The 2016 Rossendale Borough Council election took place on 5 May 2016 to elect members to one third of Rossendale Borough Council in England. Councillors elected in 2012 were defending their seats this year, and they will be contested again in 2020. The Labour Party retained control of the Council.

Prior to the election The Labour Party held 19 seats, The Conservatives held 15 and there were 3 Independents. The result was a Labour victory with 3 seats gained 2 from the Conservatives and 1 from Independent. UKIP, The Green Party and National Front along with several Independents also fielded candidates.[1] This was on the same day as other local elections. The Conservative Party required a net gain of three seats to take control of the council. The resulting Labour victory was a surprise. The most surprising was Labour's taking of the seemingly safe Conservative ward of Eden.

State of the Parties

After the election, the composition of the council was:

Party Seats   ±  
Labour 22 Increase3
Conservative 13 Decrease2
Independent 1 Decrease1

Election result

Rossendale Local Election Result 2016
Party Seats Gains Losses Net gain/loss Seats % Votes % Votes +/−
  Labour 10
  Conservative 2
  UKIP 0
  Green 0
  Independent 0
  National Front 0

Ward results

Cribden

Cribden
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Andrea Fletcher 542
UKIP Michael Pickup 152
Conservative Jenny Rigby 391
Green Hilary Jane Whitehead 71
Rejected ballots 6
Majority 151
Turnout 1,162 41.6
Labour hold Swing
Source returning officer.[2]

Eden

Incumbent Darryl Smith (Conservative) Not Standing

Eden
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Janice Johnson 549
Conservative Mischa Charlton-Mockett 492
Rejected ballots 39
Majority 57
Turnout 1,056 36.3
Labour gain from Conservative Swing
Source returning officer.[2]

Facit and Shawforth

Incumbent Mandalene De Souza (Independent) Not Standing

Facit and Shawforth
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Tom Aldred 381
UKIP Max Lake 200
Conservative Dayne Powell 304
Rejected ballots 0
Majority 77
Turnout 885 31.8
Labour gain from Independent Swing
Source returning officer.[2]

Goodshaw

Goodshaw
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
UKIP Ronald Ashworth 122
Labour Dorothy Farrington 709
Conservative Lynn Tattersall 378
Rejected ballots 3
Majority 331
Turnout 1,212 38.6
Labour hold Swing
Source returning officer.[2]

Greenfield

Greenfield
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Lisa Bloor 584
Conservative Val Roberts 693
UKIP Alan Weaver 212
Rejected ballots 7
Majority 99
Turnout 1,496 34.2
Conservative hold Swing
Source returning officer.[2]

Greensclough

Greensclough
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Barbara Ashworth 839
Conservative Mark Mills 630
Rejected ballots 19
Majority 209
Turnout 1,488 34.1
Labour hold Swing
Source returning officer.[2]

Hareholme

Hareholme
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Independent Clive Balchin 547
Conservative David Foxcroft 477
Labour Andrew Macnae 615
Rejected ballots 4
Majority 68
Turnout 1,643 40.0
Labour hold Swing
Source returning officer.[2]

Helmshore

Incumbent Peter Smith (Conservative) Not Standing

Helmshore
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Independent Noel O'Brien 236
Conservative David Stansfield 1,003
Labour Sam Stuart-Booth 700
Rejected ballots 17
Majority 303
Turnout 1,956 40.5
Conservative hold Swing
Source returning officer.[2]

Irwell

Irwell
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
National Front Kevin Bryan 128
Conservative Laura-Beth Thompson 462
Labour Andrew Walmsley 661
Rejected ballots 11
Majority 199
Turnout 1,262 30.6
Labour hold Swing
Source returning officer.[2]

Longholme

Longholme
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
UKIP Gary Barnes 262
Conservative Thomas Blackburn 500
Labour Steve Hughes 768
Rejected ballots 10
Majority 268
Turnout 1,540 40.5
Labour hold Swing
Source returning officer.[2]

Whitewell

Whitewell
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Pam Bromley 651
Conservative Sarah Collinge 607
Green John Payne 137
Rejected ballots 11
Majority 44
Turnout 1,406 33.7
Labour gain from Conservative Swing
Source returning officer.[2]

Worsley

Worsley
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Naomi Adams 418
UKIP Granville Barker 265
Labour Marilyn Procter 733
Rejected ballots 7
Majority 315
Turnout 1,423 33.8
Labour hold Swing
Source returning officer.[2]

References

  1. ^ "Guide to May 2016 elections in Scotland, Wales, England and Northern Ireland". BBC News. Retrieved 21 April 2016.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l The Returning Officer (5 May 2016), "Election of Borough Councillors for the Wards of Rossendale Borough Council Summary of Results" (PDF), Rossendale Borough Council, retrieved 12 January 2020