Lancashire Politics

Our political correspondent is taking an electoral tour of constituencies across Lancashire, speaking to candidates about their plans and priorities - and asking why you should lend them - and their party - your vote on 8th June.BLACKPOOL NORTH AND CLEVELEYSBLACKPOOL SOUTH CHORLEY FYLDELANCASTER AND FLEETWOOD PRESTONSOUTH RIBBLESOUTHPORTWEST LANCASHIREWYRE AND PRESTON NORTH Note, candidates appear in the order of their party's share of the vote in that constituency in 2015.   Each candidate within a constituency is given the same amount of screen time, although interview du..
WATCH:  results, reaction and analysis The Lancashire County Council election results were, in some ways, a lesson in the inate vagueries of the electoral system.   One Labour cabinet member defending a majority of just seven held on to his seat, but added fewer than 20 votes to his majority.   Meanwhile, a colleague who may have felt comfortable having secured a margin of nearly a thousand back in 2013 was swept away by a candidate for UKIP - a party which had never before walked the corridors of county hall and was decimated in every seat it was defending el..
Our political correspondent explores political chances and boundary changes ahead of the county council elections on 4th May.South and Central Lancashire (Chorley, Preston, South Ribble, West Lancashire) - and North Lancashire (Fylde, Lancaster, Ribble Valley, Wyre) - Lancashire (Burnley, Hyndburn, Pendle, Rossendale) -
We invited the five main political parties to put a one-minute pitch to the people of Lancashire ahead of the county council elections on 4th May.   Here they are, in alphabetical order:Conservatives - - Party - Democrats - -
WATCH:  That's Lancashire reports as protestors learn their legal challenge has failed.It was grey and wet at Fylde's nearly-operational fracking site when protestors learned that they had lost a legal challenge attempting to have the process halted.  The weather matched their mood.Last month, a High Court judge heard evidence from the Preston New Road Action Group (PNRAG) and an individual campaigner known as Gayser Frackman, both of whom were attempting to overturn the decision by the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government to permit energy firm to Cu..
WATCH:  That's Lancashire's exclusive report from inside Wyre Council planning meetingPlans to build more than 600 homes along a six-mile stretch of the A6 in Wyre have been approved.   All but one of the applications put before Wyre Council's planning committee were approved.Some residents reacted angrily, with one Barton local telling councillors, "You're killing the community."Details of the applications can be seen below and tune-in next week for a special series of reports exploring either side of the debate over redevelopment.APPROVED 16/00241/OULMAJ  Land at Nateby C..
Manchester's Civil Justice Centre was the setting for what could be the last legal word on fracking in Fylde.It is almost three years since energy firm Cuadrilla applied for planning permission to carry out exploratory drilling at two sites in Little Plumpton and Roseacre Woods.   Lancashire County Council rejected the applications back in 2015, but the government overturned the Little Plumpton decision last October, after a public inquiry and a 600-page report by a Planning Inspector.   This report informed the government in its decision.   The application to frack in Roseacre ..
The last fortnight has seen councils across Lancashire setting their budgets for the year ahead. Catch up with our comprehensive coverage from across the county and your corner of it.WATCH: Lancashire County Council -… LCC leader and opposition interviews -… Blackpool and Preston -… South Ribble - Chorley - Wyre - for in-depth coverage and analysis of politics and public policy news from across Lancashire, tune in..
Buried in the crypt of Blackburn Cathedral last week, a group of local NHS leaders took another small step on the road to a redesigned health and social care system for Lancashire.   Amongst the few dozen members of the public who had gathered to observe the proceedings, there was concern that the masterplan itself was similarly hidden.Billed as "the decision-making body" [our emphasis] of the controversial Sustainability and Transformation Plan (STP), the pedantic could have insisted that it be prefaced instead with the indefinite article.   The committee, meeting for..
WATCH:  That's Lancashire report on opposition to combined authority planThe lone voice of opposition amongst Lancashire council leaders to a combined authority for the county has warned that the project is not yet a done deal.Cllr Peter Gibson, the Conservative leader of Wyre Borough Council, heads the only local authority not to have signed up to a shadow version of the organisation, which has been operating since last summer.With parliament expected to give the go-ahead to the formation of a fully-fledged umbrella body later this month, Cllr Gibson has claimed that his is not the only ..
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