Burnley Council leader to step down to work on battle to become MP

Coun Julie Cooper with the Duke of Kent on a recent visit to Burnley Community Fire Station where they met crew manager Alan Ashworth

Coun Julie Cooper with the Duke of Kent on a recent visit to Burnley Community Fire Station where they met crew manager Alan Ashworth

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LABOUR’S Julie Cooper is to step down as Burnley Council leader after next month’s European and borough elections.

Coun Cooper, who will continue to represent her Bank Hall ward, said she wanted to concentrate on her campaign to become the borough’s MP at the 2015 General Election.

She will continue to represent her Bank Hall ward as a councillor until her seat is up for re-election in 2016.

Burnley’s Labour members will vote for Coun Cooper’s successor as party leader at their annual general meeting on May 25.

Coun Cooper said: “The next General Election is just too important to demand anything but my full attention.

“Another five years of this vicious and vindictive government, which our current MP supports so enthusiastically, would be disastrous not only for the people of Burnley and Padiham but for the whole of Britain.

“Only Labour will tackle the cost-of-living crisis and provide real opportunities for young people to get on in life.

“It has been a privilege to have the opportunity to lead Burnley Council and I have had two very busy and challenging years. I have led with real enthusiasm and integrity through all that time and I sincerely believe that I have made a positive difference.”

The next council leader will depend on the council’s composition after the borough elections on May 22, with 15 seats - one in each ward - up for grabs.

At present, Burnley Council is made up of 26 Labour councillors, 14 Liberal Democrats and five Conservatives.

Coun Cooper said her work in the interim period would be delegated to Labour’s deputy leader in the council, Coun Mark Townsend.

She said: “In spite of having to cope with the biggest budget cuts in the history of the town we have achieved a lot.

“I have been especially proud to lead an impressive programme of economic regeneration and job creation on sites throughout the borough and this has culminated in Burnley Council been gaining recognition as the most enterprising town in Britain.”

The general election will see Coun Cooper up against Burnley’s current MP, and her predecessor as council leader, Gordon Birtwistle (Lib Dem). No other party has confirmed its candidate.

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12:30pm Mon 14 Apr 14

madari says...

Madari the snake charmer says:

Julie Cooper quote:
Another five years of this vicious and vindictive government, which our current MP supports so enthusiastically, would be disastrous not only for the people of Burnley and Padiham but for the whole of Britain.

Really ??? and what did your lot Lieber do in their thirteen years in power???
Madari the snake charmer says: Julie [Tommy]Cooper quote: Another five years of this vicious and vindictive government, which our current MP supports so enthusiastically, would be disastrous not only for the people of Burnley and Padiham but for the whole of Britain. Really ??? and what did your lot Lieber do in their thirteen years in power??? madari
  • Score: 9

12:35pm Mon 14 Apr 14

madari says...

Madari the snake charmer says:

Julie {NeeTommy} Cooper states :Quote:

“Another five years of this vicious and vindictive government, which our current MP supports so enthusiastically, would be disastrous not only for the people of Burnley and Padiham but for the whole of Britain.

“Only Labour will tackle the cost-of-living crisis and provide real opportunities for young people to get on in life.

Really Cooper?? why don't you remind us of the irreparable mess & damage your lot the lieber party did to this once great nation of ours in the thirteen years of power????
Madari the snake charmer says: Julie {NeeTommy} Cooper states :Quote: “Another five years of this vicious and vindictive government, which our current MP supports so enthusiastically, would be disastrous not only for the people of Burnley and Padiham but for the whole of Britain. “Only Labour will tackle the cost-of-living crisis and provide real opportunities for young people to get on in life. Really Cooper?? why don't you remind us of the irreparable mess & damage your lot the lieber party did to this once great nation of ours in the thirteen years of power???? madari
  • Score: 7

4:57pm Mon 14 Apr 14

Timefor says...

None of the 3 main parties give whotsit for ordinary people. All are intent on more austerity, read, "tougher lives for the majority". Time to vote for people who stand against austerity and support ordinary people first.
None of the 3 main parties give whotsit for ordinary people. All are intent on more austerity, read, "tougher lives for the majority". Time to vote for people who stand against austerity and support ordinary people first. Timefor
  • Score: 6

6:11pm Mon 14 Apr 14

Truth will out says...

Julie Cooper needs to keep attacking the coalition because if she focuses on her own record of delivery in Burnley there isn't going to be much positive to say.
If the people of Burnley have Julie Cooper and Gordon Birtwistle to realistically choose from it shouldn't be any surprise to see support for the BNP grow again which is the last thing the town needs.
Julie Cooper needs to keep attacking the coalition because if she focuses on her own record of delivery in Burnley there isn't going to be much positive to say. If the people of Burnley have Julie Cooper and Gordon Birtwistle to realistically choose from it shouldn't be any surprise to see support for the BNP grow again which is the last thing the town needs. Truth will out
  • Score: 5

3:13pm Tue 15 Apr 14

DaveBurnley says...

Julie Cooper seems to suffer from selective amnesia. Has she forgotten which party got rid of Burnley's A&E? Which party closed down a lot of sub post offices?


She forgets it was Labour who did both of these, a faint shadow of the party which once stood for the working person. Nowadays they stand for nothing, except how deep they can get their snouts into the trough.
Julie Cooper seems to suffer from selective amnesia. Has she forgotten which party got rid of Burnley's A&E? Which party closed down a lot of sub post offices? She forgets it was Labour who did both of these, a faint shadow of the party which once stood for the working person. Nowadays they stand for nothing, except how deep they can get their snouts into the trough. DaveBurnley
  • Score: 7

1:56pm Thu 17 Apr 14

slants says...

20 years as my councillor and i've never seen her once in my area or on my street.waste of fat space.
20 years as my councillor and i've never seen her once in my area or on my street.waste of fat space. slants
  • Score: 4

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