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Burnley is a local government district with borough status in Lancashiremarker in North West England, named for its main town, Burnleymarker. It has been governed by the Liberal Democrats since 2008.

The current borders date from April 1, 1974, when the former county borough of Burnleymarker merged with the urban district of Padihammarker and part of Burnley Rural Districtmarker. In 2007 its proposal to merge with neighbouring Pendle Borough Council to form a larger authority was rejected by the government.

The borough's population has fallen from a high of 130,339 in 1911 to an estimated 87,700 in 2005. Between 1991 and 2001, it fell by 2.6%. Its employment rate of 59.0% places it 261st out of 376 local authorities in England & Wales; just 12.6% of its workforce are graduates, placing it 325th out of 376 local authorities.

Places in the borough of Burnley include:

Composition of Burnley Borough Council (as of May 2008)
Party Group Leader Seats Change (on 2007)
Gordon Birtwistle 23 +5
Julie Cooper 12 -5
Peter Doyle 6 0
British National Party Sharon Wilkinson 4 0
Total Seats 45


References

  1. "Government says no to home rule for Burnley and Pendle", Burnley Borough Council website, March 27 2007. Accessed 30 August 2007.
  2. A Vision of Britain Through Time. Accessed 6 May 2008.
  3. Office for National Statistics|2001 Census. Accessed 6 May 2008.



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