Labour wins Blackburn with Darwen council seat

Blackburn Citizen: GAIN: Mustafa Desai GAIN: Mustafa Desai

LABOUR has gained a council seat in Blackburn from the Liberal Democrats in a by-election.

Mustafa Desai, the Labour candidate, won 638 votes in the by-election in the Queen’s Park ward, a 53.6per cent share.

The seat had been made available by the resignation of former Lib Dem Yusuf Sidat.

The Lib Dems came second with 366 votes, and the Tories polled 174. The turnout was 28per cent.

The result leaves Labour, the biggest single party in Blackburn with Darwen, with 28 councillors.

But they are being kept out of power by the ruling coalition of Conservative, Lib Dem and For Darwen parties, which has a total of 34.

Mr Sidat resigned on Christmas Eve, the day he was due to be expelled after not attending a meeting for six months.

Labour group leader, Coun Kate Hollern, said: “It was an excellent result for the residents of Queen’s Park.

“We are sending a clear message that this coalition isn’t working.”

Coun Desai is married, and works as a lecturer at Preston College.

RESULT

Labour 638
Lib Dem 366
C 174.

May 2008 - Lab 756, Lib Dem 722. Swing 10.3% Lib Dem to Lab.

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1:39pm Fri 5 Feb 10

time.team says...

Come on Kate, why not campaign yourself. All you need do is find a councillor that is never there. You‘d be sure to make an improvement I‘m sure?
Come on Kate, why not campaign yourself. All you need do is find a councillor that is never there. You‘d be sure to make an improvement I‘m sure? time.team
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1:50pm Fri 5 Feb 10

floydbrfc says...

wtf ! labour who the hell vote................
.........oh yeh now i understand
wtf ! labour who the hell vote................ .........oh yeh now i understand floydbrfc
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5:45pm Fri 5 Feb 10

Hopping mad says...

People are starting to look at the big picture when it comes to local issues at last. I personally wouldn't vote for a labour government but locally what have this coalition done for us? They have wasted money on stupid projects that would have cost less to refurbish. I am sick of the for Darwen party for one, how come there isn't a for Blackburn party that is going to look after our needs? Get Labour back in and get some power back to the people of Blackburn for a change. Maybe we could have our own little town council like they have.
People are starting to look at the big picture when it comes to local issues at last. I personally wouldn't vote for a labour government but locally what have this coalition done for us? They have wasted money on stupid projects that would have cost less to refurbish. I am sick of the for Darwen party for one, how come there isn't a for Blackburn party that is going to look after our needs? Get Labour back in and get some power back to the people of Blackburn for a change. Maybe we could have our own little town council like they have. Hopping mad
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7:08pm Fri 5 Feb 10

Private I says...

This is a referendum on the present administration who recently allowed the area to grind to a halt in the bad weather and have finally been brought to account for the way they have been running the Council.

Don't lets forget the coalition has no mandate to rule and only exists because the Liberals and Darwen Independents have allowed themselves to be bribed to prop up an incompetent Tory leadership who couldn't even get their own vote out in Guide yesterday.

Well done Mustafa Desai and Labour. I hope you win back control in May and are able to sort out the mess the present idiots have got us all into.
This is a referendum on the present administration who recently allowed the area to grind to a halt in the bad weather and have finally been brought to account for the way they have been running the Council. Don't lets forget the coalition has no mandate to rule and only exists because the Liberals and Darwen Independents have allowed themselves to be bribed to prop up an incompetent Tory leadership who couldn't even get their own vote out in Guide yesterday. Well done Mustafa Desai and Labour. I hope you win back control in May and are able to sort out the mess the present idiots have got us all into. Private I
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8:25pm Fri 5 Feb 10

Hugh Jardon says...

while a local businessman is intimidated & veiled threats made for questioning Blackburn's 'Green Tax' stupidity.
Labour, may you all die a horrible death!
Oh & before some half wit protests, care to imagine just how many 'decision' makers at town hall are cronies of Labour??

