The runners and riders have been announced for the Hyndburn Council local elections to be held on May 6, with two councillors announcing they will stand down.
Eleven seats will be contested on the same day as the General Election, two currently held by members of the Independents in Hyndburn group, five by Labour and four by the Conservatives.
Jennie Anderson is bidding to join sister-in-law Janet Storey as a Conservative councillor in Clayton-le-Moors, where she will take on Independent incumbent Nick Collingridge, and former councillor Tim O’Kane, for Labour, in an intriguing battle.
But if elected she will not become the third member of the family on the council as Councillor Storey’s daughter Jennet Liddle, has decided not to put herself up for re-election in Rishton due to work commitments.
Her Conservative nomination is taken by Ross Sourbutts, who will defend the seat against Labour’s Ken Moss and Independent Chris Fisher.
Ex-councillor Tony Hindley, who has held a long running battle with the council over the refurbishment of the Oakhill Park Coach House, is taking on Conservative council leader Peter Britcliffe in St Andrew’s ward. John McCormack stands on the Labour Party ticket.
The youngest candidate is Great Harwood county councillor Ciaran Wells, 24, who takes Labour’s Netherton nomination following the retirement of former Hyndburn mayor Dr Mohamed Rahman. Mr Wells will defend the seat against Conservative Dennis Baron and Independent Stephen Aspin.
Currently the composition of the council is Conservative 18, Labour 12, Independents in Hyndburn 4, Independent 1.
One third of the council seats are up for election.
- Clayton-le-Moors: Nick Collingridge (Independent), Andrew Eccles (British National Party), Jennie Anderson (Conservative), Tim O'Kane (Labour)
- Huncoat: Paul Gott (Independent), Nick Whittaker (Conservative), Martyn Isherwood (Labour)
- Immanuel: Simon Taylor (Conservative), Colette McCormack (Labour)
- Milnshaw: Roger Jepson (Conservative), Clare Pritchard (Labour)
- Netherton: Stephen Aspin (Independent), Dennis Baron (Conservative), Ciaran Wells (Labour)
- Overton: Ian Robinson (Independent), Roy Atkinson (Conservative)
- Peel: Danny Cassidy (Conservative), Bernard Dawson (Labour)
- Rishton: Chris Fisher (Independent), Ross Sourbutts (Conservative), Ken Moss (Labour)
- Spring Hill: Mohammed Safdar (Conservative), Pam Barton (Labour), Akhtar Hussain (Liberal Democrats)
- St Andrew's: Tony Hindley (Independent), Peter Britcliffe (Conservative), John McCormack (Labour)
- St Oswald's: Brian Smith (Independent), Doug Hayes (Conservative), Stewart Eaves (Labour).