Ex-police chief in bid to fight Blackburn seat for Conservative Party

Retired East Lancashire police chief and Tory hopeful Bob Eastwood

Retired East Lancashire police chief and Tory hopeful Bob Eastwood

First published in News This Is Lancashire: Photograph of the Author by , Local government reporter

FORMER police chief Bob Eastwood has thrown his hat into the ring to become the Tory candidate for Blackburn MP at next year’s general election.

He is one of a shortlist of three for a selection meeting on September 6, according to Tory sources.

One of the other candidates is 35-year-old charity manager Shabbir Lorgat and the third is understood to be a councillor from a neighbouring borough.

The winner of the party selection contest will take on Labour candidate and Blackburn with Darwen Council leader Kate Hollern in the poll on May 7.

In 2010, retiring Labour MP Jack Straw had a majority of 9,856 over Michael Law-Riding but in 1983 he won by just 3,055 when challenged by Graham Mather.

Mr Straw took over the seat from Labour veteran former Cabinet Minister Barbara Castle in 1979. He went on to serve as Home Secretary, Foreign Secretary, Leader of the Commons and Lord Chancellor in the Labour government’s from 1997 to 2010.

Mr Eastwood, 49, retired as chief superintendent in charge of Lancashire Police’s Eastern Division covering Blackburn with Darwen, Hyndburn and Ribble Valley in April after four years in the post.

The Blackburn-born father-of-four, educated at St Mary’s Roman Catholic Grammar School, had served in the service for more than 30 years having joined aged 18 as a cadet.

While in the police he gained a degree in law and politics from Lancaster University Mr Lorgat is married and lives in Lammack and confirmed he was on the shortlist but declined to comment further.

Mr Eastwood was unavailable for comment.

Conservative Association chair Ann Law-Riding declined to give details of the shortlist other than there were three candidates.

She said the selection will take place on Saturday September 6.

Mr Straw said: “Who the Conservatives choose as their candidate is a matter for them.

“The Labour Party has a very fine candidate in Kate Hollern.”

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2:42pm Fri 29 Aug 14

Ex-Darrener says...

Mr Eastwood's former school has always been called St Mary's College.
Mr Eastwood's former school has always been called St Mary's College. Ex-Darrener
  • Score: 1

3:23pm Fri 29 Aug 14

abetterblackburn says...

Does Bob Eastwood not realise that MP for Blackburn’s Safe Seat can only be won by a New Labour candidate. For that reason Safe Seat Kate Hollern will win only because she can’t lose.

Lifeboats at the ready everyone!
Does Bob Eastwood not realise that MP for Blackburn’s Safe Seat can only be won by a New Labour candidate. For that reason Safe Seat Kate Hollern will win only because she can’t lose. Lifeboats at the ready everyone! abetterblackburn
  • Score: 17

4:32pm Fri 29 Aug 14

Graham Hartley says...

There is a least one point in this man's favour - he's not in it for the money.
There is a least one point in this man's favour - he's not in it for the money. Graham Hartley
  • Score: 14

5:47pm Fri 29 Aug 14

Good call says...

He's from the town and has had a "proper job", shame that most blackburn residents will blindly vote for Labour.
The Future is Hollern, Kate Hollern.
He's from the town and has had a "proper job", shame that most blackburn residents will blindly vote for Labour. The Future is Hollern, Kate Hollern. Good call
  • Score: 8

7:04pm Fri 29 Aug 14

Lord_Lucan says...

Of course he's in it for the money. This man retired at 45 on a full police pension based on final salary payable now. He can be employed anywhere other than the police without losing his pension. How many of you mortals would love to retire at 49 on a pension based on a huge salary? The police have the cushiness of numbers when it comes to retirement age and pension and you and I are paying for it. Don't give this man credit he doesn't deserve.
Of course he's in it for the money. This man retired at 45 on a full police pension based on final salary payable now. He can be employed anywhere other than the police without losing his pension. How many of you mortals would love to retire at 49 on a pension based on a huge salary? The police have the cushiness of numbers when it comes to retirement age and pension and you and I are paying for it. Don't give this man credit he doesn't deserve. Lord_Lucan
  • Score: -26

7:05pm Fri 29 Aug 14

Lord_Lucan says...

