News in photos: Burnley Council elections 2014

It was a red letter day in Burnley for the Labour Party which held its seven seats up for grabs and gained two to strengthen its grip on Burnley Council last week.

Labour now has 28 seats on the council, with the Liberal Democrats 12 and the Conservatives five.

Trish Ellis celebrates her victory in the Lanehead ward at the Burnley election count.

Trish Ellis celebrates her victory in the Lanehead ward at the Burnley election count.

All the parties held off a surge in votes for the UK Independence Party (UKIP) which fielded four candidates, who finished second in each of their wards.

Two candidates each from the British National Party and the Trade Unionists and Socialists Against Cuts failed to win their seats.

Meanwhile, Burnley Lib Dem MP Gordon Birtwistle held his seat in the Coalclough with Deerplay ward and Burnley Mayor Coun. Frank Cant held on to his seat in Gawthorpe.

The overall voter turnout was 33%.

It was a mixed day for the Lib Dems in Burnley, which saw them hold five but lose two seats to Labour, Lanehead and Queensgate, where their previous councillors, Peter McCann and Jennifer Knowles, did not seek re-election.

Lanehead was won by Labour’s Patricia Ellis, who defeated the Lib Dem’s Gordon Lishman CBE, former Director General of Age Concern England. In Queensgate, former Burnley Council planning officer Susan Graham received 908 votes defeating Lib Dem Tom Wilkinson.

It was a stunning success for Labour in Daneshouse with Stoneyholme which saw Coun. Shah Hussain hold his seat with 1,421 votes to Liberal Democrat Rupali Begum’s 671 votes. The ward had the biggest turnout in the borough with 52.6%.

The only Conservative councillor up for election was in Cliviger with Worsthorne ward where former Mayor David Heginbotham had a close-run contest with UKIP candidate Tom Commis, coming in with 524 votes to 415.

Trinity ward saw the lowest turn-out of voters with just 23.9% going to the polls. Labour’s Howard Baker won comfortably with 518 votes beating the challenges of Lib Dem Paul Harrison and David Baynes from the Trade Unionists and Socialists Against Cuts.

Chairman of the East Lancs branch of UKIP Tom Commis, of Todmorden, said: “We are relatively new to this. We don’t really understand the mechanics but in a way that’s a good thing.

“We have had a lot of interest from local people over the last few weeks and I hope at the next election we can field 10 candidates.

“We say what we believe and if people believe it too they can vote for us.”