Elections leave Pendle Council with no one party in overall control

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PENDLE’S main three parties each had reason to celebrate after winning or holding on to seats.

Labour had the biggest success, gaining three seats - two from the Liberal Democrats and one in Reedley from the Conservatives. Tory councillor Tonia Barton lost her seat.

The Conservative made two gains, but lost another.

The Liberals were expecting to lose seats and were someone pleased to hold on to four despite losing another four. One of their key councillors - Howard Thomas, chairman of Pendle Council’s Colne Committee - was outvoted by Conservative Joe Cooney in Vivary Bridge Ward.

The situation leaves Pendle as a no overall control council and there will be a key debate at the annual meeting on who will take control. Most wards saw les than 50% of electors voting.