Sorry he retired at 49
Sorry he retired at 49 Lord_Lucan
  • Score: 0

7:11pm Fri 29 Aug 14

Lord_Lucan says...

By the way, the next time I see Bob at the Masonic Lodge I will say all of this to him personally.
By the way, the next time I see Bob at the Masonic Lodge I will say all of this to him personally. Lord_Lucan
  • Score: -8

7:36pm Fri 29 Aug 14

the beaver says...

Lord_Lucan wrote:
Of course he's in it for the money. This man retired at 45 on a full police pension based on final salary payable now. He can be employed anywhere other than the police without losing his pension. How many of you mortals would love to retire at 49 on a pension based on a huge salary? The police have the cushiness of numbers when it comes to retirement age and pension and you and I are paying for it. Don't give this man credit he doesn't deserve.
He has served his country since 18 he knows the problems of this town inside out. Working as a police officer dealing with scum every day deserves a pension. He will make a great leader but to many low life's in Blackburn would vote against him. And as for cushy number could you put up with the foul mouthed dregs of society spitting in your face on a weekly basis? Good look to Bob Eastwood he can count on my vote.
[quote][p][bold]Lord_Lucan[/bold] wrote: Of course he's in it for the money. This man retired at 45 on a full police pension based on final salary payable now. He can be employed anywhere other than the police without losing his pension. How many of you mortals would love to retire at 49 on a pension based on a huge salary? The police have the cushiness of numbers when it comes to retirement age and pension and you and I are paying for it. Don't give this man credit he doesn't deserve.[/p][/quote]He has served his country since 18 he knows the problems of this town inside out. Working as a police officer dealing with scum every day deserves a pension. He will make a great leader but to many low life's in Blackburn would vote against him. And as for cushy number could you put up with the foul mouthed dregs of society spitting in your face on a weekly basis? Good look to Bob Eastwood he can count on my vote. the beaver
  • Score: 21

7:42pm Fri 29 Aug 14

Graham Hartley says...

That Mr Eastwood is in receipt of a pension circa fifty thousand pounds per annum is what I count as evidence that he isn't in it for the money. Like all of us (even me) who have occupational pensions, Mr Eastwood will have contributed to the pension even from his earliest pay at age eighteen. I and many others I know were paying a couple of hundred pounds or so each month, and on that measure I haven't yet survived long enough to have received more than I paid, since I retired only last year. Well, it ain't all about me, innit. I wish him well, but what use is wishing?
That Mr Eastwood is in receipt of a pension circa fifty thousand pounds per annum is what I count as evidence that he isn't in it for the money. Like all of us (even me) who have occupational pensions, Mr Eastwood will have contributed to the pension even from his earliest pay at age eighteen. I and many others I know were paying a couple of hundred pounds or so each month, and on that measure I haven't yet survived long enough to have received more than I paid, since I retired only last year. Well, it ain't all about me, innit. I wish him well, but what use is wishing? Graham Hartley
  • Score: 11

8:43pm Fri 29 Aug 14

Biscay says...

Go for it Bob!
Go for it Bob! Biscay
  • Score: 7

9:06pm Fri 29 Aug 14

Lord_Lucan says...

