Pendle Borough Council

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Pendle Borough Council is a district council in England, that has authority covering the borough of Pendle in Lancashire.

Current composition:[1]

On March 9th 2017, The Labour and Liberal Democrat group were accused of "racism" after allegedly asking the solitary BNP councilor to form a coalition with them to avoid the Conservatives taking control of the council. The alleged deal between the BNP, Labour and Liberal Democrats was strenuously denied by the three parties.

However, Leader of the Conservative opposition, Cllr Joe Cooney wrote to current Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn and the then Lib Dem leader Tim Farron in asking them to condemn the situation.[2]

In June 2017, a Conservative councilor was suspended after sending a racist post on social media comparing Asians to dogs. This controversy expanded after the local elections in 2018, when the councilor was readmitted into the Conservative Party, allowing the Conservative party to gain a majority on the council. The Pendle Labour party accused the Pendle Conservative Party of condoning racism after the reinstatement. The Shadow Minister for Women and Equalities, Dawn Butler, called upon the Conservative Party Chairman, Brandon Lewis, to issue a statement saying that the councilor in question would not be part of the Conservative group on the council. This followed a statement from Lewis congratulating the Pendle Conservatives on winning a majority on the council.[3][4]

Council elections

2006 local elections

In 2006, Pendle Borough Council gained an Asian Liberal Democrat councillor, a BNP councillor and two councillors for the nationalist England First party.[5]

In 2007 the council banned one of its employees from wearing a St George's bandana because "it could be considered offensive and racist".[6]

2010 local elections

In the 2010 election the council was composed of the following councillors:-[7]

Year Conservative Liberal Democrat Labour British National Party Independent
2010 17 16 13 2 1

References

  1. ^ [1]
  2. ^ http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-lancashire-39223658
  3. ^ https://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/entry/conservatives-pendle-councillor_uk_5aec782be4b0c4f193220367?
  4. ^ https://www.theguardian.com/politics/blog/live/2018/may/03/local-elections-council-england-2018-tories-labour-corbyn-may
  5. ^ BBC News article
  6. ^ Dustman Matthew Carter quoting the verbal reprimand he had received from Ian McInery, operational service manager for P.B.C.
  7. ^ "Pendle". BBC News Online. 19 April 2009. Retrieved 12 February 2011. 
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