2021 local election results in Burnley
2021 local election results in Burnley

The 2021 Burnley Borough Council election took place on 6 May 2021 to elect members of Burnley Borough Council in England.[1] This election was held on the same day as other local elections. As with many other local elections in England, it was postponed from May 2020, due to the COVID-19 pandemic. One third of the council was up for election, and each successful candidate will serve a three-year term of office, expiring in 2024. These seats were last contested in 2016.

Following the 2019 election, a coalition executive was formed by all the other parties after Labour lost control of the council.[2] Led by Alan Hosker UKIP had collected all three seats in Hapton with Park ward after 2019. Its three councillors joined the Conservative group in 2020 with Hosker later being elected as group leader.[3] A rupture occurred within the Conservative group later in the year, amidst Hosker's attempts to obtain a position on the executive for himself.[4] This precipitated the collapse of the coalition in September 2020, with Labour's Mark Townsend temporally returning to the role of Council leader in a minority administration, but expected to stand down after the election to become Mayor.[5]

Andrew Newhouse, who won Cliviger with Worsthorne for the Conservatives in 2016, defected to the Burnley and Padiham Independent Party shortly afterward.[5] Bill Brindle, who won Coalclough and Deerplay for the Lib Dems in 2016 but (along with his wife) joined the Labour group in 2018, decided to retire rather than stand again.[5][6] Mark Payne, who won Gannow for the Lib Dems in 2016, was one of the councillors who left the party over its stance on Brexit to form the Burnley and Padiham Independent Party in 2017. David Roper (Whittlefield with Ightenhill) who also left the party at that time but continued as an independent,[7] was another who did not stand for re-election.

After the election the council remained in no overall control, with Labour's Afrasiab Anwar taking over from Mark Townsend as council leader in a coalition with the Lib Dems.[8][9]

State of the Parties

After the election, the composition of the council (compared with May 2019) was:

Burnley Council composition 2021
Burnley Council composition 2021
Party Seats   ±  
Labour 18 Decrease4
Conservative 9 Increase5
Liberal Democrat 8 0
BAPIP 5 0
Green 5 Increase3
UKIP 0 Decrease3
Independent 0 Decrease1

Election results

Overall election result

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Party Councillors Votes
Elected Of total Full Council Of total
Labour Party 5 33.3%
18 / 45
7,719 34.5%
Conservative Party 4 26.7%
9 / 45
7,261 32.4%
Green Party 3 20.0%
5 / 45
3,755 16.8%
Liberal Democrats 2 13.3%
8 / 45
2,063 9.2%
Burnley and Padiham Independent Party 1 6.7%
5 / 45
1,529 6.8%
National Front 0 0.0%
0 / 45
45 0.2%
Social Democratic Party 0 0.0%
0 / 45
21 0.1%

Ward results

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Bank Hall

Bank Hall
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Lubna Khan 956 66.9 -3.3
Conservative Maison McGowan-Doe 314 22.0 +9.9
Green Julie Hurt 158 11.1 -6.6
Majority 642 44.9 -7.6
Turnout 1,428 34.1
Labour hold Swing

Briercliffe

Briercliffe
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrats Margaret Lishman 693 49.9 -12.8
Conservative Mike Steel 404 29.1 +18.6
Labour Shelagh Limmer 217 15.6 +1.3
Green Victoria Alker 76 5.5 -4.8
Majority 289 20.8 -27.6
Turnout 1,390 32.0
Liberal Democrats hold Swing

Brunshaw

Brunshaw
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Green Andy Wight 462 38.7 +20.7
Conservative Claire Ingham 399 33.4 +16.7
Labour Co-op Lian Pate 333 27.9 -21.1
Majority 63 5.3
Turnout 1,194 25.6
Green gain from Labour Swing

Cliviger and Worsthorne

Cliviger and Worsthorne
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Green Scott Cunliffe 959 47.1 +34.4
Conservative Richard Piers 757 37.2 -9.1
Labour Carol Lukey 152 7.5 -6.8
BAPIP Andrew Newhouse 71 3.5 N/A
Liberal Democrats Pippa Lishman 50 2.5 N/A
National Front Steven Smith 45 2.2 N/A
Majority 202 9.9
Turnout 2,034 47.4
Green gain from Conservative Swing

Coalclough and Deerplay

Coalclough and Deerplay
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrats Jacqueline Inckle 508 36.5 +6.6
Conservative Linda Whittaker 323 23.2 +11.2
Labour Bill Horrocks 322 23.1 -0.2
BAPIP Jimmy Anderson 178 12.8 -14.7
Green Arash Sedighi 60 4.3 -3.0
Majority 185 13.3 +10.9
Turnout 1,391 35.8
Liberal Democrats hold Swing

Daneshouse and Stoneyholme

Daneshouse and Stoneyholme
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Saeed Chaudhary 1,376 70.6 -19.9
Liberal Democrats Mohammed Hajji-Nazrul 461 23.6 N/A
Conservative Tom Watson 70 3.6 -0.2
Green Janet Hall 43 2.2 -3.5
Majority 915 47.0 -37.7
Turnout 1,950
Labour hold Swing