Here we go - the ultra right wing Tories out in force with their comments "scum" , " "foul mouthed dregs" it just shows your prejudices of the majority working class folks of Blackburn. Bob Eastwood never saw the citizens or dealt with them anyway, he never left the leather seats of his office in the plush HQ at Greenbank anyway in the last few years. You always get ex police officers on here under their pseudonyms gipving support whatever to the establishment. I can give you first hand near death experiences of his failings of his policing plans and lack of action when reported to him.
Here we go - the ultra right wing Tories out in force with their comments "scum" , " "foul mouthed dregs" it just shows your prejudices of the majority working class folks of Blackburn. Bob Eastwood never saw the citizens or dealt with them anyway, he never left the leather seats of his office in the plush HQ at Greenbank anyway in the last few years. You always get ex police officers on here under their pseudonyms gipving support whatever to the establishment. I can give you first hand near death experiences of his failings of his policing plans and lack of action when reported to him. Lord_Lucan
  • Score: -12

9:18pm Fri 29 Aug 14

ste.g says...

join UKIP bob you will stand a better chance
join UKIP bob you will stand a better chance ste.g
  • Score: 14

9:29pm Fri 29 Aug 14

Lord_Lucan says...

Graham Hartley knows the special hand shake - you need to know that.
Graham Hartley knows the special hand shake - you need to know that. Lord_Lucan
  • Score: -3

9:30pm Fri 29 Aug 14

Cimbri says...

Y'all done now, with your vitriol?
I've met this man, many years ago, when he led a murder squad, before all this family liaison stuff, and I found him to be warm, passionate and diligent person.
I have huge respect for what he has done, under his watch, within the police.
Will I vote for him?
No.
Then, he was a policeman, doing his job but this is different.
I refuse to vote for any of the 3 parties, as they all seem to have one ideology, to gain power, then preserve the status quo..
I'd vote vote for anything resembling William Gladstone, that has radical ideas, to make a positive change, from the mess that we are in, right now.

Otherwise, 'none of the above'!
Y'all done now, with your vitriol? I've met this man, many years ago, when he led a murder squad, before all this family liaison stuff, and I found him to be warm, passionate and diligent person. I have huge respect for what he has done, under his watch, within the police. Will I vote for him? No. Then, he was a policeman, doing his job but this is different. I refuse to vote for any of the 3 parties, as they all seem to have one ideology, to gain power, then preserve the status quo.. I'd vote vote for anything resembling William Gladstone, that has radical ideas, to make a positive change, from the mess that we are in, right now. Otherwise, 'none of the above'! Cimbri
  • Score: 11

9:38pm Fri 29 Aug 14

Lord_Lucan says...

I am a genuine law abiding citizen. I have no cautions, no convictions and have never been under investigation. I went to Bob Eastwood with serious health and safety concerns resulting from his policing policy and strategy at a major event. He took no action at all and the same mistakes were repeated the next year. He should be investigated for his failings.
I am a genuine law abiding citizen. I have no cautions, no convictions and have never been under investigation. I went to Bob Eastwood with serious health and safety concerns resulting from his policing policy and strategy at a major event. He took no action at all and the same mistakes were repeated the next year. He should be investigated for his failings. Lord_Lucan
  • Score: -3

9:52pm Fri 29 Aug 14

Biscay says...

Lord_Lucan wrote:
Here we go - the ultra right wing Tories out in force with their comments "scum" , " "foul mouthed dregs" it just shows your prejudices of the majority working class folks of Blackburn. Bob Eastwood never saw the citizens or dealt with them anyway, he never left the leather seats of his office in the plush HQ at Greenbank anyway in the last few years. You always get ex police officers on here under their pseudonyms gipving support whatever to the establishment. I can give you first hand near death experiences of his failings of his policing plans and lack of action when reported to him.
An interesting comment - when you consider that the current MP's hands are dripping with the blood from the tens of thousands of innocent civilians killed as result of his direct and unnecessary interventions in the Middle East.
[quote][p][bold]Lord_Lucan[/bold] wrote: Here we go - the ultra right wing Tories out in force with their comments "scum" , " "foul mouthed dregs" it just shows your prejudices of the majority working class folks of Blackburn. Bob Eastwood never saw the citizens or dealt with them anyway, he never left the leather seats of his office in the plush HQ at Greenbank anyway in the last few years. You always get ex police officers on here under their pseudonyms gipving support whatever to the establishment. I can give you first hand near death experiences of his failings of his policing plans and lack of action when reported to him.[/p][/quote]An interesting comment - when you consider that the current MP's hands are dripping with the blood from the tens of thousands of innocent civilians killed as result of his direct and unnecessary interventions in the Middle East. Biscay
  • Score: 5

10:13pm Fri 29 Aug 14

Graham Hartley says...

