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Voters will need ID to vote in Pendle elections

Voters in 10 areas of England including Pendle in Lancashire will have to bring identity documents with them to polling stations in next month's council elections.

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The pilot for the vote on 2 May is part of a government test to combat potential voter fraud.

But critics have said the scheme would deny people their democratic right and was unnecessary because fraud is low.

Demo held over 'racist joke' councillor

A protest over the reinstatement of a Tory councillor who shared an offensive racist joke on Facebook has been held before a council meeting.

Rosemary Carroll with Paul White, the leader of Pendle Conservatives at the election count
Tory leader Paul White previously said Rosemary Carroll had "learned form her mistake"

About 40 people demonstrated at Nelson town hall on Thursday over the return of Earby councillor Rosemary Carroll to the Conservative ranks.

It gave the Tories the seat they needed to take control of Pendle Council at the local elections. She had been forced to stand down for three months over the post, which she says she meant to delete but accidentally shared.

Labour councillor Zafar Ali said he had written a letter to Prime Minister Theresa May calling for an "urgent inquiry" into how a councillor suspended for a racist joke was reinstated - handing the party a council victory.

Tory leader Paul White previously said Ms Carroll had "learned form her mistake", and had apologised and completed diversity training.

The Conservatives now control Pendle with 25 seats, ahead of Labour's 15 and the Liberal Democrats' nine.

'Racist joke' councillor rejoins Tories

A former mayor who was suspended by the Conservatives for sharing a racist joke on Facebook has been reinstated - handing the party a council victory.

Rosemary Carroll
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Councillor Rosemary Carroll was forced to stand down for three months over the post which compared an Asian to a dog.

Her re-admission allowed the Tories to gain control of Pendle Council in Lancashire by one seat, which has angered Labour.

However, Tory leader Paul White said Ms Carroll had "learned form her mistake".

Local Elections 2018: Tories 'over the moon' at Pendle council win

The Conservatives have taken control of Pendle Borough Council. The authority was previously under no overall control but was led by Labour.

The new Conservative leader of the council, Paul White, said the party had been "waiting a very long time to get to this stage".

It is 39 years since Pendle Council was last in Conservative control. We've done it. We are absolutely over the moon and we can now deliver on our positive plan for Pendle."

Paul WhiteConservative leader of Pendle Council
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