Higher Croft

Don McKinlay – further sad loss in Higher Croft

Don McKinlay with Andy Kay
Don McKinlay with Andy Kay

Following the loss of Councillor Mike Johnson last October we were saddened at the death of Councillor Don McKinlay in January.  There will now be a by-election on the 23rd March, at which a new Councillor will be elected.


Result of Higher Croft by-election 15th December 2016

Ian Grimshaw – UKIP 187

Amy Johnson – Labour 435 (elected)

Maureen McGarvey – Conservative 187

Turnout 14.9%

2015 Election Result

Michael Christopher Johnson (Lab):1283
Gary Clifford Burrows (UKIP): 927
Michael Aaron Brooks (Con): 570

Turnout: 51.63%
Majority: 356

Andy Kay and Don McKinlay hold Higher Croft for Labour

The 2014 result was as follows:

Andy Kay (Lab):  908

Paul Marrow (Con):  389

Don McKinlay (Lab):  877

Turnout:  27.3%

Majority:  Kay 519, McKinlay  488

Following the sad death of Councillor Dorothy Walsh in February, two Councillors were elected.  Andy Kay retained the seat and was joined by Don McKinlay who lives off Stopes Brow.

A message from Andy

Hello again. It’s now 4 years since you last elected me to represent Higher Croft Ward and I am pleased to offer myself for re-election once again. As your representative I hold open surgeries every Thursday morning at the breakfast club in the Energy Zone and at the Tenants base on Manxman Road. Your Higher Croft Labour Team is here to help you.

As well as being a member of the Labour Party I am also a member of the Co-operative Party.

Our achievements

Roman Road Library – kept open in spite of Tory cuts

All over the country, public libraries are closing due to Tory cuts but your Labour Council knows the value of good quality community services and has managed to keep facilities like Roman Road Library open.

Listened to residents’ concerns

Many residents expressed concern about the activities of illegal scrap metal dealers. We have introduced a registration system that forces both dealers and collectors to buy a licence to trade on our streets

Tougher penalties for dog-fouling

We are all absolutely fed up with the anti-social behaviour from a minority of dog owners. We have introduced tougher penalties for dog fouling in parks and children’s play areas and local PCSOs can now issue tickets to anyone seen committing this disgusting offence

Dorothy WalshDorothy Walsh (1935-2014)

On February 28th 2014 Blackburn Cathedral was packed with relatives, friends and former Labour Party comrades as people gathered for a Civic Funeral to remember Councillor Dorothy Walsh who had passed away following a short illness. Attendees, including Blackburn’s MP, Jack Straw, were united in grief and recognition of Dorothy’s contribution to Blackburn Labour Party over the past quarter of a century.

Your Labour team in Higher Croft

mikeCouncillor Mike Johnson

I have been a Blackburn with Darwen councillor for over 20 years and have represented Higher Croft Ward since 2011. I have three children who all attended Longshaw schools and I am a governor at Longshaw Infants School. I am also the Lead Member on the council for Childrens’ Services. Over the years, I have had a great deal of experience of representing residents’ views to the Council and over the past 4 years have helped residents with problems including refuse collection, traffic calming, noisy neighbours and community safety issues.

Telephone: 01254 661265
E-mail: mike.johnson@blackburn.gov.uk

Andy_Kay_cropped_smaillCouncillor Andy Kay

Andy has represented Higher Croft ward since 1988. He is currently Deputy Leader of the Council and Executive Member for Resources.

Telephone: 01254 201786
E-mail: andy.kay@blackburn.gov.uk


Regular advice surgeries are held on the first Monday of each month at Roman Road library, between 6pm and 7pm, every Thursday at the Roman Road community centre, between 10am and 11am and the third Thursday of each month at the community base, 116a Manxman Road

Local Election results since 2001



Votes cast


Frederick Gollop Liberal Democrat 644
Jeffrey Stone Conservative 462
Dorothy Walsh Labour 992


Linda Bufton Independent 434
Frederick Gollop Liberal Democrat 736 E
Andrew Kay Labour 613


Christopher Tattersall Conservative 469
Dorothy Walsh Labour 794


Ashley Whalley Labour 574
Brian Dunning Liberal Democrat 369
Natalie Jeal British National 527
Andrew Kay Labour 659


Robert Robinson Conservative 228


Fred Gollop Liberal Democrat 535
Mike Johnson Labour 696           E
Ian Lofthouse England First Party 269
Peter Robinson Conservative 266
Darren Jeal British National 396
Jim Kenyon Conservative 487
Dorothy Walsh Labour 723


Darren Jeal British National 551
Andy Kay Labour 1361


Paul Marrow Conservative 885


Darren Jeal British National 179
Michael Johnson Labour 980


Paul Marrow Conservative 417
Paul Marrow Conservative 275
Dorothy Walsh Labour 1037