Labour's 2021 local elections in Lancashire have gone from bad to worse after losing control of another council in the county.

On Friday, the party lost control of Rossendale Borough Council with no party now in control of the political agenda.

Its coalition with the Liberal Democrats at Pendle Borough Council was also thrown out in favour of a Conservative majority administration.

Saturday started off with the Conservative administration at Lancashire County Council strengthening its hold at County Hall, albeit with Labour gains also secured.

There were some solid - rather than positive - results, with Chorley, Preston, and Hyndburn councils all staying Labour controlled. Burnley, which Labour lost in 2019, remains without a majority political administration two years after the party was booted out.

But Labour's May 6 election results have worsened yet again as of Saturday afternoon after the party lost control of a third council in Lancashire in two days.

Like with Rossendale, West Lancashire Borough Council is now No Overall Control.

Going into the election, Labour held 29 of the 54 seats on offer.

But after losing three seats to the Tories, independent candidate James Phillip Upjohn, and the Our West Lancashire party, the council has been thrown into political chaos.

Ian Moran, the Labour leader of the council going into the election, said he "expected it to be worse to be honest".

"It's something we can work with," Councillor Moran said.

But when pushed on whether he will form a working relationship with the Tories and Our West Lancashire, he said "no chance" to the first and "doubt it" to the second.

"We'll have to see over the next week or so," Coun Moran said.

"We're trying to make sure it works for the people of West Lancashire."

As for Labour's performance in Lancashire this election period, he said the national party did nothing to help.

Coun Moran said: "The national picture has not helped us at all. We need to have a real look at the policy on offer looking forward."

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