Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council
Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council logo
Mayor of Blackburn with Darwen
Derek Hardman, Conservative
since 21 May 2021
Leader of the Council
Phil Riley, Labour
since 19 May 2022
Deputy Leaders
TBD, Labour
Leader of the Opposition
John Slater, Conservative
Chief Executive
Denise Park
Seats51 councillors[1]
Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council composition
Political groups
Administration (33)
  Labour (33)
Other Parties (16)
  Conservative (12)
  Liberal Democrat (2)
  Independent (2)
  Vacant (2)
Length of term
4 years
Last election
Next election
Arte et Labore
Meeting place
Blackburn Town Hall (old).jpg
Blackburn Town Hall

Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council is the local authority of Blackburn with Darwen in Lancashire. It is a unitary authority, having the powers of a non-metropolitan county and district council combined. From 2020 to 2021, the Mayor of Blackburn with Darwen was Iftakhar Hussain of the Labour Party. On 15 February 2021, he resigned after breaching COVID-19 lockdown restrictions.

Former Labour group leader and councillor, Mohammed Khan, was Leader of the Council from May 2015 to May 2022 before his retirement at the 2022 United Kingdom local elections. He served as a borough councillor for 30 years. After the elections, he was replaced as leader by then-Deputy Leader of the Council, Councillor Phil Riley.

Political control

Further information: Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council elections

Since 1997 political control of the council has been held by the following parties:[2]

Party in control Years
Labour 1997–2007
No overall control 2007–2011
Labour 2011–present


  1. ^ "Open Council Data UK - compositions councillors parties wards elections".
  2. ^ "Blackburn With Darwen". BBC News Online. 19 April 2008. Retrieved 5 February 2010.
Awards and achievements Preceded byHammersmith and Fulham LGC Council of the Year 2011 Succeeded bySouthend-on-Sea