Lord_Lucan wrote:
Graham Hartley knows the special hand shake - you need to know that.
Yes. My ex-father-in-law was a Mason, if that's the connection you're making. Though I'm a veteran of a sort in the business of exchanging wordy punches here, I'm busy with a breadboard design and can't give y'all much attention. It's a vocal effects unit (the breadboard design). Electronics talk, anyone?
[quote][p][bold]Lord_Lucan[/bold] wrote: Graham Hartley knows the special hand shake - you need to know that.[/p][/quote]Yes. My ex-father-in-law was a Mason, if that's the connection you're making. Though I'm a veteran of a sort in the business of exchanging wordy punches here, I'm busy with a breadboard design and can't give y'all much attention. It's a vocal effects unit (the breadboard design). Electronics talk, anyone? Graham Hartley
  • Score: -5

11:04pm Fri 29 Aug 14

nmclean77 says...

This man will have had the support of all of his police colleagues throughout all of his career, yet in recent years, the Tory party have gone on to shaft serving police officers by changing their pay and conditions and making them pay more, work longer and receive less in their pensions, yet, this ex officer goes and associates with the nasty Tory party - this move alone will have annoyed many of his ex-colleagues, and although he has no loyalties to them, it is just morally wrong!
This man will have had the support of all of his police colleagues throughout all of his career, yet in recent years, the Tory party have gone on to shaft serving police officers by changing their pay and conditions and making them pay more, work longer and receive less in their pensions, yet, this ex officer goes and associates with the nasty Tory party - this move alone will have annoyed many of his ex-colleagues, and although he has no loyalties to them, it is just morally wrong! nmclean77
  • Score: -2

8:38am Sat 30 Aug 14

Copperhead says...

Best of luck Mr. Eastwood - but you have NO chance of winning an election in a dross-hole like New Islamabad - sorry, I mean Blackburn - where so many rely on either state benefits or the public sector for their job.
Best of luck Mr. Eastwood - but you have NO chance of winning an election in a dross-hole like New Islamabad - sorry, I mean Blackburn - where so many rely on either state benefits or the public sector for their job. Copperhead
  • Score: 15

12:45pm Sat 30 Aug 14

Good call says...

Copperhead wrote:
Best of luck Mr. Eastwood - but you have NO chance of winning an election in a dross-hole like New Islamabad - sorry, I mean Blackburn - where so many rely on either state benefits or the public sector for their job.
Not to mention the significant number of criminals in the town, and the 10 postal votes to a bedsit scams.
[quote][p][bold]Copperhead[/bold] wrote: Best of luck Mr. Eastwood - but you have NO chance of winning an election in a dross-hole like New Islamabad - sorry, I mean Blackburn - where so many rely on either state benefits or the public sector for their job.[/p][/quote]Not to mention the significant number of criminals in the town, and the 10 postal votes to a bedsit scams. Good call
  • Score: 8

12:45pm Sat 30 Aug 14

Good call says...

Copperhead wrote:
Best of luck Mr. Eastwood - but you have NO chance of winning an election in a dross-hole like New Islamabad - sorry, I mean Blackburn - where so many rely on either state benefits or the public sector for their job.
Not to mention the significant number of criminals in the town, and the 10 postal votes to a bedsit scams.
[quote][p][bold]Copperhead[/bold] wrote: Best of luck Mr. Eastwood - but you have NO chance of winning an election in a dross-hole like New Islamabad - sorry, I mean Blackburn - where so many rely on either state benefits or the public sector for their job.[/p][/quote]Not to mention the significant number of criminals in the town, and the 10 postal votes to a bedsit scams. Good call
  • Score: 4

9:37pm Sat 30 Aug 14

mark anthony says...