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while a local businessman is intimidated & veiled threats made for questioning Blackburn's 'Green Tax' stupidity. Labour, may you all die a horrible death! Oh & before some half wit protests, care to imagine just how many 'decision' makers at town hall are cronies of Labour?? http://toryardvaark. wordpress.com/2010/0 2/05/climategate-eco -nazis-at-labour-con trolled-council-set- out-to-destroy-local -business-breaking-n ews/ Hugh Jardon
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8:38pm Fri 5 Feb 10

slackerbtch says...

lets face it though... the old labour council were voted out for just why now? The same old problems.

Local governance will never be right until there are NO party allegances. Labour did this, the Lib Dems did that, the Torys did something else.

They are all as bad as each other. In it, not to represent the people, but to have their own little power trips.
lets face it though... the old labour council were voted out for just why now? The same old problems. Local governance will never be right until there are NO party allegances. Labour did this, the Lib Dems did that, the Torys did something else. They are all as bad as each other. In it, not to represent the people, but to have their own little power trips. slackerbtch
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1:06am Sat 6 Feb 10

Tosh67 says...

slackerbtch wrote:
lets face it though... the old labour council were voted out for just why now? The same old problems. Local governance will never be right until there are NO party allegances. Labour did this, the Lib Dems did that, the Torys did something else. They are all as bad as each other. In it, not to represent the people, but to have their own little power trips.
agree,but what is t he alternative?
[quote][p][bold]slackerbtch[/bold] wrote: lets face it though... the old labour council were voted out for just why now? The same old problems. Local governance will never be right until there are NO party allegances. Labour did this, the Lib Dems did that, the Torys did something else. They are all as bad as each other. In it, not to represent the people, but to have their own little power trips.[/p][/quote]agree,but what is t he alternative? Tosh67
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7:58am Sat 6 Feb 10

Excluded says...

Hugh Jardon, I take it you are not aware that Labour lost control of the Council in Blackburn with Darwen 3 years ago?

So the behaviour you are complaining about is the behaviour of a Tory led coaltion with its Liberal and For Darwen allies.
Hugh Jardon, I take it you are not aware that Labour lost control of the Council in Blackburn with Darwen 3 years ago? So the behaviour you are complaining about is the behaviour of a Tory led coaltion with its Liberal and For Darwen allies. Excluded
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10:10am Sat 6 Feb 10

chrislancs says...

What is the alternative? simple, stand for election. If the people who should stand, would stand, then you would have a well run common sense council free from party political dogma. I dont believe the tories will win the next election as they think they will, i hope Labour is shown the door in east lancs for the way they have abandoned the area. As a PPC for the English Democrats I would hope people would look at us and see what we have to offer, Try looking up Peter Davies the Mayor of Doncaster. I think he speaks for many right thinking people. His actions since becoming Mayor have met with approval of people from all walks of life in Doncaster. we are always open to new members from this area regardless of colour creed previous political backgrounds. we just want common sense to prevail in public life. we want a parliament for England so we can decide our own affairs. so there is alternatives if you wish to be involved.
Chris Reid PPC
English Democrats
Hyndburn
What is the alternative? simple, stand for election. If the people who should stand, would stand, then you would have a well run common sense council free from party political dogma. I dont believe the tories will win the next election as they think they will, i hope Labour is shown the door in east lancs for the way they have abandoned the area. As a PPC for the English Democrats I would hope people would look at us and see what we have to offer, Try looking up Peter Davies the Mayor of Doncaster. I think he speaks for many right thinking people. His actions since becoming Mayor have met with approval of people from all walks of life in Doncaster. we are always open to new members from this area regardless of colour creed previous political backgrounds. we just want common sense to prevail in public life. we want a parliament for England so we can decide our own affairs. so there is alternatives if you wish to be involved. Chris Reid PPC English Democrats Hyndburn chrislancs
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1:35pm Sat 6 Feb 10

Excluded says...

Doncaster.

That is where the attack in Edlington on those two boys took place. Where the Council failed in its duties so much that two young boys narrowly escaped with their lives. Where Social Services have failed inspection after inspection and the Council seems unable or unwilling to put it right. If that is what the English Democrats hold up as a model example of local government, what damage would they do across the country?
Doncaster. That is where the attack in Edlington on those two boys took place. Where the Council failed in its duties so much that two young boys narrowly escaped with their lives. Where Social Services have failed inspection after inspection and the Council seems unable or unwilling to put it right. If that is what the English Democrats hold up as a model example of local government, what damage would they do across the country? Excluded
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4:28pm Sat 6 Feb 10

Hugh Jardon says...

