9 +10.0
English Democrat James Jackman 311 18.1 +5.8
Majority 356 20.7 -9.0
Turnout 1,722 35.5 -9.1
Conservative hold Swing
Horsfield[9]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Alan Benson 515 40.4 +7.0
Liberal Democrats James Kerrigan 386 30.3 -7.6
Labour Tony Hargreaves 375 29.4 +0.7
Majority 129 10.1
Turnout 1,276 32.9 -4.3
Conservative hold Swing
Marsden[9]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Tommy Cooney 391 37.7 +10.4
BNP Adam Grant 354 34.2 +3.7
Labour Azhar Ali 291 28.1 -0.7
Majority 37 3.6
Turnout 1,036 39.8 -22.6
Conservative gain from BNP Swing
Reedley[9]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Mohammad Hanif 1,034 48.5 -4.9
Conservative Tonia Barton 917 43.0 -3.6
Liberal Democrats James Wood 181 8.5 +8.5
Majority 117 5.5 -1.3
Turnout 2,132 50.1 -4.7
Labour gain from Conservative Swing
Southfield[9]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Sheila Wicks 847 68.7 +14.8
Liberal Democrats Abubaker Anwar 196 15.9 +3.2
Conservative Paul Pratt 190 15.4 -7.2
Majority 651 52.8 +21.5
Turnout 1,233 30.1 -10.1
Labour hold Swing
Vivary Bridge[9]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Ian Tweedie 389 32.0 +0.3
Conservative Keith Wilkinson 369 30.3 -7.4
Liberal Democrats Glennda Clegg 367 30.2 -0.1
Green Leah Jamieson 91 7.5 +7.5
Majority 20 1.6
Turnout 1,216 28.9 -7.0
Labour gain from Liberal Democrats Swing
Walverden[9]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Abdul Aziz 783 74.7 +36.4
Conservative Neil McGowan 265 25.3 -1.6
Majority 518 49.4 +45.8
Turnout 1,048 39.5 -28.5
Labour hold Swing
Waterside[9]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrats Anthony Greaves 564 47.6 +3.7
Labour Ian Graham 343 29.0 +1.4
Conservative Geoffrey Riley 110 9.3 -6.2
Democratic Nationalists Gary Topping 92 7.8 +7.8
Green David Penney 75 6.3 +6.3
Majority 221 18.7 +2.5
Turnout 1,184 30.7 -5.5
Liberal Democrats hold Swing
Whitefield[9]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrats Nadeem Ahmed 1,113 62.0 +26.8
Labour Sajid Ali 623 34.7 -22.3
Conservative Margaret Beckett 60 3.3 -4.6
Majority 490 27.3
Turnout 1,796 65.9 -7.3
Liberal Democrats hold Swing

By-elections between 2012 and 2014

Coates

A by-election took place on 2 May 2013 after the resignation from the council of Liberal Democrat councillor Janine Throup.[13] The seat was held for the Liberal Democrats by Claire Teall by a majority of 196 votes.[14]

Coates By-Election 2 May 2013[15][14]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrats Claire Teall 623 49.0 -6.2
Conservative Michael Thompson 427 33.6 +5.3
Labour Christopher McKimm 221 17.4 +0.8
Majority 196 15.4 -11.5
Turnout 1,271 30.9 -0.8
Liberal Democrats hold Swing

Blacko and Higherford

A by-election was held in Blacko and Higherford after Conservative councillor Shelagh Derwent was disqualified from the council after not attending meetings for 6 months.[16] The seat was held for the Conservatives by Noel McEvoy with 370 votes, double the vote of the other 3 candidates.[17]

Blacko and Higherford By-Election 3 April 2014[15][18]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Noel McEvoy 370 66.7 -13.1
UKIP Michael Waddington 86 15.5 +15.5
Labour Robert Oliver 65 11.7 -8.5
Liberal Democrats Darren Raynolds 34 6.1 +6.1
Majority 284 51.2 -8.3
Turnout 555 38.3 -11.4
Conservative hold Swing

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