Lord_Lucan wrote:
I am a genuine law abiding citizen. I have no cautions, no convictions and have never been under investigation. I went to Bob Eastwood with serious health and safety concerns resulting from his policing policy and strategy at a major event. He took no action at all and the same mistakes were repeated the next year. He should be investigated for his failings.
Lord lucan. DO one!!
[quote][p][bold]Lord_Lucan[/bold] wrote: I am a genuine law abiding citizen. I have no cautions, no convictions and have never been under investigation. I went to Bob Eastwood with serious health and safety concerns resulting from his policing policy and strategy at a major event. He took no action at all and the same mistakes were repeated the next year. He should be investigated for his failings.[/p][/quote]Lord lucan. DO one!! mark anthony
  • Score: 3

12:30pm Sun 31 Aug 14

CorkyMac says...

I don't know yet who all the candidates are, but If UKIP wasn't running, then MR Eastwood would certainly get my vote, not because of the Tories but because Blackburn needs shut of Labour and quickly before It's a point of no return after the devastation and destruction they have made of this town. Blackburn used to have at least some respect and pride years ago, but Labour have turned this town Into a depressing state that leaves people like they are carrying the world upon their shoulders, very sad. As for Hollern, well If she's the best we have to look forward to over the coming years, God help us, She ain't even from Blackburn, just like Jack Straw, she knows It's a safe seat to Labour, to the point this woman as Council leader, knowing the mess she has contributed to Blackburn's downfall, still stands for MP, It beggars believe that people In this town would still vote for her! At least MR Eastwood Is a local man, who might, just might, with time on his side, bring a little bit of respect back to Blackburn. One thing's for sure, Blackburn can't continue to spiral out of control more than It has done already, so for the non voters, the Liberal voters, and even the Labour voters that can see and feel the state Blackburn Is becoming, go and vote to get shut off the Incompetent fools that have wrecked the town. Do you honestly think Jack Straw Is going to retire here? No of course not, he's damaged the ship and now abandoning It, that's Labour In this town for you.
I don't know yet who all the candidates are, but If UKIP wasn't running, then MR Eastwood would certainly get my vote, not because of the Tories but because Blackburn needs shut of Labour and quickly before It's a point of no return after the devastation and destruction they have made of this town. Blackburn used to have at least some respect and pride years ago, but Labour have turned this town Into a depressing state that leaves people like they are carrying the world upon their shoulders, very sad. As for Hollern, well If she's the best we have to look forward to over the coming years, God help us, She ain't even from Blackburn, just like Jack Straw, she knows It's a safe seat to Labour, to the point this woman as Council leader, knowing the mess she has contributed to Blackburn's downfall, still stands for MP, It beggars believe that people In this town would still vote for her! At least MR Eastwood Is a local man, who might, just might, with time on his side, bring a little bit of respect back to Blackburn. One thing's for sure, Blackburn can't continue to spiral out of control more than It has done already, so for the non voters, the Liberal voters, and even the Labour voters that can see and feel the state Blackburn Is becoming, go and vote to get shut off the Incompetent fools that have wrecked the town. Do you honestly think Jack Straw Is going to retire here? No of course not, he's damaged the ship and now abandoning It, that's Labour In this town for you. CorkyMac
  • Score: 8

2:21pm Sun 31 Aug 14

Natasha90 says...

Blackburn with Darwen desperately needs to rid itself of Labour. Until this day (if ever) it will become increasingly deprived. Unfortunately there are too many people who have no ambition, and have no intention of bettering their lives who will always vote for Labour. Within BwD there are some lovely areas where I guess the majority of the people are very hard-working and respectful, yet unfortunately they will be outnumbered by the amount of scum that are just popping kids out for extra benefit payments.
Blackburn with Darwen desperately needs to rid itself of Labour. Until this day (if ever) it will become increasingly deprived. Unfortunately there are too many people who have no ambition, and have no intention of bettering their lives who will always vote for Labour. Within BwD there are some lovely areas where I guess the majority of the people are very hard-working and respectful, yet unfortunately they will be outnumbered by the amount of scum that are just popping kids out for extra benefit payments. Natasha90
  • Score: 7

4:43pm Sun 31 Aug 14

abetterblackburn says...

