LABOUR is today celebrating seizing control of Chorley Council after a triumphant night for the party nationally.
Leader Alistair Bradley said it was the start of a new era, as his group wrestled overall control of the council from a Conservative-Liberal Democrat coalition, taking 24 of the 47 seats.
He pledged to open up the town hall to greater public scrutiny, tackle youth unemployment and make Chorley a “big player”.
He said: “The people of Chorley want to be more involved. It is all about doing things in the community.
“I don’t want to be sitting in the town hall deciding what people do. I want to be out there. I want to go and address the problems. “
Nationally, the coalition endured a battering as Labour racked up gains.
The opposition claimed it was “exceeding expectations” by seizing control of key councils such as Thurrock, Harlow, Southampton, Birmingham, and Great Yarmouth. In a further blow, Nottingham ignored pleas from the Prime Minister and rejected proposals for an elected mayor.
See Wednesday’s Chorley Guardian for all of the drama of the night, plus the new leader’s vision for Chorley