Gannow

Gannow
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
BAPIP Mark Payne 508 40.4 -29.8
Labour Fiona Wild 278 22.1 +6.7
Conservative Darren Broughton 250 19.9 +12.1
Green Jai Redman 152 12.1 +5.4
Liberal Democrats Lesley Sumner 69 5.5 N/A
Majority 230 18.3
Turnout 1,257 29.5
BAPIP gain from Liberal Democrats Swing

Gawthorpe

Gawthorpe
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Karen Ingham 776 56.0 +15.7
Labour Kate Proctor 530 38.2 -2.7
Green Joseph Davis 80 5.8 -2.0
Majority 246 17.8
Turnout 1,386 30.7
Conservative gain from Labour Swing

Hapton with Park

Hapton with Park
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Alan Hosker 1,256 73.8 +63.1
Labour Alun Lewis 340 20.0 -0.8
Green Duncan Reed 106 6.2 -13.2
Majority 916 53.8
Turnout 1,702 36.8
Conservative gain from UKIP Swing

Lanehead

Lanehead
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Asif Raja 863 50.1 -0.1
Conservative Jamie McGowan 667 38.7 +27.8
Green Mark Alker 194 11.3 +0.5
Majority 196 11.4 -10.6
Turnout 1,724 37.8
Labour hold Swing

Queensgate

Queensgate
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Arif Khan 1,105 64.5 -1.2
Conservative Alfie White 444 25.9 +14.1
Green Helen Bridges 163 9.5 -1.2
Majority 661 38.6 -15.0
Turnout 1,712 41.1
Labour hold Swing

Rosegrove with Lowerhouse

Rosegrove with Lowerhouse
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Co-op Marcus Johnstone 387 30.5 -0.1
Conservative Joanne Broughton 353 27.8 +17.5
BAPIP Dave Alexander 352 27.7 -20.8
Liberal Democrats Michael Taylor 109 8.6 N/A
Green Jane Davis 69 5.4 -5.2
Majority 34 2.7
Turnout 1,270 25.8
Labour Co-op hold Swing

Rosehill with Burnley Wood

Rosehill with Burnley Wood
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Phil Chamberlain 420 31.6 +22.3
Labour Margaret Brindle 411 30.9 +8.5
Liberal Democrats Peter McCann 379 28.5 -13.1
Green Tony Davis 120 9.0 +2.2
Majority 9 0.7
Turnout 1,330 29.5
Conservative gain from Liberal Democrats Swing

Trinity

Trinity
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Green Martyn Hurt 634 57.4 -9.1
Labour Co-op Tony Martin 242 21.9 +3.8
Conservative Susan Nutter 162 14.7 +11.7
BAPIP Stephanie Forrest 67 6.1 -3.1
Majority 392 35.5
Turnout 1,105 26.9
Green gain from Labour Swing

Whittlefield with Ightenhill

Whittlefield with Ightenhill
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Don Whitaker 666 36.8 +14.4
Green Emma Simpkin 479 26.5 -6.5
BAPIP Nicola Sedgwick 353 19.5 -13.6
Labour Shaun Sproule 207 11.4 +3.2
Liberal Democrats Kathryn Haworth 83 4.6 +1.3
SDP Mitchell Cryer 21 1.2 N/A
Majority 187 10.3
Turnout 1,809 39.3
Conservative gain from Liberal Democrats Swing

References

  1. ^ "Results 2021". Burnley Borough Council. Retrieved 18 May 2021.
  2. ^ Peter Magill (30 May 2019). "New leader takes charge of rainbow coalition for Burnley Council". Lancashire Telegraph. Newsquest Media Group. Retrieved 3 January 2020.
  3. ^ Bill Jacobs (1 June 2020). "Burnley: Brexit veteran takes reins at council Tory group". Lancashire Telegraph. Newsquest Media Group. Retrieved 1 August 2021.
  4. ^ Bill Jacobs (4 September 2020). "Burnley Council: suspended Tories back as coalition talks start". Lancashire Telegraph. Newsquest Media Group. Retrieved 1 August 2021.
  5. ^ a b c Collis, Dominic (26 April 2021). "Battle lines drawn in Burnley Council election". Burnley Express. Johnston Press. Retrieved 1 August 2021.
  6. ^ Collis, Dominic (13 June 2018). "Two former Burnley Lib Dems join Labour group". Burnley Express. Johnston Press. Archived from the original on 3 January 2020. Retrieved 3 January 2020.
  7. ^ Collis, Dominic (14 November 2017). "Council leader calls on Lib Dem quit quartet to resign". Burnley Express. Johnston Press. Retrieved 21 January 2020.
  8. ^ Bill Jacobs (12 May 2021). "Burnley Labour group chooses new leader". Lancashire Telegraph. Newsquest Media Group. Retrieved 1 August 2021.
  9. ^ Deehan, John (20 May 2021). "Labour and Lib Dem coalition takes control of Burnley Council". Burnley Express. Johnston Press. Retrieved 5 August 2020.
  10. ^ "Results 2021". burnley.gov.uk. Burnley Borough Council. Retrieved 18 May 2021.