The local authority area sits over two parliamentary constituencies, Rossendale and Darwen in the South and Blackburn in the North; in the 2017 general election they were returned Conservative and Labour respectively.
Following a review of the borough’s electoral arrangements in 2017, there are 51 Councillors representing 17 new wards. The borough operates a Leader and Executive model of governance.
Aside from the borough council the area is also home to six parish councils. These are:
- Darwen Town Council
- Eccleshill and Waterside Parish Council
- Livesey Parish Council
- North Turton Parish Council
- Pleasington Parish Council
- Tockholes Parish Council
- Yate and Pickup Bank Parish Council
Parish and ward data can be found using the ONS and Nomis Local Area Report tool