Mayor and col­league not seek­ing re-elec­tion

Rossendale Free Press - - News -

STE­FAN JAJECZNYK

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.”

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