Mayor and colleague not seeking re-election
TWO Rawtenstall councillors will say goodbye to the council when the electorate goes to the polls next month.
Veteran Labour councillor Colin Crawforth, the current Mayor of Rossendale, will not be standing for re-election in Hareholme ward, while his Longholme ward party colleague Coun Annie McMahon will also be stepping down following her four-year term.
The full list of candidates for the Rossendale council elections on Thursday, May 3 has been released, with both Labour and the Conservatives contesting all 12 seats up for grabs.
Coun McMahon said: “I’m really disappointed to l Stepping down: Longholme ward councillor Annie McMahon and current Rossendale mayor, Hareholme councillor Colin Crawforth not be standing again as I’ve been really proud to represent Longholme. I have seriously bad mobility problems and my husband is not well.
“[Labour leader] Alyson Barnes did everything she could to offer me help and support but I felt it was better to get somebody more able than me.
“It has been good working with members on both sides.”
Mayor Crawforth said: “I have been pleased and privileged to represent the people of Hareholme ward fo 10 years and I’m equally proud to have been the Mayor this past year.”
Rossendale Labour leader Alyson Barnes will be standing against Conservative county councillor David Foxcroft in Goodshaw.
Independent Granville Barker, will be contesting a seat in Worsley ward, where he will go up against Labour incumbent, Ann Kenyon, and Conservative candidate Nicola May.
Of the 12 seats to be decided Labour currently holds six and the Conservatives five, with the other held by sole Community First member Alan Neal.
The Conservative party will need a virtual ‘cleansweep’ in order to win control of the council - retaining all five of the seats they
ROSSENDALE council local election candidates (candidates/ parties defending seats in capitals): Eden: ANNE CHEETHAM (CON), David Rogerson (Lab) Goodshaw: ALYSON BARNES (LAB), David Foxcroft (Con) Greenfield: GRANVILLE MORRIS (CON), Lisa Bloor (Lab) Greensclough: JIMMY EATON (CON), Sue Brennan (Lab) Hareholme: currently control, while gaining an additional five.
The Hareholme seat will be contested by Mohammad Abdullah from the Conservative Party and Christine Gill from the Labour Party.
The Longholme seat will be contested by Joseph Stevens from the Labour Party and Thomas Black- Mohammed Abdullah (Con), Christine Gill (LAB) Healey & Whitworth: ALAN NEAL (CF), Rachael Barker (Lab), Laurence Foxcroft (Con) Helmshore: BRIAN ESSEX (CON), Ross Charnock Irwell: MICHELLE SMITH (LAB), Kevin Bryan (NF), Denis Kostyan (Con) Longholme: Joseph Stevens (LAB), Thomas Blackburn (Con) Stacksteads: JACKIE OAKES (LAB). Jenny burn from the Conservatives. In Ramsbottom, which falls under Bury Metropolitan Council, there are elections being held in Ramsbottom and North Manor wards.
The deadline to register to vote in these elections is Tuesday, April 17.
Apply online at gov.uk/ register-to-vote. Rigby (Con) Whitewell: KARL KEMPSON (CON), Alastair Price (Lab) Worsley: ANN KENYON (LAB), Granville Barker (Ind), Nicola May (Con).
BURY COUNCIL Ramsbottom: Jamie Hoyle (CON) Stephen Stokes (Liberal Democrat) Kevin Thomas (Lab) North Manor: JAMES DALY (CON), Ewan Arthur (LD), Mary Heath (Grn), Tom Pilkington (Lab). AN investigation has been launched at Haslingden High School.
School bosses say they have been made aware of an allegation, which is currently being investigated, but would not reveal the nature of it.
However, they would not comment further on the issue.
Mark Jackson, headteacher at Haslingden High School, said: “We are aware of an allegation which is currently being investigated. We will not be commenting further at this time.”