Burnley shown within the non-metropolitan county of Lancashire (Unitary authorities excluded)
Burnley shown within the non-metropolitan county of Lancashire (Unitary authorities excluded)

Burnley Borough Council elections are generally held three years out of every four, with a third of the council elected each time. Burnley Borough Council is the local authority for the non-metropolitan district of Burnley in Lancashire, England. Since the last boundary changes in 2002, 45 councillors have been elected from 15 wards.[1]

Political control

Coat of Arms of the Borough Council
Coat of Arms of the Borough Council

From 1889 to 1974 Burnley was a county borough, independent of any county council.[2] Under the Local Government Act 1972 it had its territory enlarged, gaining Padiham Urban District and much of Burnley Rural District, and at the same time became a non-metropolitan district, with Lancashire County Council providing county-level services.[3][4] The first election to the reformed borough council was held in 1973, initially operating as a shadow authority before the new arrangements took effect on 1 April 1974. Political control of the council since 1973 has been held by the following parties:[5][6]

Party Period
Labour 1973–2000
No overall control 2000–2001
Labour 2001–2004
No overall control 2003–2004
Liberal Democrats 2008–2011
No overall control 2011–2012
Labour 2012–2019
No overall control 2019–present

Leadership

The leaders of the council since 2006 have been:[7]

Councillor Party From To
Stuart Caddy Labour 7 May 2006
Gordon Birtwistle Liberal Democrats May 2006 2010
Charlie Briggs Liberal Democrats 2010 2012
Julie Cooper Labour 2012 2014
Mark Townsend[8] Labour 2014 15 May 2019
Charlie Briggs[9] Burnley and Padiham Independent Party 29 May 2019 18 Sep 2020
Mark Townsend Labour 30 Sep 2020 19 May 2021
Afrasiab Anwar Labour 19 May 2021

Council elections

Result maps

By-election results

1998-2002

Cliviger with Worsthorne By-Election 2 July 1998
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative 611 59.4 +11.6
Labour 417 40.6 -11.6
Majority 194 18.8
Turnout 1,028
Conservative gain from Labour Swing

Lowerhouse By-Election 22 November 2001
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Independent Samuel Holgate 467 38.8 −33.0
Labour 421 35.0 +6.8
BNP 283 23.5 +23.5
Socialist Alliance 32 2.7 +2.7
Majority 46 3.8
Turnout 1,203 27.8
Independent hold Swing

Trinity By-Election 22 November 2001
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Elizabeth Monk 555 57.9 +1.3
BNP 181 18.9 +18.9
Independent 172 18.0 +18.0
Socialist Alliance 50 5.2 +5.2
Majority 374 39.0
Turnout 958 28.8
Labour hold Swing

Rose Hill By-Election 29 November 2001
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Denis Otter 380 31.7 +9.0
Independent 284 23.7 -24.1
BNP 230 19.2 +19.2
Liberal Democrats 203 16.9 +16.9
Conservative 101 8.4 -21.1
Majority 96 8.0
Turnout 1,198 28.8
Labour gain from Independent Swing

2002–2006

Hapton with Park By-Election 19 June 2003[16]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrats Peter McCann 788 33.1 +33.1
BNP Andy Kenyon 777 32.6 -6.4
Labour Andy Tatchell 679 28.5 -5.9
Independent Patricia Stinton 76 3.2 -15.6
Conservative Alan Marsden 62 2.6 -5.2
Majority 11 0.5
Turnout 2,382 53.5
Liberal Democrats gain from Labour Swing

Lanehead By-Election 16 October 2003[17][18]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrats Martin Smith 1,070 50.6 +32.0
Labour Julie Cooper 464 21.9 -9.8
BNP John Cave 357 16.9 -17.1
Independent Ann Royle 127 6.0 -9.8
Conservative Paul Coates 98 4.6 +4.6
Majority 606 28.7
Turnout 2,116 48.2
Liberal Democrats gain from BNP Swing

Bank Hall By-Election 5 May 2005[19]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Julie Cooper 1,056 48.0 −2.2
Liberal Democrats Abdul Hamid 514 23.3 −2.7
BNP Derek Dawson 368 16.7 +16.7
Conservative Paul Coates 266 12.0 −11.8
Majority 542 24.7
Turnout 2,204 53.5
Labour hold Swing

2006–2010

Brunshaw By-Election 15 February 2007[20]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrats Allen Harris 875 44.1 +16.3
BNP Paul McDevitt 538 27.1 +0.6
Labour Karen Baker 479 24.2 −6.7
Conservative Tony Coulson 90 4.5 -10.2
Majority 337 17.0
Turnout 1,982 39.9
Liberal Democrats gain from Labour Swing

Daneshouse with Stoneyholme By-Election 15 February 2007[21]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Shah Hussain 944 46.6 -3.7
Liberal Democrats Mohammed Malik 906 44.7 -5.0
England First Steven Smith 141 7.0 +7.0
Conservative Alan Marsden 35 1.7 +1.7
Majority 38 1.9
Turnout 2,026 52.4
Labour gain from Liberal Democrats Swing

Rosegrove with Lowerhouse By-Election 4 June 2009[22]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrats Iris Gates 645 41.2 +1.1
BNP John Cave 400 25.6 -5.4
Labour Charles Baker 304 19.4 +1.0
Conservative Barry Elliott 215 13.7 +3.4
Majority 245 15.6
Turnout 1,564 32.8
Liberal Democrats hold Swing

2010–2014

Rosegrove with Lowerhouse Ward By-Election 10th March 2011[23]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Beatrice Foster 521 43.1 +11.8
BNP Paul McDevitt 288 23.8 +5.4
Liberal Democrats Kate Mottershead 261 21.6 -11.8
Conservative Mathew Isherwood 81 6.7 -10.2
Independent Andrew Hennessey 58 4.8 +4.8
Majority 233 19.3
Turnout 1,209
Labour gain from Liberal Democrats Swing
Trinity By-Election 13 September 2012[24]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Tony Martin 493 49.3 -8.8
Liberal Democrats Stephanie Forrest 256 25.6 -5.8
Conservative Tom Watson 96 9.6 +9.6
BNP Derek Dawson 95 9.5 -1.1
UKIP Craig Ramplee 35 3.5 3.5
National Front Steven Smith 26 2.6 +2.6
Majority 237 23.7
Turnout 1,001
Labour hold Swing

2018-2022

Rosehill with Burnley Wood By-Election 11 April 2019[25]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrats Peter McCann 341 37.5 -11.0
Labour Andy Devanney 249 27.4 -6.8
BAPIP Paula Riley 154 16.9 +16.9
Conservative Phil Chamberlain 115 12.6 -0.4
Green Victoria Alker 51 5.6 +1.3
Majority 92 10.1
Turnout 910
Liberal Democrats hold Swing

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