Map of the results of the 2014 Pendle Borough Council election. Labour in red, Conservatives in blue, Liberal Democrats in yellow and British National Party in dark blue. Wards in dark grey were not contested in 2014.
Map of the results of the 2014 Pendle Borough Council election. Labour in red, Conservatives in blue, Liberal Democrats in yellow and British National Party in dark blue. Wards in dark grey were not contested in 2014.

The 2014 Pendle Borough Council election took place on 22 May 2014 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 19 councillors, the most for the party on the council for the previous 30 years, while Labour had 17 councillors, the Liberal Democrats had 12 and there was 1 British National Party councillor.[3][4] This was a change from the situation at the last election in 2012, after Labour councillor Abdul Aziz had defected to the Conservatives in September 2013 after having been suspended by Labour.[3] The council was run by the Conservatives, with support from the Liberal Democrats.[4]

16 seats were contested at the election, with Labour defending 6 seats, the Conservatives 5, Liberal Democrats 4 and the British National Party 1.[4] Among those defending seats at the election was the leader of the Labour group on the council, Mohammed Iqbal in Bradley ward.[4]

During the campaign Pendle was visited by the Conservative Prime Minister David Cameron, both the Labour deputy leader Harriet Harman and the shadow chancellor Ed Balls, and the Liberal Democrat Chief Secretary to the Treasury Danny Alexander to support their respective parties.[5][6]

Election result

There was little change in the party composition of the council with Labour gaining one seat from the Conservatives, while the Conservatives took one seat from the Liberal Democrats.[7] Labour's gain came in Reedley, where Yasser Iqbal defeated the Conservative councillor for the previous 40 years, Pauline McCormick, by 36 votes.[7] However Conservative Lyle Davy became the youngest councillor in the country at the age of 18 after taking Coates from the Liberal Democrats by 49 votes, after the Liberal Democrats had held the ward for the previous 16 years.[7] Meanwhile, Brian Parker held Marsden for the British National Party by 6 votes over the Conservatives,[7] in the only seat won by the British National Party at the 2014 United Kingdom local elections.[8] Overall turnout at the election was 38.82%.[9]

Following the election Conservative Joe Cooney continued as leader of the council after the Conservatives and Liberal Democrats reached an agreement, with the Conservatives taking 6 seats on the council executive, while the Liberal Democrats took 4 seats on the executive.[10]

Pendle local election result 2014[1][9]
Party Seats Gains Losses Net gain/loss Seats % Votes % Votes +/−
  Labour 7 1 0 +1 43.8 39.1 9,375 -1.1%
  Conservative 5 1 1 0 31.3 29.6 7,099 -0.3%
  Liberal Democrats 3 0 1 -1 18.8 19.6 4,701 -3.4%
  BNP 1 0 0 0 6.3 2.1 493 -0.7%
  UKIP 0 0 0 0 0 7.3 1,758 +6.5%
  The Blue Party 0 0 0 0 0 1.9 466 +1.9%
  TUSC 0 0 0 0 0 0.3 64 +0.3%

Ward results

Barrowford[9]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Christopher Jowett 716 44.8 -15.3
Labour Mark Porter 361 22.6 -17.3
UKIP Mick Waddington 325 20.4 +20.4
Liberal Democrats Gavin Roper 195 12.2 +12.2
Majority 355 22.2 +2.0
Turnout 1,597 39.8 +1.8
Conservative hold Swing

Boulsworth

Boulsworth[9]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Sarah Cockburn-Price 647 44.1
UKIP Graham Cannon 359 24.5
Labour Robert Oliver 261 17.8
Liberal Democrats Heather Greaves 201 13.7
Majority 288 19.6
Turnout 1,468 34.7 +2.1
Conservative hold Swing

Bradley

Bradley[9]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Mohammed Iqbal 1,218 67.2 +12.2
UKIP Tony Leather 350 19.3 +19.3
Conservative Bernard Variyam 151 8.3 +1.4
Liberal Democrats Irfan Ahmed 93 5.1 -27.6
Majority 868 47.9 +25.6
Turnout 1,812 39.0 -6.9
Labour hold Swing

Brierfield

Brierfield [9]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Mohammed Arshad 1,142 72.8 +4.9
Conservative Mohammed Abdullah 354 22.6 -9.5
Liberal Democrats Nadeem Akbar 73 4.7 +4.7
Majority 788 50.2 +14.3
Turnout 1,569 44.2 -0.1
Labour hold Swing

Clover Hill

Clover Hill[9]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Kathleen Shore 660 53.1 -8.1
UKIP Ben Robinson 309 24.8 +24.8
Conservative Janice Taylor 203 16.3 -4.0
Liberal Democrats Waseem Asghar 72 5.8 -2.0
Majority 351 28.2 -12.7
Turnout 1,244 33.2 -3.3
Labour hold Swing

