Jubilant Tories have remained in control today as the party won 20 out of the 23 wards up for grabs in the local council election.
Reflecting the national picture of support for the Conservatives, the party won 33 seats in the Ribble Valley, while Liberal Democrat won four and Labour one.
In a shock election result, hard-working Labour candidate Maureen Fenton won a seat in the Edisford and Low Moor ward, polling 439 votes. A former Clitheroe Town Councillor, Maureen (65), said: “I’m very happy to have won and am keen to see local people, including youngsters having a say and putting their views forward in all aspects of Ribble Valley life.”
Community stalwart and long-serving councillor for Whalley, Joyce Holgate increased her majority securing 1396 votes. Her fellow Tory councillor for the ward, Terry Hill said he was “absolutely thrilled”.
It was a anxious day for ex-Liberal Democrat councillor Ruth Hargreaves, who previously represented Edisford and Low Moor in Clitheroe, but decided to switch to the borough council’s ruling Tory group two months ago. Today, she celebrated a win in the St Mary’s Ward with 642 votes. She admitted it was a big decision changing parties, but thanked everyone for their help and support and looking ahead hopes to represent the people of St Mary’s Ward as a Tory councillor.
Meanwhile, Lib Dem councillors Allan Knox, Mary Robinson, Sue Knox retained their seats with a new addition to the party, Mark French, who successfully polled 475 votes in the Littlemoor Ward.
Allan said: “It has been a tough election, but the people of Clitheroe know we work hard and that has been appreciated.”