Burnley Council Elections 2021: Labour losses trigger town hall power struggle
Doubt has once again been cast over the leadership of Burnley Council after Labour losses saw its grip on town hall weaken.
The party suffered a crushing four-seat loss on a demoralising day that, compounded by significant losses two years ago, leaves them with 18 councillors – five shy of a controlling majority.
Conservatives and Greens were the big winners on the day, both picking up three seats.
Labour now holds 18 seats on the council followed by nine Conservatives, eight Lib Dems, five Burnley and Padiham Independent Party members, and five Greens.
Labour took back control of the council in September after the uneasy coalition of Burnley and Padiham Independents, Conservatives and Liberal Democrats relying on the tacit support of the Greens collapsed.
Fervent discussions will be held in the coming days and weeks to see how the council moves forward with cross-party alliances once again a necessity.
Here is the full list of results from this year's Burnley Borough Council elections:
Bank Hall Ward
Julie Hurt (Green) 158, Lubna Khan (Lab) 956, Maison McGowan-Doe (Con) 314.
Victoria Alker (Green) 76, Shelagh Limmer (Labour) 217, Margaret Lishman (Lib Dem) 693, Mike Steel (Con) 404.
Claire Ingham (Con) 399, Lian Pate (Lab) 333, Andy Wight (Green) 462.
Cliviger with Worsthorne
Scott Cunliffe (Green) 959, Pippa Lishman (Lib Dem) 50, Carol Lukey (Lab) 152, Andrew Newhouse (Burnley and Padiham Independent Party) 71, Richard Sagar (Con) 757, Steven Smith (National Front) 45.
Coal Clough with Deerplay
Jimmy Anderson (Burnley and Padiham Independent Party) 178, Bill Horrocks (Lab) 322, Jaqueline Inckle (Lib Dem) 508, Arash Sedigh (Green Party) 60, Linda Whittaker (Con) 323.
Daneshouse with Stoneyholme
Saeed Chaudhary (Lab) 1,376, Mohammed Hajji-Nazrul (Lib Dem) 461, Janet Hall (Green) 43, Tom Watson (Con) 70.
Darren Broughton (Con) 250, Mark Payne (Burnley and Padiham Independent Party) 508, Jai Redman (Green) 152, Lesley Sumner (Lib Dem) 69, Fiona Wild (Lab) 278.
Joseph Davis (Green) 80, Karen Ingham (Con) 776, Kate Proctor (Lab) 530.
Hapton with Park
Alan Hosker (Con) 1,256, Alun Lewis (Lab) 340, Duncan Reed (Green) 106.
Mark Alker (Green) 194, Jamie McGowan (Con) 667, Asif Raja (Lab) 863.
Helen Bridges (Green) 163, Arif Khan (Lab) 1,105, Alfie White (Con) 444.
Rosegrove with Lowerhouse
Dave Alexander (Burnley and Padiham Independent Party) 352, Joanne Broughton (Con) 353, Jane Davis (Green) 69, Marcus Johnstone (Lab) 387, Michael Taylor (Lib Dem) 109.
Rosehill with Burnley Wood
Margaret Brindle (Lab) 411, Phil Chamberlain (Con) 420, Tony Davis (Green) 120, Peter McCann (Lib Dem) 379.
Stephanie Forrest (Burnley and Padiham Independent Party) 67, Martyn Hurt (Green) 634, Tony Martin (Lab) 242, Susan Nutter (Con) 162.
Whittlefield with Ightenhill
Mitchell Cryer (Social Democratic Party) 21, Kathryn Haworth Lib Dem) 83, Nicola Sedgwick (Burnley and Padiham Independent Party) 353, Emma Simpkin (Green) 479, Shaun Sproule (Lab) 207, Don Whittaker (Con) 666.