If Bob Eastwood did not have to compete with the biased Safe Seat candidates such as Jack Straw who has held his Safe Seat for goodness knows how many years and his helper Kate Hollern for more years than it has been worth he would win. Blackburn needs a fresh start politically but unfortunately the majority of voters within Blackburn with Darwen forbid any other than the one party to win. That biased attitude is handed down from one generation to the next. Memories of the struggles from the past industrial revolution casting their votes instead. Just a case of voting either for ’them or us’ with no consideration for the worthiness of the candidate they’re voting for. But would anyone buy a car from the same person who sold them that last car after the wheels fell off?

Unfortunately that is the dilemma that the people of Blackburn with Darwen are facing today. Are ’YOU’ really satisfied with what Blackburn with Darwen Council are providing for you today?

One things for sure, if the original Labour Party were still here today they would be out on the streets banners in hand competing against what the New Labour impostors have been providing for ’YOU’ over the past eighteen years or so. Little wonder why the Safe Seat New Labour Council is more than happy about the seasons why voters will be voting for them again . . .

They can’t lose, more fool us!
If Bob Eastwood did not have to compete with the biased Safe Seat candidates such as Jack Straw who has held his Safe Seat for goodness knows how many years and his helper Kate Hollern for more years than it has been worth he would win. Blackburn needs a fresh start politically but unfortunately the majority of voters within Blackburn with Darwen forbid any other than the one party to win. That biased attitude is handed down from one generation to the next. Memories of the struggles from the past industrial revolution casting their votes instead. Just a case of voting either for ’them or us’ with no consideration for the worthiness of the candidate they’re voting for. But would anyone buy a car from the same person who sold them that last car after the wheels fell off? Unfortunately that is the dilemma that the people of Blackburn with Darwen are facing today. Are ’YOU’ really satisfied with what Blackburn with Darwen Council are providing for you today? One things for sure, if the original Labour Party were still here today they would be out on the streets banners in hand competing against what the New Labour impostors have been providing for ’YOU’ over the past eighteen years or so. Little wonder why the Safe Seat New Labour Council is more than happy about the seasons why voters will be voting for them again . . . They can’t lose, more fool us! abetterblackburn
  • Score: 6

5:44pm Sun 31 Aug 14

Lord_Lucan says...

How could anyone seriously vote Conservative? Just look at the vile language used by the Tory supporters in the comments above as they refer to Blackburn residents as "scum" , "popping kids out for extra benefits payments", "no ambition" "criminals", "bed sit scams", "dross hole like new Islamambad", Blackburn residents this is how the Tories view you and this is why you don't vote for them. Well done, that's a wise and thought through choice.
How could anyone seriously vote Conservative? Just look at the vile language used by the Tory supporters in the comments above as they refer to Blackburn residents as "scum" , "popping kids out for extra benefits payments", "no ambition" "criminals", "bed sit scams", "dross hole like new Islamambad", Blackburn residents this is how the Tories view you and this is why you don't vote for them. Well done, that's a wise and thought through choice. Lord_Lucan
  • Score: -7

6:56pm Sun 31 Aug 14

abetterblackburn says...

You don’t get it do you Lord_Lucan?

The people who have voted all of their lives have suddenly realised that ‘The Labour Party’ is no more. Tony Blair stole it which helped him to make wars and a lot of money for himself. More like what you yourself would consider to be a Conservative! He raped ‘The Labour Party’ and replaced it with what we have in its place today. The ‘New’ Labour Party’.

