New councillor ‘grew up’ in world of politics

Luke Taylor, who has been elected to represent Clifton ward on Blackpool Council.
Luke Taylor, who has been elected to represent Clifton ward on Blackpool Council.
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Blackpool’s newest councillor grew up with politics, but is now looking to stamp his own identity on the council chamber.

Luke Taylor, 25, retained the Clifton ward seat for Labour with 501 votes after a by-election was called following the death of former councillor Joan Greenhalgh.

He is the grandson of long-standing Blackpool councillors Ivan and Sylvia Taylor.

He said: “I have grown up with politics, but it was my own decision to stand. I wanted to get on the council to show there are representatives from the younger generation.

“I am a young working man with two children, but I want to show that this is something people like me can achieve.

“We worked very hard as a team on the election campaign. A lot of residents in Clifton ward mentioned Joan and the hard work she did, and hopefully I will be able to carry that on.

“And I hope people will see I am there for them and will represent them.”

Coun Ivan Taylor has been on the council continuously since 1971.

UKIP’s Spencer Shackleton polled the second highest number of votes with 362, while Conservative candidate Bruce Allen came in third with 283 votes.

The other candidates were Gita Gordon (Liberal Democrats) who received 33 votes, Tina Rothery (Green Party Stop Fracking Now), who received 25 votes, and Philip Watt (Trade Unionists and Socialists Against Cuts) who received 10 votes.

The result means Labour has won its seventh by-election in succession since the last local elections in 2011.

Council leader Coun Simon Blackburn said: “While we are not complacent, this result does bode well for both the General and local elections in May, for which we are currently finalising our campaign strategy and programme for the next four years.”