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The borough of Hyndburn is run by the Labour controlled Hyndburn Borough Council and Conservative-controlled Lancashire County Council. It is represented in Parliament by the Labour MP Graham Jones.

Coffee shop worker to stand for Labour for the fourth time

David Hartley, 21, has been a member of the Labour Party since he was 18 and has been selected to run in the Conservative-held ward for the fourth time.

Council pays tribute to 'father of the community'

Sardar Ali suffered a suspected heart attack on Sunday, August 31, after collapsing in front of family and friends during afternoon prayers at the Raza Jamia Masjid Mosque on Grimshaw Street.

Call to fly St Andrew's cross

Conservative Councillor Peter Britcliffe wants the borough to show its support for keeping the United Kingdom together by raising the St Andrew’s Cross above the town hall building in the lead up to the historic vote on independence.

Julie to attend cancer debate

Julie, who is from Accrington, has been campaigning for greater research of the disease since bowing out of Coronation Street earlier this year, where she played cancer sufferer Hayley Cropper.

Residents urged to support plan for new Oswaldtwistle parish council

Hyndburn council’s controlling Labour group decided to abolish area councils in the borough as a cost saving measure earlier this summer.

TV star Julie to get Freedom of Borough

The Accrington actress has been nominated by the council to receive the Freedom of the Borough at a ceremony next month.

Rail link on hold for 6 more months

The £8.8m replacement of the ‘Todmorden Curve’ stretch of track was completed in May, but rail bosses now say services will not starting running on the line until May 2015 at the earliest.

Police social media abuse uncovered

New figures, obtained using Freedom of Information laws, show that more than 20 Lancashire Police officers have been disciplined over their use of Twitter and Facebook in the last five years.

Reshuffle raises rail link hopes

Claire Perry MP has replaced Stephen Hammond MP as rail minister and Hyndburn MP Graham Jones has said that he has cornered the incoming transport chief about the rail link.

'Time to get tough' as area is among worst for yobs

Hyndburn MP Graham Jones made the comments after police figures for the last year revealed the borough to be the sixth worst in England and the second worst in Lancashire for anti-social behaviour incidents.

VIDEO: Bins not collected for ONE month

All waste services across Hyndburn had to be cancelled last Thursday after not enough staff came into work due to a row with the government over pay rises.

Pals ale storms Parliament bar

A special beer brewed and bottled in memory of the Accrington Pals has gone on sale at Westminster.

Council bosses are left red faced over hanging baskets mix up

Councillors in Oswaldtwistle asked for hanging baskets to be installed around Rhyddings Park, but some were mistakenly also put up around Stanhill.

Council leader under fire

Last month’s decision to cut nine area councils across Hyndburn was met with outrage by residents at the first meeting of Oswaldtwistle’s new area forum. The forum was meeting for the first time since the area councils were scrapped as a cost saving measure.

Concert band gets special Pals banners

The Accrington Lions donated the music stand banners to the East Lancashire Concert Band for use at their First World War commemoration events.

Tributes paid to ‘Mr Accrington Stanley’

All corners of the community, from former colleagues and friends to past cricketers and footballers, have expressed their deep sadness at the passing of Eric Whalley, 73, on Friday, June 27.

Were you snapped at the Freedom Parade? See our picture gallery and video

Crowds of schoolchildren, parents, dignitaries and veterans enjoyed the 120-strong parade of the 1st Duke of Lancaster Regiment as they exercised their Freedom of the Borough.

MP backs campaign to open up pathway

Hyndburn MP Graham Jones has written to Lancashire County Council to try and secure the reopening of the Martholme Viaduct in Great Harwood.

Councillors pledge to keep meetings with residents

The pledge came after Hyndburn council announced they would be scrapping area councils next year.

MP backs campaign to open up pathway

Hyndburn MP Graham Jones has written to Lancashire County Council to try and secure the reopening of the Martholme Viaduct in Great Harwood.

Theatre pals win £10k arts grant

Eddie O’Brien and Shaun Tattersall, both from Accrington, have been awarded £10,000 from the Big Lottery’s Awards For All scheme to arm themselves with the latest sound and lighting equipment. 

Hyndburn MP is Twitter sensation

The Hyndburn MP is one of 436 MPs who use the social media site Twitter to interact with constituents, and currently has more than 3,000 followers.

Rape reports rise in shock figures

The figures, released to the Observer by Lancashire Police, show that more than a third of those reported have been cases of child rape.

'Lasting legacy' as showhomes open

Two new showhomes in the Woodnook area of Accrington were opened up to the community by developer PlaceFirst, Together Housing Group and partners Hyndburn Council.

Shadow rail boss is siding with Observer

Lilian Greenwood MP, who is the opposite number of rail boss Stephen Hammond in the House of Commons, has stated the current Todmorden Curve situation is ‘unacceptable’.

Hyndburn MP defends 19-day recess after scrutiny accusations

Hyndburn MP Graham Jones said the recess, which ended this week after a two-week Easter holiday and ahead of a six-week summer break, is due to a lack of ideas.

UKIP cause big upset in Hyndburn

The biggest casualties of UKIP's rise were Labour's deputy council leader Clare Pritchard, at the hands of her father Malcolm, and veteran Conservative councillor Doug Hayes.

Hyndburn Borough Council Elections 2014

Eleven seats are up for grabs at Hyndburn council with Labour and UKIP fielding candidates in every ward, the Conservatives fielding nine, the Green Party with three and four independents.

Tributes paid to ‘Mr Huncoat'

Colin Feeley, who was known locally at ‘Mr Huncoat’, worked tirelessly for the community as a Labour councillor for more than ten years.

Dad accuses daughter Clare of electoral fraud

Clare Pritchard is due to contest her Milnshaw seat in Accrington in a head-to-head battle with her father Malcolm, a candidate for UKIP, in Thursday’s local elections.

Videos & Photos

Man's body pulled from canal water

Classic cars roll into town for motor show

Blaze tears through former working men's club (picture gallery)

In This Week's Paper

Journalists

Stuart Pike
Deputy editor specialising in politics
Alex Bell
Crime
Bethany English
District reporter
Beth Abbit
Court reporter
Jon Macpherson
Reporter
Kate Watkins
Reporter specialising in communities
Garth Dawson
Photographer and columnist