Flood-hit homes and businesses still need help

Wyre residents are among hundreds in the county still unable to live in their homes following last December’s flooding. according to a new report.

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County Coun David Borrow

Report says council’s cash to last two years

Lancashire County Council is heading for financial disaster with its reserves set to run out by 2018/19, an independent report has found.

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Coun Jennifer Mein

Cabinet dismisses pleas to save county libraries

It took less than two hours today for Lancashire County Council’s cabinet to sign the final execution papers for a host of Lancashire libraries and children’s centres - despite being forced to think again.

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Coun. Simon Blackburn

What you’ve been saying about £24m tram proposal

One of the most prickly subjects in Blackpool at the moment – apart from the running of Blackpool FC of course – is the bus station.

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County Hall

Library decision to be debated today

County Hall chiefs are to look again at the controversial decision to close more than 100 buildings, including numerous local libraries, after protests from across Lancashire.

Coun. Simon Blackburn, Leader of Blackpool Council, and Chairman of the Shadow Combined Authority (s)

Resort set to land political conference after years in the wilderness

Blackpool could be in line to hold one of the main party conferences again after nearly a decade in the wilderness.

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Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn. Picture: Jane Barlow/PA Wire

Union calls on members to back Corbyn

GMB, the UK’s third largest trade union, has called for the Labour Party to unite and ‘get on with holding this Government to account’ following the announcement of the Party’s leadership result today.

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Blackpool Town Hall

Former leader’s anger at fellow councillor who failed to pay tax bill

A Blackpool councillor was taken to court and barred from voting at a key budget meeting after failing to pay their council tax, it has been revealed.

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Eddie Collett

Council stalwart’s son to run

Labour candidate David Collett has spoken of his poignant decision to run for the Tyldesley seat which his father Eddie held.

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Coun. Simon Blackburn

Leaders blast UKIP ‘lies’ over stitch-up claim

Labour and Tory leaders in Blackpool have been accused of ‘secret plotting’ in a bid to blow UKIP’s by-election campaign in the town off course.

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MP Gordon Marsden at Blackpool cylinders manufacturer Gledhill where solar panels were installed on the roof in July 2015. Left to right Chris Gledhill (Production Manager), Houghton Gledhill (Founder and Company Chairman) Gordon Marsden MP and John Paul Baines (Commercial Manager).

MP’s solar panels storm

A Blackpool MP and a school head have slammed plans which will see tax on solar panels go sky high.

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Brian London

Tribute to boxer Brian is rejected

Calls to rename Blackpool Sports Centre in recognition of Blackpool boxer Brian London who fought Muhammad Ali have been thrown out by councillors.

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A585 Windy Harbour to Skippool plans on display

Speak up on roads plan

Villagers are being urged to make their voices heard as proposals for a huge new dual carriageway are put to the public.

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Leader of Manchester City Council Sir Richard Leese  , Mayor of Liverpool Joe Anderson and former Chancellor George Osborne

‘Wobble over powerhouse is now resolved’

Former chancellor George Osborne said the Government was now “100 per cent committed” to his Northern Powerhouse project, despite a “wobble” when Theresa May became Prime Minister.

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Blackpool North MP Paul Maynard

MP makes maiden speech at despatch

Blackpool North MP Paul Maynard made his maiden speech at the famous Despatch Box as a newly promoted Government Minister.

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The official opening of Fleetwood's Northfleet Library back in November 2013. The branch is now to be closed due to cutbacks, although Fleetwood's main branch on North Albert Street will remain open.

Cuts to buildings confirmed

Lancashire County Council has now confirmed it will sell off more than 100 buildings which house libraries and children’s services as it looks to make £150m of savings by 2020.

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MP Mark Menzies

MP’s call for action on ‘shysters’

Fylde MP Mark Menzies has called on the Government to beef up its plans to sanction cold callers who breach direct marketing guidance.

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Mr Maynard spoke from the despatch box for the first time this week

Minister Paul Maynard’s nerves ahead of big debate

Blackpool North and Cleveleys MP Paul Maynard has admitted being ‘nervous’ before speaking at the front bench in Parliament for the first time.

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Protesters calling for Cleveleys Library to be saved

Wyre and Fylde libraries sell-off decision challenge

County councillors have been asked to reconsider the controversial sell off of library and children’s services buildings in Wyre and Fylde.

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County Hall

Refuges spared in big cuts cull

Nine refuges for victims of domestic violence have been thrown an £800,000 cash lifeline by the county council.

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