NATIONAL: Ukip leader ousted after less than six months in the job

The leader of political party Ukip, Henry Bolton, has been removed after a no confidence motion.
Budget cuts are shrinking our bus services

Budget cuts are shrinking our bus services

Buses across Lancashire are covering 4.5 million fewer miles than four years ago, according to new figures.

Council tax payers in Blackpool face a rise of almost six per cent

Council tax bills set to rise across Fylde coast

Fylde coast residents are facing another hike in their council tax bills as all three local authorities propose to increase charges for the next financial year.
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Blackpool link road, watched by civic officials in 1986. The road follows the old railway line to the site of Central Station and is named after Lancashire County Council surveyor Harry Yeadon (far left), it was opened on the 3rd January 1986. Louise Ellman in light coloured coat

The first female leader of Lancashire County Council talks about her journey into politics

Voting Louise Ellman into office was a ground-breaking moment for women in the North West - the first female leader of Lancashire County Council.

Coun Christine Wright

New plan to tackle Blackpool's homeless problem

Blackpool Council has announced its new plans tackle homelessness.

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Maureen Carpenter (top left) was jailed for 18 months for VAT fraud after hiding some of her earnings at the Booze Booze Booze store on Central Drive, Blackpool, from the taxman

Tax cheat jailed for £100k VAT scam at Blackpool newsagent

A tax cheat who admitted running a three-year VAT scam worth more than £100,000 in Blackpool has been jailed.

County Coun John Fillis, deputy leader of the Labour group

County councillors clash over leaked pay for top executive

A County Hall row over leaked information on top salaries has escalated after leaders of the two biggest political parties lodged complaints about each other.

Elected MPs need to stand up for a free press and local democracy

MPs must protect the local press from damaging Lords amendment

This week the Prime Minister announced a review into the health of the news media, including the regional and local press. It is very much to be welcomed.
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The £500m new trains heading to the North West

Bosses at train operator Northern are on a mission.

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Blackpool South MP Gordon Marsden has raised concerns about cuts to policing

Blackpool ‘failed’ by police cuts warns Marsden

Blackpool’s Labour MP today warned cuts to policing are ‘failing to protect Blackpool’ amid concerns of increasing incidents of anti-social behaviour in the town.
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The route of the new M55 link road

M55 link road: Land buy-up begins for new route

A major scheme to create a link road to the M55 has moved one step closer.

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Lancashire County Council has increased its council tax precept by 5.99 per cent

FEEL THE SQUEEZE: Council tax hike as services cut

Lancashire’s council tax payers will have to dig deep to pay their bills this year after the county council approved a tax increase double the inflation rate.

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Wyre Councils  Bill Ramshaw  with palm oil found on the beaches in December

Blackpool MP in call for action on toxic palm oil

A Blackpool MP is calling on the Government to review rules about the dumping of palm oil at sea.

County Coun John Fillis

Eleventh hour bid to keep county's community transport services on the road

An eleventh hour bid will be made tomorrow to save Lancashire’s community transport services from cutbacks.

County Coun Geoff Driver

Consultation on Council's new halal meat policy after school meals boycott threatened

A one month consultation has been launched on Lancashire County Council’s controversial plans to change its halal meat policy.

Moor Park Health and Leisure Centre

'Shattered glass' blamed for closing Moor Park pool for two days

The closure of the main swimming pool at Moor Park Health and Leisure Centre in Bispham has been blamed on shattered glass.
Police and a man dressed as Elmo outside a polling station

These are the people who still cannot vote in the UK

The right to vote is afforded to the majority of the population of the UK, but there are still demographics to whom it remains off limits.

Blackpool North and Cleveleys MP Paul Maynard

Blackpool North and Cleveleys MP hails new action on high interest loans

Blackpool North and Cleveleys MP Paul Maynard has welcomed fresh action by the Financial Conduct Authority to tackle high cost lending.

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An artists impression of the tram and hotel scheme.

Blackpool's town centre plans ‘are still on track’

Claims Blackpool’s tramway extension could be delayed by hold-ups on other town centre regeneration schemes have been rejected by town hall chiefs.

Coun Maxine Callow

Council warned Blackpool 'must keep its M&S store'

The closure of Marks and Spencer stores in other parts of the country has prompted fears about the future of Blackpool’s store.

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