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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.

 

Election candidate complains over councillors' Hillsborough comments

Patrick McGinley said he has reported two councillors over comments they made regarding his former career in South Yorkshire Police

Three communities rally to fight library closure proposals

Seven community buildings - including Oswaldtwistle, Clayton-le-Moors and Rishton libraries - are facing the axe

More than 130 people attend meeting on fracking in borough

The meeting at St Christopher's High School heard from anti-fracking groups

Hospital bosses admit 'surge in demand' after "terrible" delays at Royal Blackburn

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Non-emergency patients were urged to stay away from the hospital's "very busy" A and E

REVEALED: Three Hyndburn libraries facing chop in cuts announcement - but two saved

Five children's centres are also facing closure under the county council cuts

ELECTIONS 2016: Mayor Marlene Haworth loses council seat as Labour strengthens grip on Hyndburn

Mayor Marlene Haworth was the big electoral casualty as Labour strengthened its position at this afternoon’s Hyndburn council elections.

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Hyndburn Local Election results live updates: all the winners and losers

We're bringing the live updates from the local and police commissioner election counts at Accrington Town Hall

Public meeting tomorrow as licence paves the way for fracking in Hyndburn

Accrington, Oswaldtwistle and Baxenden have all been licensed for shale gas exploration

Hyndburn defendants appearing in front of the courts

Our regular Before the Bench column from Blackburn and Burnley magistrates

Exclusive: Local parties make plea for your vote at Local Elections 2016

Elections for Hyndburn council and the Police and Crime Commissioner are on May 5

MP hits out at plans to scrap Accrington walk-in centre

Bosses are proposing to create health hubs accessed by telephone appointment

MP in talks over saving listed church

Graham Jones wants St James Church Kirk brought back into community use

Six Labour councillors stepping down for Hyndburn council elections

Candidates have been announced for next month's 12 polls

Rhyddings Park volunteers step down following redwood tree controversy

The Friends group helped to secure a £2m redevelopment of the park

Rhyddings Park redwood tree saved from the chop by public petition

More than 2,000 people opposed the felling of the tree under a £2m lottery funded scheme

MP Graham Jones says Labour 'hostile' MPs list is "childish"

The Hyndburn MP has again criticised the party leadership under Jeremy Corbyn

Council job cuts will leave Hyndburn 'dirty' - councillor claims

Cuts have been made to pest control and environmental health

Hyndburn chief hails council's "remarkable achievement" after freezing council tax

But Tories accused Labour chiefs of lacking ambition over Accrington town centre

Politicians divided over European Union

The Hyndburn and Haslingden MP Graham Jones told the Observer that he would be voting to stay in the EU, despite wanting to withdraw.

Hyndburn council facing 'major challenges' to budget in coming years

Officers have identified £870,000 of savings over the next financial year

Huge hikes in funeral charges labelled a 'death tax'

Burial costs will increase by ONE THIRD to £700, with cremations going up to £625

Accrington Observer hands in your petition to save Hyndburn's libraries

More than 1,600 people backed the campaign to save our five libraries

Oswaldtwistle school headteacher in 'evolution is not a fact' Twitter row

A tweet attributed to St Andrew’s CE primary head Tina Wilkinson said there is 'more evidence that Bible is true'

Council tax bills to rise by at least £30 after LCC approves 3.99pc hike

...but thousands of the borough's poorest will pay £82 more

'Shocking' figures reveal Hyndburn's dangerous dogs problem

Dozens of dangerous dogs were put to sleep in 2013 and 2014

House price growth in Accrington in bottom 10 in the country - report

The Halifax report blamed weak employment and economic conditions

Families facing bleak Christmas as up to 15 jobs axed at brickworks

The 'Nori' brickyard was hailed as proof of economic recovery by the PM earlier this year

Bus chief's warning over plans to replace routes with volunteer drivers

Pilkington Buses say they may have to axe services if subsidy cuts go ahead

Library users hit by fee hikes as axe hovers over 40 sites

Fines have been hiked, charges increased, and exemptions axed by the county council

Peel councillor Wendy Dwyer to retire next year after 23 years

The veteran Labour councillor will not be seeking re-election next year

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Thousands expected at Great Harwood Agricultural Show

Four men involved in multi million pound tobacco fraud are jailed

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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