BLACKO AND HIGHERFORD
Pendle Borough Council, Lancashire; caused by the disqualification of Conservative councillor Shelagh Derwent who failed to attend any meetings of the council in six months. Derwent has reportedly moved to Dorset to be near her family, and stood down from Lancashire County Council at the 2013 elections.
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In electoral terms this is a very safe and very boring Conservative ward. Derwent had been the local councillor since before the modern ward was created in 2002, and polled 79.8% of the vote at both of her most recent re-elections in 2007 and 2011. Her vote peaked in 2003 at 84.4%. The ward is also part of a safe Conservative county council division (Pendle East).
Defending for the Conservatives is Noel McEvoy, a qualified football referee. His opposition comes from Labour's Robert Oliver, who is vice-chairman of Barrowford parish council; the Lib Dems' Darren Reynolds, a former Burnley councillor who fought this ward in 2007; and UKIP's first candidate for the ward, Mick Waddington.
Parliamentary constituency: Pendle
Lancashire county council division: Pendle East
ONS Travel to Work Area: Burnley, Nelson and Colne
Noel McEvoy (C)
Robert Oliver (Lab)
Darren Reynolds (LD)
Mick Waddington (UKIP)
May 2011 result C 583 Lab 148
May 2007 result C 566 Lab 80 LD 63
May 2003 result C 552 Lab 62 LD 40
May 2002 result C 569 Lab 67 LD 60