Mayor Marlene Haworth was the big electoral casualty as Labour strengthened its position at this afternoon’s Hyndburn council elections.
She was ousted from St Oswalds ward by Labour candidate Glen Harrison, as the ruling group made one gain.
Labour managed comfortable holds in all nine of their wards, adding six new councillors to their ranks in the process.
Tories Tony Dobson and Terry Hurn succeeded in holding on to Barnfield and Baxenden.
Labour now outnumber the Tories 26 to seven after claiming St Oswalds ward from the Conservatives.
Neither UKIP or the Green party were able to provide an upset.
Labour leader Miles Parkinson said he was thrilled with the result.
He said: “It would have been a magnificent result just to hold our seats but to win a seat and also take unfortunately the mayor’s seat is a major achievement.”
However, Coun Parkinson paid tribute to Marlene Howarth.
He said: “Marlene has served the borough wonderfully in her mayoral year, and has represented us with dignity and enthusiasm.
“But politics is politics, we’ve got a very young candidate who’s been out every day and night to put forward a positive and passionate belief in St Oswalds, and I’ll welcome Glen to the council. But some sympathy must go the Mayor.”
Conservative leader Tony Dobson said he was disappointed with the result but said the loss of one seat would not have a huge impact on the party.
He said: “One seat won’t any real difference about us being effective. It was disappointing to lose Marlene. I think she’s almost given the seat up to do the mayoralty properly because even today, instead of being here, she’s out on a mayoral visit, that’s cost us and cost her personally.
“I know she’ll be disappointed but we put ourselves forward and try and do the right thing, we either convince people that we can or we can’t.
“Historically we never do great when we’ve got our government in power because we seem to have a situation in Hyndburn where people like to vote against the ruling government of the time.
“My philosophy for the future won’t be any different. We are holding Labour to account and making sure they don’t just breeze through Hyndburn doing exactly what they want especially when it’s against what local residents think and need.”
Hyndburn council results:
- Labour 551
- Conservative 278
- Green 115
- UKIP 245
- Labour hold, Stephen Button elected
- Labour 588
- Conservative 635
- UKIP 126
- Conservative hold, Tony Dobson re-elected
- Labour 407
- Conservative 654
- UKIP 226
- Conservative hold, Terry Hurn re-elected
- Labour 1157
- Conservative 753
- Labour hold, Abdul Khan elected
- Labour 777
- Conservative 176
- Labour hold, Jean Battle elected
- Labour 698
- Conservative 388
- UKIP 273
- Labour hold, Noordad Aziz re-elected
- Labour 771
- Conservative 702
- Green 71
- UKIP 403
- Labour hold, Stephanie Haworth elected
- Labour 593
- UKIP 259
- Labour hold, Paddy Short elected
- Labour 766
- Conservative 632
- UKIP 439
- Labour hold, Jeff Scales elected
- Labour 998
- Conservative 271
- Labour hold, Munsif Dad re-elected
- Labour 573
- Conservative 476
- Labour hold, Stewart Thurston elected
- Labour 713
- Conservative 588
- UKIP 500
- Labour gain, Glen Harrison elected