Excluded wrote:
Hugh Jardon, I take it you are not aware that Labour lost control of the Council in Blackburn with Darwen 3 years ago?

So the behaviour you are complaining about is the behaviour of a Tory led coaltion with its Liberal and For Darwen allies.
So, you actually believe that BwD isn't still Labour controlled?
Oh how utterly priceless!
It would take FIVE years to rid the Town Hall of Straw's little cronies.
[quote][p][bold]Excluded[/bold] wrote: Hugh Jardon, I take it you are not aware that Labour lost control of the Council in Blackburn with Darwen 3 years ago? So the behaviour you are complaining about is the behaviour of a Tory led coaltion with its Liberal and For Darwen allies.[/p][/quote]So, you actually believe that BwD isn't still Labour controlled? Oh how utterly priceless! It would take FIVE years to rid the Town Hall of Straw's little cronies. Hugh Jardon
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8:23pm Sat 6 Feb 10

Excluded says...

Labour has 28 Councillors, the Tory led Coalition has 34.

All nine Executive Councillors with portfolios are from the Coalition.

So, yes, Labour is not in control of the Council, the Tory led Coalition is. Anything the Coalition wants to do they can vote through. Anything Labour wants to do they can vote down.
Labour has 28 Councillors, the Tory led Coalition has 34. All nine Executive Councillors with portfolios are from the Coalition. So, yes, Labour is not in control of the Council, the Tory led Coalition is. Anything the Coalition wants to do they can vote through. Anything Labour wants to do they can vote down. Excluded
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11:14pm Sat 6 Feb 10

Hugh Jardon says...

Excluded wrote:
Labour has 28 Councillors, the Tory led Coalition has 34.

All nine Executive Councillors with portfolios are from the Coalition.

So, yes, Labour is not in control of the Council, the Tory led Coalition is. Anything the Coalition wants to do they can vote through. Anything Labour wants to do they can vote down.
you are missing the point.
like whitehall with its pro labour mandarins, the town hall is full of the jumped up little hitlers put in place a decade ago..possibly beyond.
just make sure that you read this paper tomorrow..all will become clear.
YOU WILL BE APPALLED!!

atb
HJ
[quote][p][bold]Excluded[/bold] wrote: Labour has 28 Councillors, the Tory led Coalition has 34. All nine Executive Councillors with portfolios are from the Coalition. So, yes, Labour is not in control of the Council, the Tory led Coalition is. Anything the Coalition wants to do they can vote through. Anything Labour wants to do they can vote down.[/p][/quote]you are missing the point. like whitehall with its pro labour mandarins, the town hall is full of the jumped up little hitlers put in place a decade ago..possibly beyond. just make sure that you read this paper tomorrow..all will become clear. YOU WILL BE APPALLED!! atb HJ Hugh Jardon
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9:20pm Sun 7 Feb 10

amazed says...

chrislancs, Gt. Harwood.
It is all very well to say "keep politics out of it" and that "people" should stand. I believe that it is very difficult for any individual
l to stand without some party backing. You need canvassers to get yourself known in the area. You need literature which costs money. You need sponsors - the list goes on.
I do not agree with some of the things this administration has done - heavy handed in some of the ways they have tried to put over their points. It is daft to suggest that they were responsible for not gritting the streets when everybody knows that because of the length of the cold spell was a shortage all round the country.
It is a pity that some people can't make an argument without descending into "numpty" language - one does not gain brownie points for that!!
chrislancs, Gt. Harwood. It is all very well to say "keep politics out of it" and that "people" should stand. I believe that it is very difficult for any individual l to stand without some party backing. You need canvassers to get yourself known in the area. You need literature which costs money. You need sponsors - the list goes on. I do not agree with some of the things this administration has done - heavy handed in some of the ways they have tried to put over their points. It is daft to suggest that they were responsible for not gritting the streets when everybody knows that because of the length of the cold spell was a shortage all round the country. It is a pity that some people can't make an argument without descending into "numpty" language - one does not gain brownie points for that!! amazed
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