Lancashire

Blackburn with Darwen Council by-election winner disqualified minutes after win

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The winner of a council by-election's victory celebrations proved premature when he was informed he had not been eligible to stand in the first place.

Labour's Adam Holden thought he had secured Blackburn with Darwen Council's Highercroft ward with a 277 majority.

But the returning officer declared the result null and void because Mr Holden works for a council-owned company - this is banned under Electoral Commission regulations.

The election will have to be re-run.

'Genuine mistake'

Returning officer Harry Catherall said: "Mr Holden gave me an explanation of his oversight and he advised me that that he had made a genuine mistake with regards to his eligibility to stand and that this had been brought to his attention earlier in the day.

"I will now make arrangements to re-run the election in due course."

Mr Holden got 466 votes, ahead of UKIP and the Conservatives on 169 and 133 votes respectively.

The by-election was called after the death of a long-standing councillor.

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