Jack Straw is an oddity though. He’s used what’s now referred to as his ‘Safe Seat’ here in Blackburn to have furthered his career elsewhere and has never even lived here. Instead preferring to live near London. What more could anyone ever want from a ‘Safe Seat’ position as MP. He’s been very lucky and he‘s still here to prove it!

It’s not the Blackburn with Darwen Council bus that’s at fault. It’s the ‘Safe Seat’ driver and conductress who are taking everyone for a ride!
You don’t get it do you Lord_Lucan? The people who have voted all of their lives have suddenly realised that ‘The Labour Party’ is no more. Tony Blair stole it which helped him to make wars and a lot of money for himself. More like what you yourself would consider to be a Conservative! He raped ‘The Labour Party’ and replaced it with what we have in its place today. The ‘New’ Labour Party’. Jack Straw is an oddity though. He’s used what’s now referred to as his ‘Safe Seat’ here in Blackburn to have furthered his career elsewhere and has never even lived here. Instead preferring to live near London. What more could anyone ever want from a ‘Safe Seat’ position as MP. He’s been very lucky and he‘s still here to prove it! It’s not the Blackburn with Darwen Council bus that’s at fault. It’s the ‘Safe Seat’ driver and conductress who are taking everyone for a ride! abetterblackburn
  • Score: 6

7:03pm Sun 31 Aug 14

Natasha90 says...

Lord_Lucan wrote:
How could anyone seriously vote Conservative? Just look at the vile language used by the Tory supporters in the comments above as they refer to Blackburn residents as "scum" , "popping kids out for extra benefits payments", "no ambition" "criminals", "bed sit scams", "dross hole like new Islamambad", Blackburn residents this is how the Tories view you and this is why you don't vote for them. Well done, that's a wise and thought through choice.
Excuse me but I did not refer to all Blackburn residents as scum! There are a lot of very hard-working people in Blackburn, yet there are also a lot of people who are sitting on their backsides whilst they get paid the same amount - how is this fair? What has the Labour council achieved in all the years that it has been in power? Absolutely nothing! Investment has been spent in the wrong places/schemes and the education system is generally diabolical!
[quote][p][bold]Lord_Lucan[/bold] wrote: How could anyone seriously vote Conservative? Just look at the vile language used by the Tory supporters in the comments above as they refer to Blackburn residents as "scum" , "popping kids out for extra benefits payments", "no ambition" "criminals", "bed sit scams", "dross hole like new Islamambad", Blackburn residents this is how the Tories view you and this is why you don't vote for them. Well done, that's a wise and thought through choice.[/p][/quote]Excuse me but I did not refer to all Blackburn residents as scum! There are a lot of very hard-working people in Blackburn, yet there are also a lot of people who are sitting on their backsides whilst they get paid the same amount - how is this fair? What has the Labour council achieved in all the years that it has been in power? Absolutely nothing! Investment has been spent in the wrong places/schemes and the education system is generally diabolical! Natasha90
  • Score: 9

7:13pm Sun 31 Aug 14

Lord_Lucan says...

Natasha90 I hope all those hardworking students and teachers are reading your condemnation of them and as a result will see that they need to vote Labour. As it happens Blackburn has one of the highest performing schools in the country in Tauheedull Islam Girls High School.
Natasha90 I hope all those hardworking students and teachers are reading your condemnation of them and as a result will see that they need to vote Labour. As it happens Blackburn has one of the highest performing schools in the country in Tauheedull Islam Girls High School. Lord_Lucan
  • Score: -8

10:22pm Sun 31 Aug 14

Natasha90 says...