Coates

Coates[9]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Lyle Davy 700 43.5 +15.2
Liberal Democrats Lindsay Gaskell 651 40.4 -14.8
Labour Lynn Harrison 170 10.6 -6.0
The Blue Party Kieron Hartley 89 5.5 +5.5
Majority 49 3.0
Turnout 1,610 38.9 +7.2
Conservative gain from Liberal Democrats Swing

Craven

Craven[9]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrats David Whipp 761 49.5 +5.7
Conservative Mike Thompson 352 22.9 -3.9
UKIP Dorothy Baxter 261 17.0 +3.3
Labour Denzil Metcalfe 140 9.1 -6.6
The Blue Party Natasha Harris 24 1.6 +1.6
Majority 409 26.6 +9.6
Turnout 409 35.6 +3.1
Liberal Democrats hold Swing

Earby

Earby[9]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Mike Goulthorp 734 41.6 +0.3
Labour David Byrne 453 25.7 +5.0
The Blue Party James Jackman 353 20.0 +20.0
Liberal Democrats Doris Haigh 226 12.8 -7.1
Majority 281 15.9 -4.8
Turnout 1,766 36.7 +1.2
Conservative hold Swing

Horsfield

Horsfield[9]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Neil Butterworth 619 47.2 +6.8
Labour Malcolm Birks 372 28.4 -1.0
Liberal Democrats James Kerrigan 320 24.4 -5.9
Majority 247 18.8 +8.7
Turnout 1,311 33.9 +1.0
Conservative hold Swing

Marsden

Marsden[9]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
BNP Brian Parker 339 37.9 +2.7
Conservative Neil McGowan 333 29.1 -8.4
Labour Yvonne Tennant 201 18.7 -12.7
UKIP Christine Stables 154 14.3 N/A
Majority 6 8.8 -0.2
Turnout 1,073 42.1 +3.3
BNP hold Swing

Reedley

Reedley[9]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Yasser Iqbal 1,170 48.4 -0.1
Conservative Pauline McCormick 1,133 46.9 +3.9
TUSC Jackie Grunsell 64 2.6 +2.6
Liberal Democrats Kamran Anwar 49 2.0 -6.5
Majority 37 1.5 -4.0
Turnout 2,416 56.6 +6.5
Labour gain from Conservative Swing

Southfield

Southfield[9]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Mohammed Anmer 769 54.8 -13.9
Conservative Saanval Safir 394 28.1 +12.7
Liberal Democrats James Wood 240 17.1 +1.2
Majority 375 26.7 -26.1
Turnout 1,403 34.6 +4.5
Labour hold Swing

Vivary Bridge

Vivary Bridge[9]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrats David Clegg 565 41.8 +11.6
Conservative Glenn Stock 319 23.6 -6.7
Labour Russell Tennant 313 23.2 -8.8
BNP John Rowe 154 11.4 +11.4
Majority 246 18.2
Turnout 1,351 31.6 +2.7
Liberal Democrats hold Swing

Walverden

Walverden[9]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Julie Henderson 751 59.1 -15.6
Liberal Democrats Asghar Ali 341 26.9 +26.9
Conservative Peter Wilson 178 14.0 -11.3
Majority 410 32.3 -17.1
Turnout 1,270 46.2 +6.7
Labour hold Swing

Waterside

Waterside[9]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrats Dorothy Lord 720 60.9 +13.3
Labour David Johns 286 24.2 -4.8
Conservative Jonny Nixon 177 15.0 +5.7
Majority 434 36.7 +18.0
Turnout 1,183 31.5 +0.8
Liberal Democrats hold Swing

Whitefield

Whitefield[9]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Asjad Mahmood 997 77.9 +43.2
Liberal Democrats Imran Waheed 194 15.2 -46.8
Conservative Margaret Beckett 89 7.0 +3.7
Majority 803 62.7
Turnout 1,280 47.7 -18.2
Labour hold Swing

By-elections between 2014 and 2015

A by-election was held in Old Laund Booth ward on 3 July 2014 after the Liberal Democrat former leader of the council, John David, resigned from the council due to ill health after having held the seat since 1986.[11] The seat was held for the Liberal Democrats by Brian Newman with a majority of 161 votes.[12]

Old Laund Booth by-election 3 July 2014[12]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrats Brian Newman 427 58.3 +9.8
Conservative Jill Hartley 266 36.3 -10.9
UKIP Michael Waddington 27 3.7 +3.7
The Blue Party Kieron Hartley 13 1.8 +1.8
Majority 161 22.0 +20.7
Turnout 733 59.7 -1.6
Liberal Democrats hold Swing

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