Blackburn with Darwen

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Borough of Blackburn with Darwen
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About this picture
status Unitary Authority , Borough
region North West England
Ceremony county Lancashire
Administrative headquarters Blackburn
surface 137.01 km²
Residents 148.942
was standing June 30, 2018
ONS code 00EX

Blackburn with Darwen is an independent administrative unit ( unitary authority ) in the ceremonial county of Lancashire , Region North West England . It consists of the city of Blackburn (also the administrative seat), the small town of Darwen and surrounding villages and countryside.


Blackburn with Darwen was founded in 1974 as the Lancashire Borough of Blackburn from the County Borough of Blackburn, the Borough of Darwen, parts of the Turton Urban District (including Belmont, Chapeltown and Edgworth) and parts of the Blackburn Rural District and split off from in May 1997 Renamed Lancashire County Council. On April 1, 1998, it became an independent administrative unit and has since formed a unitary authority.

Local politics

The parish council consists of 64 seats, each with three councilors divided into 23 parishes, exceptions are Earcroft, Whitehall, North Turton and Tuockholes with two and East Rural with only one seat.

Local elections

In 2004, six city councilors left the Labor Party and remained non-party in the local council. He saw himself no longer capable of a majority and called new elections. The municipal council was accused of election manipulation, corruption and infiltration by influential members of the Muslim community. Reforms in postal voting have also simplified the possibilities of corruption. The number of absentee votes in 2005 was 20,000, compared to 7,600 in 2001. In 2005, the local councilor Mohammed Hussain was imprisoned for three years for electoral fraud because he stole 230 postal votes in the 2002 city council elections and used them for himself.

The local council election of 2007 replaced the Labor Party and a coalition had to be formed. The smaller For Darwen Party and non-party formed a coalition with the Conservative Party and the Liberal Democrats . Like its predecessor, this coalition was as often entangled in controversy. One of the parish councilors was suspended for financial fraud and another for domestic violence. Tensions deepened when Michael Johnson, formerly the England First Party, now For Darwen Party, declared unemployment before The Sun in October 2007 because of "all the immigrants flooding the country." "These people are taking our jobs away from us and things will only get worse," he said. Three weeks before the local elections in May 2008, the Liberal Democratic candidate for Shear Brow caused a stir when he defected to the Labor Party.

In 2010, two council members resigned from the For Darwen Party, and in 2011 the Labor Party regained control of the council after a vote of no confidence.

Since 2015, Faryad Hussain, Labor Party, has served as mayor of Blackburn with Darwen.


Outside London , Blackburn with Darwen held the third largest Muslim population in the UK at 19.4% . According to the 2011 census, the Muslim share rose to 27%. South Asian ethnic groups belong to 20.4% of the regional population, which is around four times the national average.


Parishes in the Borough of Blackburn with Darwen
Places and mountains in the Borough of Blackburn with Darwen
  1. Darwen (town council)
  2. Eccleshill
  3. Livesey
  4. North Turton
  5. Pleasington
  6. Tockholes
  7. Yate and Pickup Bank

Web links

Commons : Borough of Blackburn with Darwen  - Collection of pictures, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. Mid 2018 Estimates of the population for the UK, England and Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland
  2. Labor councilors ditching party. BBC, June 16, 2004, accessed April 18, 2016 .
  3. We quit! Six labor councillors leave. Newsquest, June 16, 2004, accessed April 18, 2016 .
  4. Anne Penketh: Straw's seat is a hot-spot of postal vote fraud claims. Independent, May 4, 2005, accessed April 18, 2016 .
  5. ^ Andrew Sparrow: Voting open to 'childishly simple' fraud, says watchdog. Guardian, January 22, 2008, accessed April 18, 2016 .
  6. ^ David Bartlett: Vote-rigging crackdown. Lancashire Telegraph, January 24, 2007, accessed April 18, 2016 .
  7. Tom Moseley: Benefit fraud councillor 'should quit now'. Lancashire Telegraph, November 16, 2007, accessed April 18, 2016 .
  8. ^ Tom Moseley: Lib Dem councillor suspended by his party. Lancashire Telegraph, March 25, 2008, accessed April 18, 2016 .
  9. ^ Burning issue: Immigration. The Sun, accessed April 19, 2016 .
  10. Tom Moseley: Election in turmoil as LibDem candidate says: I'm a Labor supporter. Lancashire Telegraph, April 8, 2008, accessed April 19, 2016 .
  11. ^ David Watkinson: Labor back in control of Blackburn with Darwen. Lancashire Telegraph, September 14, 2010, accessed April 19, 2016 .
  12. Mayor. Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council, 2015, accessed April 19, 2016 .
  13. ^ Resident Population Estimates by Ethnic Group (Percentages). Office for National Statistics, May 18, 2011, accessed April 18, 2016 .

Coordinates: 53 ° 41 ′  N , 2 ° 28 ′  W