Lord_Lucan wrote:
Natasha90 I hope all those hardworking students and teachers are reading your condemnation of them and as a result will see that they need to vote Labour. As it happens Blackburn has one of the highest performing schools in the country in Tauheedull Islam Girls High School.
You actually have no idea do you? Blackburn does have the ability to become a prosperous town with the correct governance, but I guess you're just happy for it to be run into the ground. Also do you honestly think an Islamic faith school was a good idea considering how segregated the town is? They should have invested in building a good grammar school. This would have ensured that intelligent children from poorer backgrounds (and all backgrounds) would have the chance to receive a really good education.
[quote][p][bold]Lord_Lucan[/bold] wrote: Natasha90 I hope all those hardworking students and teachers are reading your condemnation of them and as a result will see that they need to vote Labour. As it happens Blackburn has one of the highest performing schools in the country in Tauheedull Islam Girls High School.[/p][/quote]You actually have no idea do you? Blackburn does have the ability to become a prosperous town with the correct governance, but I guess you're just happy for it to be run into the ground. Also do you honestly think an Islamic faith school was a good idea considering how segregated the town is? They should have invested in building a good grammar school. This would have ensured that intelligent children from poorer backgrounds (and all backgrounds) would have the chance to receive a really good education. Natasha90
  • Score: 11

10:38pm Mon 1 Sep 14

slopes says...

jeez not only tory an ex filth at that bent 2 ways .
jeez not only tory an ex filth at that bent 2 ways . slopes
  • Score: -5

3:22pm Thu 4 Sep 14

toto3643 says...

Lord_Lucan wrote:
Of course he's in it for the money. This man retired at 45 on a full police pension based on final salary payable now. He can be employed anywhere other than the police without losing his pension. How many of you mortals would love to retire at 49 on a pension based on a huge salary? The police have the cushiness of numbers when it comes to retirement age and pension and you and I are paying for it. Don't give this man credit he doesn't deserve.
He also paid 11% of his wage towards his pension so you did NOT pay for it.
[quote][p][bold]Lord_Lucan[/bold] wrote: Of course he's in it for the money. This man retired at 45 on a full police pension based on final salary payable now. He can be employed anywhere other than the police without losing his pension. How many of you mortals would love to retire at 49 on a pension based on a huge salary? The police have the cushiness of numbers when it comes to retirement age and pension and you and I are paying for it. Don't give this man credit he doesn't deserve.[/p][/quote]He also paid 11% of his wage towards his pension so you did NOT pay for it. toto3643
  • Score: 3

3:24pm Thu 4 Sep 14

toto3643 says...

Lord_Lucan wrote:
Of course he's in it for the money. This man retired at 45 on a full police pension based on final salary payable now. He can be employed anywhere other than the police without losing his pension. How many of you mortals would love to retire at 49 on a pension based on a huge salary? The police have the cushiness of numbers when it comes to retirement age and pension and you and I are paying for it. Don't give this man credit he doesn't deserve.
He also paid 11% of his wage towards his pension so you did NOT pay for it.
[quote][p][bold]Lord_Lucan[/bold] wrote: Of course he's in it for the money. This man retired at 45 on a full police pension based on final salary payable now. He can be employed anywhere other than the police without losing his pension. How many of you mortals would love to retire at 49 on a pension based on a huge salary? The police have the cushiness of numbers when it comes to retirement age and pension and you and I are paying for it. Don't give this man credit he doesn't deserve.[/p][/quote]He also paid 11% of his wage towards his pension so you did NOT pay for it. toto3643
  • Score: 0

6:05am Fri 5 Sep 14

Arrykhan says...

Copperhead wrote:
Best of luck Mr. Eastwood - but you have NO chance of winning an election in a dross-hole like New Islamabad - sorry, I mean Blackburn - where so many rely on either state benefits or the public sector for their job.
This is How narrow minded people can be . The above comment stinks of racism. Join the respect party BoB you will win by a mile!
[quote][p][bold]Copperhead[/bold] wrote: Best of luck Mr. Eastwood - but you have NO chance of winning an election in a dross-hole like New Islamabad - sorry, I mean Blackburn - where so many rely on either state benefits or the public sector for their job.[/p][/quote]This is How narrow minded people can be . The above comment stinks of racism. Join the respect party BoB you will win by a mile! Arrykhan
  • Score: -1

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