Former Mayor wins seat back

Coun. McCormick first became a councillor in the Reedley Ward in 1986

Coun. McCormick first became a councillor in the Reedley Ward in 1986

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A former Mayor of Pendle has reclaimed the Reedley seat she lost two years ago.

Coun. Pauline McCormick won the seat back for the Conservatives with 1,267 votes. Mohammad Hanif polled 1,156 for the Labour Party with the Liberal Democrat candidate James Wood receiving just 57 votes.

Coun. McCormick first became a councillor in the Reedley Ward in 1986 and served as Mayor of Pendle in 2002-2003.

Last year she was made an Honorary Alderman of the borough in recognition of her service to Pendle COuncil.

The by-election yesterday was called after Coun. Bob Allen resigned his seat after moving to Derbyshire.

The result leaves the Conservatives just three seats short of retaking overall control of the council.

At the moment they are the largest single party, but the Labour and Liberal Democrats have joined together to formed a combined administration.

Of the 48 available seats, the Tories now have 22, the Labour Party 16, the Liberal Democrats 10 and there is one BNP councillor.