Roe Lee


Phil Riley – your Labour Councillor in Roe Lee

phil rileyI’ve been your councillor for the last four years and, during that time, I’ve been a regular attender at the meetings of

the various community groups in the ward. I’ve taken up problems on behalf of many local residents including antisocial behaviour such as persistent dog-fouling and illegal metal collection, road improvements and planning issues. I am a school governor at Roe Lee Primary School and a trustee of the Blackburn Foodbank. In these difficult

times for public services, I have tried to represent the best interests of the residents of the Ward – as a result of

my intervention, a limited regular bus-service was introduced to serve Warrenside and Parsonage Road and

I’m delighted that we have now secured funding to replace the dangerous old traffic lights at the Whalley

New Road/Parsonage Road crossroads.


2015 Election Result

Phil Riley (Lab): 1409
Paul David Marrow (Con): 1008
Arlene Noone (UKIP): 609

Turnout: 64.40%
Majority: 401


The 2014 election result was as follows:

David Pearson (Con):  786

Ron Whittle (Lab):  980

Turnout:  38.4%

Majority:  194



Labour’s team in Roe Lee

 sylviaCllr Sylvia Liddle

I’m Sylvia Liddle and I have lived in Roe Lee Ward for the last 7 years. I was born in Blackburn and have two grown-up children and a grand-daughter. Prior to my retirement, I was employed as a schools’ swimming teacher for 37 years. I joined the Teachers Union, NASUWT in 1970 and became President of the Blackburn Branch in 1990. I have a strong belief in public service, have a wealth of experience and a proven track record. I was a Councillor for Queens Park Ward from 1979 to 1988 and, in 1987, I was the Mayor of the old Borough of Blackburn. I have also been a School Governor for 36 years and a Magistrate for 24 years.
Telephone: 01254 264589

phil rileyCllr Phil Riley

It’s been a busy year since I was elected last May and, during that time, I’ve met quite a lot of ward residents and I’m pleased to say that I’ve been to help some residents to get improved services. The biggest single success was being able to persuade the bus operators to bring back the bus that serves Parsonage Rd and Warrenside – without this bus, some older residents were finding it hard to get into town and, certainly, on cold and wet days, the walk down to the bus stops on Whalley New Road can be quite a challenge. The Roe Lee area is also lucky to have so many enthusiastic voluntary groups and it’s no surprise that the first action in the Council’s Your Call campaign happened in the ward when a group of us tidied up the Brownhill Plantation that runs along the side of Whalley New Road near to Brownhill roundabout. Since then, there have been a number of other activities in the ward under the Your Call banner and, just recently, Roe Lee Park has been chosen to host the pilot of the Council’s new get-tough approach to dog-fouling. I feel very strongly about anti-social behaviour like dog-fouling and littering that spoil our area and there will be other clean-up activities arranged in the future – if you’ve got any ideas or want to volunteer,  you can contact me on or on 260468.


Cllr Ron Whittle


I’m Ron Whittle and I’m your Labour Party Councillor in Roe Lee Ward. I’ve lived in the Roe Lee area for 24 years and, for many years, I’ve been a Governor of Roe Lee Park School. Throughout my working life, I’ve been active in the trade union movement. I was formerly a housing manager with Blackburn with Darwen Council and then with Twin Valley Homes and I now work for a housing association in Salford. These experiences will help me to represent you. This is not a good time to depend on council services because the cuts under this government are worse than at any time in recent history. Along with my Labour colleagues, I will try to maintain the services you depend upon and campaign to stop the government’s cuts which threaten them.

The coalition government has made huge cuts to the budget of Blackburn with Darwen Council and this has put vital services at risk. These public spending cuts are falling very heavily on Northern towns with high levels of deprivation while wealthy areas in the South of England are left untouched. This is completely unfair because it puts a serious burden on the social fabric of towns like Blackburn and is one of the major reasons behind the alarming increase in citizens who need to use foodbanks. With your support, I hope to be able to join a Labour Council that is trying to protect the most vulnerable citizens from the effects of these unfair cuts whilst also trying to build up the prosperity of the town by attracting new jobs into the borough.

 Local Election Results since 2001

Name/Year Party Votes Cast Elected
Moira Ann Dean Liberal Democrat 374
Maureen McGarvey Conservative 1425 E
Ronald Peter O’Keeffe Labour 1058
Shaukat Hussaim Labour 463
Michael Joseph Law-Riding Conservative 1444 E
Maureen McGarvey Conservative 1415 E
Ronald Peter O’Keeffe Labour 588
David Pearson Conservative 1406 E
Philip Riley Labour 674
David Pearson Conservative 1324 E
Philip Riley Labour 568
Maureen McGarvey Conservative 1225
Philip Riley Labour 535 E
David Pearson Conservative 1721 E
Philip Riley Labour 1354
Maureen McGarvey Conservative 917
Philip Riley Labour 983 E
Nancy Shaw-Farmer British National Party 175
Michael Joseph Law-Riding Conservative 686
Sylvia Liddle Labour 886 E
Nancy Shaw British National Party 101

One thought on “Roe Lee”

  1. Hope that you gain another seat by ridding the ward of Law-Riding someone who we only see at election time.

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