Burnley’s Labour group took seats off the Liberal-Democrats and the British National Party at Thursday’s county council elections.
Mirroring the scene across Lancashire, Labour took four out of six seats on the council, with the Lib-Dems, who had previously held the majority of Burnley’s seats on the council, retaining two.
The BNP has now lost its only county council seat.
Leader of Burnley Labour group Coun. Julie Cooper said it was a good day for Labour and she was pleased the BNP was no longer on the county council.
“I’m really pleased. We started the day with one county council seat and now we have four. I’m particularly pleased that there are no BNP councillors in the district now. We are focusing on rebuilding trust with the public and we still have a long way to go.” Coun. Terry Burns said he was delighted to win back the seat, which he had previously held for 20 years, until he was defeated by the Lib-Dems at the last county council election. Coun. Marcus Johnstone also expressed his delight on winning, after he was defeated by BNP councillor Sharon Wilkinson four years ago. She did not stand for re-election.
“I think it is important the nightmare that was the BNP haven’t just been beaten, they have been trounced.”